2017 Distinguished Lecture

by PA College November 14, 2017

PA College hosts nationally-known author and filmmaker for Distinguished Lecture


LANCASTER, PA – On November 30, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences will host its annual Distinguished Lecture event as part of the College’s Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring David France and his presentation titled the “Direct Activism in the Era of Anti-Science.”

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. Our esteemed lecturer will be discussing how to apply the lessons from the AIDS crisis to today’s improbable world of science doubting, media accountability and political turmoil.

David France is a best-selling author, filmmaker, and a contributing editor for New York magazine. His 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. This year, Netflix released his newest film, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

The presentation will be held in the High Auditorium at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (850 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA).  The event is free to the public, but registration is required.