Week 8: John Blevins

John Blevins spoke about the history of AIDS activism before the break and then about the intersection between religion and sexuality and how it relates to HIV/AIDS after the break.

Dr. Blevins showed several interviews from the ACT UP Oral History Project: http://www.actuporalhistory.org/

And we talked about whether or not ACT UP was a violent or non-violent movement.


  • Gould, Deborah B. “Life During Wartime: Emotions and the Development of ACT UP,” Mobilization: An International Journal 2002; 7(2): 177-200.
  • Allen, Peter Lewis.  The Wages of Sin: Sex and Disease, Past and Present (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000). (Chapter Six)
  • Henley Long, Kate. “On Sex, Sin, and Silence: an Islamic Theology of Storytelling for AIDS Awareness,” in Islam and AIDS: Between Scorn, Pity, and Justice (Oxford: One World Publications, 2009).
  • Jackson, Peter Anthony. “Thai Buddhist Accounts of Male Homosexuality and AIDS in the 1980s,” The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 1995; 6(3): 142-153.

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