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Students | Faculty+Staff | Chicago | Online | Vancouver | 10.07.20

Common Hour: The Black Author Series - Remaking a Life

Featuring: Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University, author, and educator widely credited for research at the intersection of inequality, public policy, and institutions, with a special focus on urban poverty and race, class, gender studies and deeply engaged in issues related to higher education.

Hosted by: The Adler Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes, will discuss her latest book, Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequity. Opportunity for Q&A after the presentation and the first 20 attendees receive a free book!

In the face of life-threatening news, how do we reevaluate and transform our lives? Starting in 2005, Northwestern professor of Sociology and African American Studies Celeste Watkins-Hayes spent more than a decade documenting the experiences of over 100 women living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago and beyond.

Remaking a Life uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a lens to understand how women achieve radical improvements in their social well-being in the face of social stigma and economic disadvantage. Drawing on interviews with nationally recognized AIDS activists and policy experts, as well as women living with HIV/AIDS, Watkins-Hayes takes readers on an uplifting journey chronicling women’s movements from “dying from” to “thriving despite” HIV/AIDS as they fight for their physical, emotional, economic, and political survival.

With an eye towards improving the lives of women, Remaking a Life provides strategies to encourage private, nonprofit, and government agencies to successfully collaborate, and shares policy ideas with the hope of alleviating the injuries of inequality faced by those living with HIV/AIDS every day.





October 7, 2020


12:00 - 1:00 pm CST


Melissa Moore

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