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FYSB 1422: Art, AIDS, Activism

Course Guide for Art, AIDS, Activism

First-Year Seminar: Art, AIDS, Activism

Welcome! This course guide brings together resources related to art and activism and the AIDS crisis. While many of the resources provided place the AIDS crisis in US centered and historical frame, it is important to keep in mind that the AIDS crisis is global and ongoing. These resources are only a starting point.

Please feel free to make an appointment with me to broaden your focus. You can book directly into my calendar using the "Schedule Appointment" button on the left, or email me at

In this guide you will find:

  • Web resources and encyclopedias to get solid background information (below)
  • Places to find books in print and online
  • Databases for locating scholarly and peer reviewed journal articles, reviews, and newspaper articles
  • Large image databases with collections specific to this topic
  • Primary sources for doing archival research
  • Information for citing your sources and writing in art history


Image: ACT UP, Silence = Death, 1987. Color lithograph.  Wikimedia Commons.

General Encyclopedia Collections

Specific Encyclopedias

AIDS Web Resources