Take part in a conversation following select performances of The Normal Heart with guest panelists. The panels will explore how HIV/AIDS is represented in the media and in the arts as well as how the virus continues to affect gay men, women, senior citizens, youth and people of color both nationally and in the Washington metro area. Panels are free and open to the public.
Sunday, July 8 following the 1:00 p.m. matinee:
From Medical to Media: Bringing a Voice to an Epidemic
How has the history of AIDS/HIV evolved in medicine and the media? And how has its widespread effect on different populations cultivated our understanding of AIDS/HIV today? Join National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Acting Director Dr. Susan Shurin and TheBody.com Community Manager Olivia Ford in a discussion following the July 8th matinee of The Normal Heart, moderated by Arena Stage’s Literary Manager Amrita Ramanan.
Susan B. Shurin, M.D., is the Acting Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). She joined NHLBI in 2006 as the Deputy Director, and has been Acting Director since December 2009. She is responsible for the scientific and administrative management of the intramural and extramural activities of the NHLBI, and oversight of the Institute’s clinical research portfolio. Dr. Shurin represents the NHLBI in activities across the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services. The NHLBI, third largest of the 27 Institutes and Centers at NIH, has an annual budget of over $3 billion, and manages a complex portfolio of basic, clinical, translational and epidemiologic research. Institute-conducted research takes place on the campus in Bethesda MD and in Framingham MA. Three quarters of the Institute’s resources are allocated to support extramural research across the US and across the globe. Dr. Shurin is engaged in multiple trans-NIH research and administrative activities, and in global health research on non-communicable diseases, in which capacity she chairs the Board of the Global Alliance of Chronic Diseases.
Olivia Ford has worked with TheBody.com, the largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS news and information resource on the Internet, since late 2007. Ford currently serves as TheBody.com's Community Manager, doing her best to help make TheBody.com an effective bullhorn for the nationwide HIV/AIDS community. In this capacity, Ford communicates regularly with the site's bloggers, online experts and first-person interviewees regarding all aspects of being featured on the site. She has also written and moderated discussions on topics such as trauma and HIV/AIDS, transgender health care and familial homophobia for the website. Ford has a background in education and workshop facilitation with diverse audiences of all ages. She has presented workshops at conferences throughout the U.S. on topics ranging from HIV/AIDS and the media to using online storytelling as a means to combat HIV/AIDS stigma.