"AIDS Knows No Borders’: Activist Rhetoric Against the Ban on HIV+ Immigration"
Dr. Karma R. Chavez (Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
This lecture will examine AIDS activist rhetoric used to challenge US immigration law during the 1990 and 1992 International AIDS Conferences. Their strategies offer insight into the function of rhetoric in building transnational coalitions, as well as into the unique characteristics of AIDS activist rhetoric during a time when for most, AIDS was a death sentence.
Karma R. Chávez is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Arts and affiliate in the Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is author of Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (University of Illinois Press, 2013). Karma is also a member of the radical queer collective Against Equality, an organizer for LGBT Books to Prisoners, and a host of the radio program, "A Public Affair" on Madison's community radio station, 89.9 FM WORT.