Panel discussion featuring: Michael Para MD, Department of Infectious Diseases and leader in HIV research; Joseph Wolin, Open This End curator; Garett Heysel, Assistant Dean and President of Scarlet & Gay Alumni Society; Joel Diaz, Chief Marketing & Community Affairs Officer for the AIDS Resource Center; panel discussion will be moderated by Garett Heysel.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 5:15-6:30PM
Barnett Collaboratory, 141 Sullivant Hall
The Ohio State University, 1813 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210
The Arts Initiative presents a panel discussion with the exhibition, Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne featuring a collection of work from renowned artists spanning the past 50 years, including works by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Mike Kelley, David Hammons, Tony Smith, and many others. The exhibition includes a number of pieces that respond and reflect the political and social issues of their time, including the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Artists, such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres, addressed controversies surrounding homosexuality and the AIDS crisis in the early 1990s. This panel examines the progress of HIV/AIDS research, and explores the issue from multiple social perspectives.
About the Panelists
Professor of Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Michael F. Para, MD’s research interests include HIV therapeutics and vaccines, HIV management issues, and HIV drug resistance. He is the Associate Dean for Clinical Research for the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health. He was awarded the Ohio Department of Health Directors AIDS Service Award in 1988, and its AIDS Leadership Award in 1999. Dr. Para currently directs the AIDS Education and Training sub-unit at Ohio State.
Dr. Joseph Wolin is an independent Curator and Critic in New York, and the Curator of Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne. His career in HIV/AIDS activism includes artworks such as (American Flag), 1989 addressing the topic, currently in the collection at the Whitney Museum and curating/organizing the exhibition, Absence, Activism and the Body Politic at New York’s Fischbach Gallery in 1994.
Dr. Garett Heysel is Assistant Dean of the Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of French, and the President of Scarlet & Gay Alumni Society, The Ohio State University’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Alumni Society. Scarlet & Gay promotes the best interests of GLBT alumni and students of The Ohio State University through the sponsorship of special events, scholarship programs, and education of GLBT issues.
Joel Diaz is the Chief Marketing & Community Affairs Officer for AIDS Resource Center (ARC) Ohio. ARC is Ohio’s premier community-based, not-for-profit provider of a comprehensive, coordinated and cutting-edge response to HIV/AIDS. ARC Ohio uses a holistic approach to address the physical, emotional, and social needs of those living with HIV/AIDS in a way that brings hope, healing, and empowerment. In 2011 Joel was named a Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan by the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission, the youngest individual to have received this recognition to date. In 2012 he was appointed to the Columbus Community Relations Commission, and in 2013 he gave a TEDxOSU talk titled: Taking a Stand: Voices Amplified about his experience dissolving hate in Columbus.