Reading Rainbows: AIDS and the 80s Through Film

Presented By: Alex Klementiev & David Howard

The enormous impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the LGBT+ community remained largely ignored throughout the 80s by mainstream society. Even today, it’s often difficult to engage and learn about the epidemic as the material remains inaccessible and often overlooked by younger generations. A bigger question emerges: how do you begin to learn about the AIDS epidemic during the 80s? In this seminar, Alex Klementiev and David Hayward explore several themes found in film including the average experience, activism and homophobia. Together, they bring a cross generational perspective with the goal of exposing others to the AIDS epidemic through a new lens – allowing others a door through which to learn about the epidemic.

Event Details


  • Friday, December 3, 2021
    12:00 pm - 12:59 pm
Location: Register to receive link

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