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On Saturday, March 9th, 2013, the New School and Visual AIDS brought together directors David France (How to Survive a Plague) and Jim Hubbard (United in Anger) to discuss their films as part of a three part series entitled Revisiting the AIDS Crisis and the Ongoing Epidemic: Health Challenges in the 21st Century.

Kellen auditorium, the site of the talk, was filled to over capacity. An overflow room was added at the New School and the event was live-streamed over in the internet. At least three screenings of the live-streaming were organized (in Montreal, Toronto, and Queens).

Since the recording of the event went up online almost 500 people have viewed the conversation. (You can watch it here: LIVE STREAM).

While France and Hubbard were speaking, people from around the world took to twitter using #ongoingaids. There was debate, information sharing, questions, and calls to action.

The day following the conversation, 50 people gathered in Lang Cafeteria at the New School for a public conversation entitled Time A Not A Line. People were able to process the discussion, share feelings, and hear about other AIDS-related cultural production and activism.

Concluding the series, on Monday March 11 director Jonathan Smith showed clips of his film They Go to Die, and Collen Daniels from Treatment Action Group gave a presentation at Exposing the Impacts of Labor and Co-Infection: AIDS, Treatment and Research.

Over the next two weeks we will be sharing recaps of the events, including photos and reflections.
Did you attend any of the events? Have you watched the Hubbard / France conversation online?
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