Join a stellar panel as we examine the past, present, and future of the AIDS epidemic. With the rate of HIV infection on the rise once more in New York, it’s a critical time to explore the past missteps and victories in the battle against HIV and AIDS. We’ll also look ahead to the future and evaluate the most promising opportunities for breakthroughs.
Claire Yaffa, whose work has been featured in The New York Times and several other major publications, has worked for years to document an intensely intimate, behind-the-scenes look at medical institutions and their youngest patients, giving agency and voice to thousands of
individuals—particularly children—struggling with life-threatening illnesses. Among the institutions that Yaffa has worked with during her long
Jean Ashton leads a gallery tour exploring the impact of the AIDS epidemic on personal lives, public health and medical practices, culture, and politics in New York City and the nation. Gallery tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.
Jean Ashton is Senior Director, Resources and Programs at the New-York Historical Society and curator of AIDS in New York: The First Five Years.
Debuting in 1985, Larry Kramer’s award-winning play The Normal Heart encapsulated the fear, confusion, and outrage of the early years of the HIV/ AIDS crisis in New York City. In conjunction with the exhibition AIDS in New York: The First Five Years, this special program reflects on this critical period and the play’s lasting significance.
AIDS in New York: The First Five Years will explore the impact of the epidemic on personal lives, public health and medical practices, culture, and politics in New York City and the nation. Drawing from the archives of the New York Public Library, New York University, and the National Archive of LGBT History, the show will use posters, photographs, and artifacts to tell the story of the early years of AIDS in New York.
Jane Schultz on The War within the War: Harriet Eaton and Civil War Nursing Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a lecture series by eminent scholars discussing their most recent works on the Civil War. In this program, Jane E. Schultz, a leading expert on Civil War nursing, will discuss her book This Birth Place of Souls and examine one woman’s critical role on the battlefields of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. This series is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Reading Room and Oxford University Press.
To lead visitors through this history, from the discovery of insulin in Toronto by Dr. Frederick Banting in 1921 and its first human trials in 1922 to its widespread use today, Breakthrough features reproductions from archives including those of the University of Toronto, Eli Lilly and Company, the Rockefeller Institute, the Joslin Clinic and the New York Academy of Medicine.
At the invitation of Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital the New-York Historical Society will present a display in the Hospital lobby that will welcome families to the institution. This lively installation will feature a miniaturized façade of New-York Historical's building, leading into an interior populated with reproductions of some of its great treasures, including portraits of children and toys, in particular New-York Historical's beloved nineteenth-century Noah's ark.