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Media Advisory

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

ATTENTION: Assignment desks

HIV, Race, and the Obama Administration

Media Contact: Susan Gluss, (510) 642-6936,

Berkeley Law will host an evening panel to address President Obama’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Historically, the government and mainstream media framed HIV/AIDS primarily as a disease of gay white men.  But Obama’s strategy gives greater recognition to the racial impact of the epidemic.

Panelists will examine the advantages and disadvantages of reframing HIV/AIDS as a black and brown disease. They will engage in discussion of key questions: Who controls the agenda regarding HIV/AIDS research, activism and policy making?  What can federal and state governments do to address HIV-related racial and gender disparities?  How can scholars work with activists and policy makers to address the racial and gender dimensions of the disease?

Participants include attorneys, scholars, and advocates who will join the public event after a series of private working groups. Co-sponsors include the law school’s Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, and the Berkeley Essential Medicines Group.

Friday, March 4, 2011 from 5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.

UC Berkeley School of Law, room #105. See campus map.


Participants include:

Russell Robinson, associate professor and convenor, Berkeley Law;

Brook Kelly, HIV human rights attorney, Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease (WORLD), National Positive Women’s Network;

Naina Khanna, director of policy and community organizing, WORLD, National Positive Women's Network;

Patrick Wilson, professor of socio-medical sciences, Columbia University;

Dorothy Roberts, professor, Northwestern University School of Law;

Carlos Ulises Decena, assistant professor, Rutgers University.

The event is free and open to the media.  The general public can also attend free of charge, but registration is requested by March 3rd: