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COLL 300: Eric Sawyer: Advisor, activist, advocate

Flyer for Sawyer's public eventFor more than 30 years Eric Sawyer has served as advisor, activist, and advocate shaping local and international policy in response to the institutional crises brought about by AIDS. Sawyer is:

  • A founding member of ACT UP (1983), co-founder of both Housing Works (1990) and the Health Global Access Project (1999), and Civil Society Partnerships Advisor to UN AIDS (since 2009).
  • Co-producer and senior AIDS advisor on the documentary film, "A Closer Walk," directed by Robert Bilheimer
  • An openly gay man who has been symptomatic with AIDS since 1980.
Public Event

Resistance, Activism, and Protest: Time for a Rebirth! [February 22, 2017; video]

Spring 2017 Theme: Unrest

At an institution dedicated to inquiry and examination, the intellectual waters are always in a state of unrest. Unrest, in a scientific sense, can imply loss of equilibrium. Unrest can be one feature of a psychological state leading to questioning or creativity; of a social state leading to criticism or conflict. Unrest can be a stimulus or a crisis, a challenge or a moment.