ACT Up St. Patrick's Protest

Unit 6: How to Survive a Plague

Week 22: Bodies of Christ

Thurs Mar 3 AMSetting up the conflict between the Catholic Church (in NYC) and ACTUP – What is the (Catholic) body and how should it be treated?R.F. Collins, “Sex (in the Bible),” New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. (Gale, 2003), 13: 47 – 51.
Meet in sections; discussion of biblical depictions of human sexuality.
Thurs Mar 3 PM AM Other kind of (Catholic) bodies – the Incarnation, the Church, the EucharistD.N. Power, “Eucharist in Contemporary Catholic Tradition,” New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. (Gale, 2003), 5: 415 – 431.Plenary
Tues Mar 8Bodies in Catholic ChristianityPower, “Eucharist”Meet in sections; continuing discussion of embodiment in Catholic Christian tradition.

Week 23: Paris is Burning

Thurs Mar 10 AMWhat do Catholic descriptions of human bodies leave out? Why?Watch “Paris Is Burning” (1990); read Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, vol. 1 (excerpts)Plenary
Thurs Mar 10 PM Larry Kramer and ACTUP“1,112 and Counting,” “The FDA’s Callous Response to AIDS,” “Before the President’s Commission,” in Reports from the HolocaustMeet in sections
Tues Mar 22Cardinal Ratzinger and Cardinal O’Connor“Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons” (1986)Meet in sections

Week 24: Acting Up

Thurs Mar 24 AM“Stop the Church” protestWatch “Stop the Church” (1991)Plenary
Thurs Mar 24 PM Love and Rage and Art
David Wojnarowicz, James Romberger, and Marguerite van Cook, seven miles a seconddiscussion of comics as apt media for Wojnarowicz’s experience
Tues Mar 29 PMPolitical FuneralsDiva TV videos on the ACTUP archive webpagePlenary with breakout groupsMeet in sections