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Literary and scientific perspectives of HIV/AIDS discussed Sept. 27

BOONE—What happens when literary critics and scientists converse about HIV/AIDS? That’s the focus of a presentation Sept. 27 at Appalachian State University presented by the Humanities Council, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Sciences, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and General Education Program.

The program, the first Humanities Council event for this academic semester, begins at 5:15 p.m. in room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

Drs. Ann Fox and David Wessner will give the presentation titled “What Happens When Literary Critics and Scientists Converse? Teaching an Interdisciplinary Course on Representations of HIV/AIDS.”

Fox is associate professor of English at Davidson College specializing in 20th-century dramatic literature and disability studies. Wessner is professor of biology at Davidson College. His research interests include molecular analysis of coronavirus host cell interactions, development of DNA sequencing techniques, and the isolation and characterization of ethanol resistant retrovirus mutants.

Fox and Wessner recently team-taught “Representations of HIV/AIDS” at Davidson College.

Using their team-taught course in HIV/AIDS as a case study, this presentation will provide insight into how the humanities and the sciences can inform each other in ways that transform both.

For more information contact Dr. Kim Q. Hall at