You’re Invited: July 16 Newseum event ‘Shame: HIV/AIDS and the Church in Jamaica’

The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum, in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, presents:

“Shame: HIV/AIDS and the Church in Jamaica” with poet Kwame Dawes and photographer Andre Lambertson. The session on Thursday, July 16 is the third in the Newseum-Pulitzer Center series on “Faith, Freedom, Sexuality & Silence” held in Washington, DC.

Over the past six years the rate of HIV/AIDS infection in Jamaica has remained around 1.7 to 2 percent. This steady rate has caused many to forget the challenges of stigma and social rejection that HIV-positive Jamaicans continue to experience. Despite efforts within some churches to increase awareness of the disease and acceptance of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, the church in Jamaica in many ways remains space of silence, neglect, and homophobia.

Dawes and Lamberston combine original Pulitzer Center-supported reporting, long-form journalism, poetry and photography to reveal the complex combination of secrecy, shame, bravery, compassion, paranoia, anxiety, hopefulness, anger, and fear of Jamaicans whose lives have intersected around the issue of HIV/AIDS. Virginia Quarterly Review published the project’s multimedia video poems online in June.

The Pulitzer Center’s reporting on HIV in the Caribbean is supported by the MAC AIDS Fund.

This event is free but registration is required. Be sure to reserve your seat today!

Date: Thursday, July 16
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Newseum, Knight Conference Center, 7th Floor, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
(Please use the 6th Street NW entrance)

Reception follows the discussion.

This event comes a day after a related Pulitzer Center event at Johns Hopkins SAIS. On Wednesday, July 15, the Center for Transatlantic Relations will screen ‘The Abominable Crime,’ a documentary film about homophobia in Jamaica. Filmmaker Micah Fink and human rights lawyer Maurice Tomlinson, a subject of the film, will be present for a discussion to follow. The screening is part of the Center for Transatlantic Relations’ Geopolitics of LGBT Rights Forum Series. Please RSVP separately for the July 15 event.

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