World AIDS Day at Boston University

Join us for a day of music, theater, Film, poetry and aids information.

The Global Health Initiative is partnering with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, a Boston professional group consisting of people in the health professions, to recognize World AIDS Day on December 1, 2007. The free symposium will discuss the intersection of AIDS, arts, healing and leadership.

George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
10am - 4pm
Saturday, December 1, 2007

Light breakfast and snacks provided throughout the day.

World AIDS Day at Boston University Schedule

On Stage:

10:00am Welcome
Dr. Gerald Keusch, Director, Global Health Initiative at Boston University
"Getting Involved"
Andrey Ostrovsky, 2nd Year Medical Student and President of International Health Organization at Boston University
Morena Zelaya, Senior at Boston University and co-president of Project Hope at Boston University

Music: Pop Etude by Luiz E. Casteloes performed by Bianca Oglice, piano
Theater: The Baltimore Waltz
Theater: Beat the Sunset
Music: April by Mary Montgomery-Koppel performed by Jennifer Rose Parker-Sparks, soprano; Bianca Oglice, piano
Theater: Lonely Planet
Music: "We Will Always Walk Together" from Dream True by Ricky Ian Gordon
Theater: The Gift Horse
Theater: A Normal Heart
Music: Le virus s'amuse by Martin Hennessy performed by Alex Conway, solo flute


HIV/AIDS in Boston: Successes and Opportunities
Dr. Paul Skolnik, Chief, Infectious Diseases Section, BMC

11:50am Chevelle Sloan, patient living with HIV
12:00pm Emerson Miller, patient living with HIV
12:10pm Music and Community Health
Dr. Andre de Quadros, Director, School of Music, College of Fine Arts
12:30pm Break. Visit community action tables
1:15pm AIDS in Africa
Dr. Candace Miller, Assistant Professor, Center for International Health and Development and Department of International Health, School of Public Health
1:30pm Film "Living with Slim"
Samuel Kauffmann, Associate Professor of Film, College of Communication
1:50pm Art and HIV/AIDS 1983-2007
Dr. Eric Avery Psychiatrist and Artist, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
2:20pm Film "A Tale of Two Teens"
Susan Walker, College of Communication
2:40pm "Music, Illness, Forgetting and Work: A Poetry Reading" by Dr. Robert Pinsky,
Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Poet Laureate Emeritus
3:00pm Music: Solis by Stanley Freidman performed by Nathan Tighe, trumpet
Theater: Angels in America, Scene 1
Theater: Angels in America, Scene 2
Music: Contemplation for Cello and Piano by Justin Casinghino performed by Brando Brooks, cello; Wen-Chieh Lo, piano
3:30pm Film "Mountains of Hope"
Kara-Lee Pool, 4th Year Student at Boston University School of Medicine Awards Presentation and Quiz Answers
3:45pm Quiz Answers
Gayle Mendoza, Master in Public Health Candidate and Vice President Boston University Student Global Health Organization
Awards Presentations and Concluding Remarks
Dr. Gerald Keusch, Director, Global Health Initiative at Boston University
4:00pm End of Symposium
8:00pm Longwood Symphony Orchestra at Jordan Hall
For details and to purchase tickets to the evening concert visit


Off Stage Activities (open throughout the event):

Rapid Testing
Taking responsibility for your own body is one way to demonstrate leadership.  Rapid AIDS testing will be available on both Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st at the George Sherman Union. 

AIDS Quilt
See a part of the history of HIV/AIDS in the United States with a piece of the AIDS Quilt.

BU Community Posters
Come learn about some of the recent research and activities about HIV/AIDS in local and global communities that Boston University students and faculty have been involved in.

College of Fine Arts Poster Contest
Visual Arts students were given the topic AIDS, Art, Leadership and Healing and asked to create posters. Twenty of the top posters will be on display throughout the day followed by the awards presentation at 3:45pm.

Community and Action HIV/AIDS Organizations
Visit with the community and action organizations in Boston on the front lines of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

High School Art Competition
Boston area high school students were given the topic of HIV/AIDS, arts, healing and leadership and asked to submit an artwork piece.  The contest will be judged by professors at the Boston University.

How much do you know about HIV/AIDS?  The Community Service Center and Boston University Student Global Health Organization have created a quick survey to test participant knowledge and educate all concerned.

Patient Talks
Come listen to patients living with HIV in Boston.  Learn about their path as they learned about themselves and the issues surround HIV/AIDS.

Mosaic Installation
Patrick Short, a Boston University College of Fine Arts student, will create a mosaic of Polaroid photos of the elbow or finger of attendees or participants who took the Rapid AIDS test and consented to the picture during the event.

Red Ribbon Campaign
The red ribbon has come to represent an understanding and support of the battle against HIV/AIDS.  On Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st, Boston University students will show their support for the battle against HIV/AIDS with red ribbons and statistics placed around the Charles River and Medical campuses. 

Shirt-Off Our Back Paper Making
Senior administration at Boston University have donated the shirts off their back in support of World AIDS Day at Boston University.  Dr. Eric Avery, a psychiatrist and paper maker, will be making paper and screen printing messages about leadership and personal responsibility November 29th and 30th at the George Sherman Union.

Studio Student Art
Boston University Studio Student Art engaged an after school program to have elementary school children decorate a red ribbon for “Children sick around the world.” 

Special thanks to the Boston University student groups:

Boston University Student Global Health Organization * Community Service Center * International Health Organization * Physicians for Human Rights at Boston University * Rotaract at Boston University School of Public Health

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Abbott * Bristol-Myers Squibb * College of Fine Arts at Boston University * Dean of Students Office at Boston University * Global Health Initiative at Boston University * Merck * Pfizer * Tibotec/Johnson & Johnson.