David France will discuss how to apply the lessons from the AIDS crisis to today’s improbable world of science doubting, media accountability and political turmoil. From collective activism to the advent of citizen science, AIDS advocates turned around a hidebound culture, transforming so much of the way medicine and scientific research are practiced. Along the way they managed to accomplish the impossible: They won full integration of the LGBT community to American life, and helped bring to market a drug regimen that today keeps over 18 million people alive worldwide. David’s landmark documentary film, How to Survive a Plague, was nominated for an Oscar, won a Directors Guild Award and a Peabody Award, and was nominated for two Emmys. His latest book, a New York Times Notable Book for 2016 also called How to Survive a Plague, made over a dozen “best books of the year” lists, won the ALA’s Israel Fishman Nonfiction Award for 2017 and top honors from Lambda Literary and the Publishers’ Triangle, and was long-listed for the Wellcome Prize in Literature and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Later this year, Netflix will release his newest film, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.