Emily Bass and Sheri Fink on the Fight Against AIDS in Africa

Wednesday, July 28, 5:00pm–6:00pm

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Emily Bass, To End a Plague: America's Fight to Defeat AIDS in Africa

When George W. Bush announced the PEPFAR program in 2003, he launched an astonishingly successful American war against a global pandemic. PEPFAR played a key role in slashing HIV cases and AIDS deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, leading to the brink of epidemic control. Resilient in the face of flatlined funding and political headwinds, PEPFAR is America’s singular example of how to fight long-term plague—and win. Emily Bass discusses the story and her new book, To End a Plague, which she researched in the special collections of The New York Public Library.

Emily Bass has spent more than twenty years writing about and working on HIV/AIDS in America and East and Southern Africa. Her writing has appeared in numerous books and publications including Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Lancet, Esquire, and n+1, and she has received notable mention in Best American Essays. A lifelong social justice activist, Bass has served as an external expert for the World Health Organization and a member of the What Would an HIV Doula Do collective. She is the recipient of a Fulbright journalism fellowship and a Martin Duberman Visiting Research Fellowship from the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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