3rd Annual World AIDS Day Conference
Tue, December 1, 2009 • 9:00 AM • Texas Union Governors' Room and the Glenn Maloney Room (SSB)
And screening of the film Where the Water Meets the Sky
3rd annual World AIDS Day Conference
December 1, 2009
9 to 3, Texas Union Governors' Room
HIV/AIDS: Human Rights, Archives, and Memory
The third annual World AIDS Day Conference sponsored by the Health and Human Rights Working Group of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, from 9 to 3 in the Texas Union Governors' Room. This year’s conference will explore aspects of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic that concern issues of public memory, human rights, documentation, and representation. Please see the conference schedule below or online atwww.RapoportCenter.org. The conference will be free and open to the public.
After the conference, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies will screen the award-winning documentary Where the Water Meets the Sky at 4:45 p.m. in the Glenn Maloney Room (SSB G1.310). Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Where the Water Meets the Sky is the story of a remarkable group of women in a remote region of northern Zambia who are given the opportunity to learn how to make a film. Their topic? The plight of young women orphaned by AIDS.
Welcome: Barbara Harlow, English Department, Rapoport Center
Introduction: Jaclyn Markovich, Student Global AIDS Campaign
Sydney VanBerg, Face AIDS Austin
9:30-10:45: HIV/AIDS: Memory and Forgetting
"Hanging Rubberman #2
-Andy Campbell, Art History
"The Unseen: HIV/AIDS in the Transgender Population"
-Shane Whalley, Gender and Sexuality Center
"A Brief History of the AIDS Memorial Quilt"
-Scott Dinger, AIDS Services of Austin
Respondent: Ann Cvetkovich, English Department
11-12:15 HIV/AIDS: Health and Human Rights
"Successful Collaborations between Local Governments and Universities"
-Shannon Jones, III, Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services
-Ana Almaguel, Travis County Health and Human Services
-Dorie Gilbert, School of Social Work
-Alejandro Moreno, University of Texas Medical Branch Austin Programs
Chair: Vandana Nakka Peterson, Rapoport Center
12:15-1:15 lunchtime poster session
"Sex Workers in Honduras: Condoms, Power, Choices and Practices"
-Maria Garcia, Latin American Studies and Public Affairs
"The Responses of Local Religious Congregations to HIV/AIDS in East Africa"
-Nicolette Manglos, Sociology
"Face AIDS: A Student Campaign to fight AIDS"
-Sydney VanBerg, Face AIDS Austin
1:15-2:30 HIV/AIDS: Archives and Pedagogy
"HIV/AIDS Archives at UT"
Daniel Friedman, Plan II Honors
"Integrating Global and Local Perspectives on the HIV/AIDS Pandemic"
-Cynthia Buckley, Sociology
"How Volunteers Care for Persons with HIV/AIDS"
-Roger Temme, The Care Communities
Chair: Ruramisai Charumbira, History
2:30-3 closing remarks and discussion
4:45 Center for Women's and Gender Studies will screen _Where the Water Meets the Sky_ in the Glen Maloney Room (SSB G1.310).
About the film: Sometimes a single story can unite an entire community
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Where the Water Meets the Sky is the story of a remarkable group of women in a remote region of northern Zambia, who are given a unique opportunity: to learn how to make a film, as a way to speak out about their lives and to challenge the local traditions which have, until now, kept them silent.
Many in the group can’t read or write, most are desperately poor, and few have been exposed to film or television. But with the help of two teachers, this class of 23 women learn to shoot a film that portrays a subject of their own choosing. It involves an issue that is traumatic for them all, and rarely spoken about: the plight of young women orphaned by AIDS.
Their film recounts the real-life experiences of Penelop, an 18-year-old orphan, and her struggle to provide for herself and her siblings in the wake of her parents’ deaths.
What begins as a workshop about filmmaking, and a quest to tell Penelop’s story, becomes a journey in empowerment as the women rise to the challenge of pressing their community to change.
Uplifting and poignant, Where the Water Meets the Sky is the story of an unforgettable group of women who defy long traditions of silence and who demonstrate with courage, humor and resilience that their futures are once again something of promise.