Oct 10 Wilhemina's War: Film Screening with June Cross

About this event
Monday, October 10
6:00 - 7:30pm
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

In much of America, progress in HIV/AIDS treatment and improvement in education may suggest the worst is behind us, but every year 50,000 Americans are still diagnosed with the virus. Nearly half of them live in the South, where AIDS is one of the leading causes of death among black women. Wilhemina’s War is the story of Wilhemina Dixon, an uneducated daughter of sharecroppers who becomes a force in her family’s fight for survival from HIV and AIDS.

* Filmmaker June Cross will be joined by Prof. Samuel Freedman for a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Elaine May following the screening.

June Cross is an award-winning producer and writer with over thirty years of television news and documentary experience, and a professor at the Columbia Journalism School. Her autobiographical film "Secret Daughter," won an Emmy in 1997 and was honored that same year with a duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

Samuel Freedman is an award-winning author, columnist, and professor. A columnist for The New York Times and a professor at Columbia University, he is the author of the seven acclaimed books.

Elaine May is a historian of the United States in the twentieth century whose work centers on the intersections of gender, sexuality, domestic culture and politics.

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