Brother Doc: An Unlikely Twentieth-Century American Revolutionary

Lecture Description

Alan Berkman (1945-2009) was a world-renowned HIV/AIDS physician researcher/activist and only the second doctor in American history to be arrested for accessory to murder after the fact for his political work. This lecture traces his experiences from small town Eagle scout and boy genius into the maelstrom of American radical politics in the 1970s-80s. Berkman served seven hard years in maximum security, almost died from his cancers in prison, and went on to organize a world wide struggle for appropriate treatment in the Global South. His is an unlikely story but gives insight both into the life of American political prisoners and health activism.


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