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The Department of Communication Studies offers many kinds of events, most free and open to the public. We organize and sponsor numerous lectures, workshops and conferences over the course of the academic year. Our programming covers a wide range of topics and features presenters from diverse disciplines and is designed to foster an understanding of the mass media and emerging media.


The Pulitzer Center and University of Michigan Communication Studies Present: Ending AIDS: An on-the-ground look at efforts in Africa and the United States to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Jon Cohen
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
4:00-6:00 PM
Hussey Room Michigan League Map
Jon Cohen is a widely published magazine writer and author of four nonfiction books on scientific topics. Cohen has been a reporter for Science since 1990, and also has written for the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Outside, Slate, Surfer and many other publications.

With support from the Pulitzer Center, Jon Cohen coordinated a package of stories for four media outlets that look at attempts to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. Cohen, a staff writer with Science, who has covered the HIV/AIDS epidemic in more than 50 countries, has worked with PBS NewsHour to produce five video segments in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa. Other work includes an online story for BuzzFeed about Zimbabwe, a feature story about South Africa for Science, and for UCTV, a documentary about Diane Havlir, a co-chair of San Francisco’s Getting to Zero project who heads the HIV/AIDS program at UC San Francisco’s General Hospital. All of the stories appeared before the international AIDS conference to be held in Durban, South Africa, in July 2016.

In addition to HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, Cohen has reported on genetics, primate research, evolution, bioterrorism, vaccines and immunology, the National Institutes of Health, reproductive biology, credit battles, and the media itself.

Cohen specializes in the infectious disease issues of people who are excluded from society because of a variety of overlapping factors, including poverty, homelessness, immigration status, substance abuse, sexual orientation, sex work, and being from a minority population. He strives to show problems and potential solutions from the ground up, spending time with everyone from the vulnerable or infected people to the outreach workers, advocates, clinicians, researchers and government officials who address public health issues.

Cohen’s articles twice have been selected for the Best American Science and Nature Writing (2008 and 2011). His books and articles have won awards from the National Association of Science Writers, the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, the American Society for Microbiology, the Global Health Council, the Pan American Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, the Treatment Action Group, and the Gaia Vaccine Foundation.
Building: Michigan League
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Aids, Communication Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Communication Studies

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