February 26 Tuesday

We Will Be Citizens: from AIDS Activism to Mobilizing for Global Health Justice, Gregg Gonsalves, Asst. Prof. Yale School of Public Health

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12:10PM - 1:30PM
  • SLB Room 121
  • Open To The Yale Community
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Abstract: In public health, we talk about how social and economic determinants drive health outcomes. But what if we go further and think about how the social and economic policies that make us sick are established in the first place? This takes us into politics, how we are governed and by whom, into the political determinants of health. The AIDS epidemic provides a lesson in the collision of late 20th century free-market fundamentalism, the politics of race, gender and sexuality with a new, deadly virus. This ideological and virological pile-up unveils a system at work that shapes death by public policy, but also provides a model for resistance for us now. This talk will take us through a journey across time and place, to think about the 1960s, the rise of Reagan and HIV, from NYC to DC, to South Africa and elsewhere across the globe where the politics of health are right at the surface, in the fight for access to medicines, for health justice.

Bio: Gregg Gonsalves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health and an Associate Professor (Adjunct) at Yale Law School. At Yale, he also co-directs the Global Health Justice Partnership, an initiative of YSPH and YLS, working at the intersections of health and human rights and social justice. For close to 30 years, he has been an AIDS activist, working first with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in Boston and New York, then co-founding the Treatment Action Group (TAG) and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC). He has also worked with Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa in Cape Town. He studied Russian and English and American literature at Tufts in the 1980s before dropping out of college, only finishing his BS (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) in 2011 at Yale, where he also received a PhD (Public Health). He has been a fellow with the Program in Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and with the Open Society Foundations. He is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.

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