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[CANCELLED] OAH 2020 Annual Meeting: Historians Read The Great Believers
April 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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In this panel, several historians consider Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers (2018), the critically acclaimed and multiple-award-winning novel about the AIDS epidemic in Chicago in the 1980s. This is a panel not only about the history of HIV/AIDS but also about the space between fiction and history, and the challenges of writing a fictional account of the AIDS crisis. Rebecca Makkai will conclude the session with her own reflections on writing the novel.
Chair: Kevin Mumford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Rebecca Makkai, Author (fiction)
• John D’Emilio, University of Illinois at Chicago
• Jennifer Brier, University of Illinois at Chicago