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This guide provides information on National Library of Medicine exhibits hosted by the College's Learning Commons.

2017-2018 Exhibit

This year's National Library of Medicine exhibit is Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture. 

According to the National Library of Medicine, "The exhibition explores the rise of AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic over the last 30 years. 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 six-banner traveling exhibition utilizes a variety of historic photographs as well as images of pamphlets and publications to illustrate how a group of people responded to, or failed to respond, to HIV/AIDS. Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture began traveling around the United States in October 2013." 

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

When can I view this exhibit?

The exhibit is available to view October 23 - December 1. It will be in the Cooper Building of PA College of Health Sciences, just outside of the Learning Commons. Anyone affiliated with the College or LGH may visit the exhibit any time.

The exhibit will be available to the public on Monday, November 20, from 9AM - 7PM and on Friday, December 1 (World AIDS Day), from 9AM - 7PM. The exhibit will also be available one hour prior to the Distinguished Lecturer event on November 30. 

  • Tours of the College will also be available during both days, and the tours will start at the exhibit location. The tours will take place at 10:30AM, 1:30PM, and 3:30PM.
  • Please enter at the Cooper Building entrance, sign in with security, and then proceed to the exhibit. Security can direct you to the exhibit. Parking is available at the Cooper Building entrance. Please see the maps below - the building entrances and parking lot are highlighted. 
  • PSNA credits are available for viewing the exhibit.  
  • Please note that on Monday, November 20, the exhibit will be displayed in front of the Learning Commons. On Friday, December 1, the exhibit will be displayed in front of the High Auditorium. When you check in, Security will direct you to either location. 
  • If you have any questions about getting to the College, please contact the College's main number at 800-622-5443.

Recommended reading

Click here to check out our list of recommended reading relating to this year's National Library of Medicine Exhibit.

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