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United In Anger: ACT-UP and the Politics of HIV/AIDS

Date: 04/18/2013

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: 275 Nicholson Hall

Cost: Free


Discussion with Jim Hubbard, director of United In Anger: A History of ACT-UP, historian Jennifer Brier, and Keith Henry, MD.

Nearly 40 years ago the first cases of AIDS appeared in the United States, growing quickly into a pandemic. Initially termed Gay-Related Immune Deficiency, the disease stoked fear and homophobia, as well as anger over government inaction. In 1987, a group of activists formed the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), taking political action to the streets with a literal life-or-death urgency and an unprecedented media savvy. Veteran filmmaker Jim Hubbard takes on ACT UP’s history through behind-the-scenes archival footage, which shows the planning and execution of some of its most notorious exploits—Seize Control of the FDA, Day of Desperation, and a die-in at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York—as well as interviews from his ACT UP Oral History Project. Illuminating the significant roles women and minorities played in the movement, Hubbard's vital documentary captures the growth and evolution of a movement that changed the way people thought about AIDS and public protest, even as many of its own members were dying. Hubbard, a former Twin Cities resident, was involved with the longtime St. Paul nonprofit Film in the Cities.

Presentation will be followed by a reception.

United In Anger: A History of ACT-UP will be screened at the Walker Art Center on April 17 at 7:30 p.m.  Full information and tickets are available at http://www.walkerart.org/calendar/2013/united-anger-history-act.


  • Name: Institute for Advanced Study
  • E-mail: ias@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-5054
  • Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study, GLBTA Programs Office, History of Medicine, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, American Studies, Teaching Heritage Collaborative, Midwest AIDS Training & Education Center, Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies, and Walker Art Center


Parking is available at the 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue ramps. Reciprocal contract parking in the 21st Avenue ramp is available for those with contracts on the East Bank or on the Saint Paul campus.

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To request disability accommodations, please contact the IAS.

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