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October 29, 2019

Celeste Watkins-Hayes


Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality


When: October 29, 2019 • Time 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Where: UIC Student Center East, Room 605


About the Event: Join IRRPP, Gender and Women's Studies, and African American Studies for an event where Northwestern Professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes and UIC Professor Jennifer Brier will be in conversation about their research with women living with HIV/AIDS and Dr. Watkins-Hayes' new book Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality. The book uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a lens to understand how women generate radical improvements in their social well being in the face of social stigma and economic disadvantage. It draws on interviews with nationally recognized AIDS activists as well as over one hundred Chicago-based women living with HIV/AIDS to understand how these women shift their approach to their physical, social, economic, and political survival, thereby changing their viewpoint of “dying from” AIDS to “living with” it. The book provides techniques to encourage private, nonprofit, and government agencies to successfully collaborate, and shares policy ideas with the hope of alleviating the injuries of inequality faced by those living with HIV/AIDS everyday.


About the Speakers:

Celeste Watkins-Hayes (Ph.D. Harvard University, 2003) is a Professor in the Departments of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Broadly, her research focuses on the topics of Urban Poverty, HIV/AIDS, Non-profit and Governmental Organizations, Race, Class, and Gender.


Jennifer Brier (Ph.D. Rutgers University, 2002) is a Professor in the Departments of Gender and Women's Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Broadly, her research and teaching are largely focused on exploring the historical intersections of gender, race, and sexuality. Her research with women living with HIV/AIDS was the centerpiece of the Surviving and Thriving exhibit for the National Library of Medicine which has traveled across the country.


About the Series: Building on important work that has documented extensive health disparities, this inter-disciplinary lecture series will explore why race is so consequential for health outcomes. Sessions will focus on a range of topics including how race matters for access to healthcare and healthcare delivery, how structural and interpersonal racism impact mental, emotional, and physical health, and how scholars, practitioners, and community groups can intervene to improve health outcomes for vulnerable communities.