The College of Liberal Arts’ University Forum Lecture Series presents "Infected Kin: Anthropology, Creative Writing, and AIDS in southern Africa," a talk by Ellen Block, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, St. John's University and Will McGrath, Author/Journalist.
AIDS has devastated communities across southern Africa. In Lesotho, where a quarter of adults are infected, the wide-ranging implications of the disease have been felt in every family, disrupting key aspects of social life. In this talk, Ellen Block and Will McGrath discuss their book Infected Kin, where they examine how AIDS mortality and the large number of AIDS orphans have changed the ways families care for each other. This unique collaboration uses both anthropological research and creative nonfiction to bring to life the joys and struggles of the Basotho people at the heart of the AIDS pandemic.