We will explore how HIV/AIDS has been portrayed in diverse genres through the perspectives of the scientist and the literary critic.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.
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No prior college-level experience with biology or literary study is required, though it is recommended that students have completed high school-level biology and literature courses. In the introductory part of the course, we will discuss basic strategies for reading scientific journal articles and doing basic literary interpretation.
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This class engages students in a transdisciplinary conversation about representations of HIV/AIDS: in science writing, journalism, visual art, literature, drama, and popular culture. We believe that scientists and cultural critics can learn valuable lessons from one another, even as they create their own responses to HIV/AIDS. Today, over 30 years since the first scientific reports of HIV/AIDS, the pandemic remains a major health concern throughout the world. But, rays of hope have led to speculation that an AIDS-free generation may be possible. In such a timely moment, it is essential for us to connect across the "two cultures" as we consider the social and scientific implications of HIV/AIDS.
Ann M. Fox Professor of English at Davidson College, Dr. Ann Fox specializes in modern and contemporary dramatic literature and disability studies. Her scholarship on disability and theater has been supported by an AAUW postdoctoral fellowship and published widely. She has served on the executive board of the Society for Disability Studies and the MLA Executive Committee of the Division on Disability Studies, and her current book project traces the representation of disability on the 20th-century commercial stage. In 2009, she co-curated two disability-related visual arts exhibitions with Jessica Cooley: Re/Formations: Disability, Women, and Sculpture, and STARING. Dr. Fox earned a BS in Management and a BA in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a MA and PhD in English from Indiana University at Bloomington.