USM Hosts the National Library of Medicine Exhibit

10/13/2015 12:00:00 AM
(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint will showcase an acclaimed National Library of Medicine Exhibit, “Surviving and Thriving,” in the university’s De Paul Library on USM’s Leavenworth campus, 4100 South 4th Street. The exhibit will be on display Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and Sundays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 5.
 
The opening reception for the event will be from 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Oct. 27, in De Paul Library. The event is free and open to the public—courtesy of USM’s Lawrence D. Starr Global Studies Institute (GSI). Following World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, GSI will host a second reception featuring student reflections and a panel discussion on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m.-noon in De Paul Library. The reception is free and open to the public.
 
“Surviving and Thriving,” named after a trailblazing 1987 book, spotlights the life stories of people living with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the monumental medical and political advancements in research, treatment, and social acceptance and understanding of the disease. Just as the book insists “people can live with AIDS, and not just die,” the exhibit highlights a timeline of the changing relationship between science and society, while integrating remarkable human stories along the way.
 
This exhibit compliments USM’s Global Topics: HIV, AIDS & Their Impact on Global Society, a fall idea seminar, examining the challenges raised by HIV/AIDS through the lens of science, health care, history, politics, culture, and artistic expression both locally and globally. Dr. Caroline Mackintosh, chair of the department of natural sciences and mathematics, and biology program director and co-instructor of this course, said, “We’re looking at the past 30 years—the stigmas surrounding the disease, along with our changing political and social attitudes from 1981 to today. The students are reading research and assessing the incredible interconnectedness of our country’s legal, economic, and social frameworks. The exhibit will add even greater clarity to this union—giving our students, faculty and staff, and the public an opportunity to better understand one of the great pandemics of human history, along with pandemics of today and those in the future.”   
 
Contact Dr. Karenbeth Zacharias, director of USM’s Lawrence D. Starr Global Studies Institute, at 913-758-4367 or Karenbeth.Zacharias@stmary.edu for more information on the exhibit, “Surviving and Thriving.”

The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic co-educational applied liberal arts university founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. The University of Saint Mary main campus is located at 4100 South 4th Street, Leavenworth, Kan. USM’s Overland Park Campus, near 115th and Pflumm, offers evening accelerated graduate and undergraduate degree-completion programs. The university also offers online programs. Visit www.stmary.edu for more information.