01/16/17: Punishing Disease & HIV Criminalization Panel Discussion


Punishing Disease & HIV Criminalization Panel Discussion
 January 16, 2018 from 7PM – 9PM

West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.,
West Hollywood, CA 90069.

“Punishing Disease” author and sociologist Trevor Hoppe (University at Albany) will join Robin Barkins (Positive Women’s Network USA) and Craig Pulsipher (APLA Health) in a panel discussion on the use of outdated and poorly written criminal laws to punish people living with HIV—in many cases, for harmless behaviors such as spitting or biting. Tony Valenzuela (Lambda Literary) will moderate.

This event is co-sponsored by Lambda Literary Foundation and the City of West Hollywood. It is free and open to the public. Book Soup will be on site to sell books.


“‘Punishing Disease’ is a wake-up call about the dangers of punitive approaches to stopping the spread of disease.” – Steven Epstein, author of “Impure Science” and Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University

“We might like to think that public health policy in the twenty-first century is enlightened and guided by science. Trevor Hoppe’s ‘Punishing Disease’ shatters any such illusion… This important book should be read not only by those who are interested in America’s response to HIV but also by everyone who cares about public health policy.” – Wendy E. Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health and Policy Law, Northeastern University

“Trevor Hoppe’s clear analysis sheds important new light on how the meanings of disease and illness have significant social, political and health consequences.” – Peter Conrad, Brandeis University

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