Historians Read The Great Believers

Friday, April 3, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Type: Panel Discussion

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Tags: LGBTQ History and Queer Studies; Medical History

Abstract

In this panel, several historians consider Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers, the critically acclaimed and multiple-award-winning novel about the AIDS epidemic in Chicago in the 1980s. This is a panel not only about the history of HIV/AIDS but also about the space between fiction and history, and the challenges of writing a fictional account of the AIDS crisis. Rebecca Makkai will conclude the session with her own reflections on writing the novel.

Session Participants

Chair: Kevin Mumford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Panelist: George Aumoithe, Princeton University
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Panelist: Jennifer Brier, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Panelist: John A. D'Emilio, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Panelist: Regina G. Kunzel, Princeton University
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Panelist: Rebecca Makkai, Author (fiction)
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