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Never Silent: AIDS Education Posters at the University of Rochester
July 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
This talk will focus on the over 8,000 AIDS Education posters which are part of the collection of the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation at the University of Rochester. A gift of Dr. Edward Atwater, the posters and related ephemera span the globe and use diverse tactics, imagery, and emotion to educate about HIV/AIDS. The collection, the among the largest of its kind in the world, is the focus of a 2021 collaborative exhibition to be held at the Memorial Art Gallery. The exhibit, along with an accompanying book, innovative programming,and more, will seek to engage and create dialog around the history of the AIDS crisis and the continuing crisis in our community and around the world. Jessica Lacher-Feldman is Assistant Dean and the Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer Director of Rare Books, Special Collections at Preservation, River Campus Libraries, at the University of Rochester,and is the curator of the AIDS Education posters collection and project manager for the upcoming exhibit at MAG. Jessica holds an undergraduate degree in French Studies and graduate degrees in History and Library Science (Archives concentration) from the University at Albany. With twenty years in the archives profession, Lacher-Feldman has written and presented on a wide variety of topics and is an internationally recognized expert on exhibit development in archives and special collections.