Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture: Exhibit @ HSL

By Linda Johnsen September 21, 2018

By Linda Johnsen, September 21, 2018

The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to introduce Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture, a traveling exhibit on display at the Health Sciences Library (HSL), September 24th through November 3, 2018.

This six-banner traveling exhibition explores the rise of AIDS in the early 1980s and the evolving response to the epidemic over the last 30 years. It utilizes a variety of historic photographs and images of pamphlets and publications to illustrate how a group of people responded to, or failed to respond, to HIV/AIDS.

The title Surviving and Thriving comes from a book written in 1987 by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it. Jennifer Brier, the exhibition curator, explains that “centering the experience of people with AIDS in the exhibition allows us to see how critical they were, and continue to be, in the political and medical fight against HIV/AIDS.” Surviving and Thriving presents their stories alongside those of others involved in the national AIDS crisis.

The exhibit, on display starting Monday, September 24 on the second floor of the HSL, is free and open to the public.

For more information on exhibit content, see

For questions about the exhibit at the HSL, please contact Dawne Lucas, Special Collections Librarian:, 919-966-1776


This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.


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