The AIDS Memorial Quilt made its national debut on October 11, 1987 during the March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights and will return to the University of Florida, displaying six (6) quilts (48 panels) from July 1 through September 15, 2013. Sponsors that made this possible include New Student and Family Programs, Pride Student Union, Intercultural Engagement, Harn Museum of Art, and the J. Wayne Reitz Union.
“We are honored to have been selected as a host site for the AIDS Memorial Quilt as the university community comes together to discuss this year’s Common Reading Program book A School for My Village by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri,” said Jarrod Cruz, Director of Intercultural Engagement.
The University of Florida will host the panels as part of the Common Reading Program, a campus-wide reading initiative, this year featuring A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri. A School for My Village is an extraordinary story that follows a man who pursued his dream to build a school for AIDS orphans in his village in Uganda. There will be five (5) quilts on display at the Harn Museum of Art and one (1) quilt at the J. Wayne Reitz Union.
Alison Spannaus, Assistant Director of New Student and Family Programs reflects on the importance of the quilt on campus, saying “while the Common Reading Program selection highlights the HIV/AIDS situation in Uganda, we often forget the impact that it can have locally. Bringing the AIDS Quilt to campus is one way that we can educate the community through a piece of memorial art.”
Since one of the signature themes of the book is around AIDS/HIV, there are several other events and discussions happening on campus during Summer B and throughout the academic year. During Summer B, the Harn Museum of Art will host a Museum Nights on August 8th and Intercultural Engagement will provide discussions and reflective thought experiences through a film viewing and a Casual Community Conversation. New Student and Family Programs will host Author Twesigye Jackson Kaguri at New Student Convocation on Monday, August 19th at 9:00am in the O’Connell Center. In addition, former Editor-in-Chief and internationally recognized authority on AIDS/HIV, Regan Hofmann, will speak in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Ballroom at 7:00pm on Thursday, September 12 sponsored by Pride Student Union and New Student and Family Programs.
The AIDS Memorial Quilts will be on display in the Harn Museum of Art Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM from Monday, July 1st through Sunday, September 8th. The display in the J. Wayne Reitz Union is open during regular hours, typically 7:00 AM – 1:00 AM every day of the week through Sunday, September 15th. Check the union website at http://union.ufl.edu for complete hours of operation.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt and events are free and open to the public. Information about the AIDS Memorial Quilt and updated listing of events happening on campus can be found online through the Intercultural Engagement website.
This collaboration was featured in the July 14 Gainesville Sun. To read the article, click here.
You make the connection and we'll put it on the wall of the museum
First Year Florida students and all UF students are invited to write a wall label for the Harn Museum of Art at UF connecting the Common Reading Book and the current exhibition of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. Ten contributions will be selected to be published on the Common Reading Program website, and one will be selected to be displayed alongside The Quilt at the Harn Museum (how cool is that!). The author of the winning entry will also receive a $150 voucher good towards your UFIC Study Abroad deposit.
Submissions should discuss the following:
How do the themes from A School for My Village and The AIDS Memorial Quilt parallel each other in helping us understand and interpret them in meaningful ways?"
RULES FOR SUBMISSIONS
Submissions must be:
-no more than 300 words
-submitted as a Word document
-emailed to Eric Segal firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
-received by August 5th
Please include your full name and major.
NOTE: selected submissions may be edited for accuracy and clarity prior to publication.