The Concordia University Community Lecture Series on HIV/AIDS presents “Thriving, Life, and Living: 30 Years of AIDS Community Care Montreal”.
When: Oct 5th, 2017, 7:00 PM
Where: D. B. Clarke Theatre, Concordia University, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of ACCM, “Thriving, Life, & Living” will explore the past, present, and future of this essential HIV/AIDS service organization. Representatives from different generations and departments of ACCM will discuss the organization’s response to the shifting contexts of the pandemic, with a particular focus on its current programs, initiatives, and challenges.
To help elucidate the various stages of ACCM’s history, the panel will feature re-stagings of selected scenes from On Life and Living, the acclaimed play written by Casey Stainsby, Amy Collier and Adjani Poirier (alumni of Concordia’s Department of Theatre and the Interdisciplinary HIV/AIDS Course). Based on interviews of past and present ACCM members, staff and volunteers, On Life and Living weaves together a story of the organization’s history using memories as a primary source. The play follows eight semi-fictionalized characters over a period of twenty-eight years as they recall their first encounters with the organization, experience some of ACCM’s pivotal moments, and grapple with the changing face of HIV/AIDS in Montreal.
Through a combination of performance and testimonial, this panel will provide audience members with a thorough understanding of the organization’s development, its current initiatives and challenges, and its hopes for the future. A reception will follow with light food and beverages.
The performance will take place in English.
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