When: Mon., Oct. 28, 6 p.m. 2019
Downs, Ph.D., is Professor of History and Director of American Studies at Connecticut College. In this talk, Downs will explain how the outbreak of HIV in the early 1980s caused many historians, journalists, and others to portray the 1970s as a period of unfettered sex in order to explain the outbreak of HIV in the 1980s. As a result, we have a diluted picture of the 1970s. HIV changed how we narrated the history of the 1970s. This talk corrects this misinterpretation by uncovering forgotten episodes from the decade. The talk will be held in the Chapman Great Hall on the Trinity University campus.