Distinguished Lecture Series

Annual events, correlated to topics that support the College’s mission to educate for excellence in health care practice, leadership and the continuous acquisition of knowledge.

DAVID FRANCE – Direct Activism in the Era of Anti-Science

Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m.
High Auditorium at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, 850 Greenfield Rd., Lancaster


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.

1.5 CME and 1.5 PSNA Contact Hours will be awarded for this event. Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Approver Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. To obtain continuing education credits – please be sure to follow the instructions on the registration page.

Event questions? Contact us at edonovan2@PAcollege.edu.



As part of the Distinguished Lecture series, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is also hosting the

National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit
Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture

Monday, November 20 and Friday, December 1
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
(The exhibit will also be open to the public immediately before the
7:30 p.m. Distinguished Lecture Series event on November 30.)

For more information, visit http://pacollege.libguides.com/nlmexhibit.