Author Daniel Halperin discusses his book Tinderbox: How The West Sparked The AIDS Epidemic and How The World Can Finally Overcome It

Wed 4/25  7pm-8pm
Author Daniel Halperin discusses his book Tinderbox:  How The West Sparked The AIDS Epidemic and How The World Can Finally Overcome It

In this groundbreaking narrative, longtime "Washington Post" reporter Craig Timberg and award-winning AIDS researcher Daniel Halperin tell the surprising story of how Western colonial powers unwittingly sparked the AIDS epidemic and then fanned its rise. Drawing on remarkable new science, Tinderbox overturns the conventional wisdom on the origins of this deadly pandemic and the best ways to fight it today.

Timberg and Halperin argue that the same Western hubris that marked the colonial era has hamstrung the effort to fight HIV. From the United Nations AIDS program to the Bush administration's historic relief campaign, global health officials have favored well-meaning Western approaches--abstinence campaigns, condom promotion, HIV testing--that have proven ineffective in slowing the epidemic in Africa. Meanwhile they have overlooked homegrown African initiatives aimed squarely at the behaviors spreading the virus.

In a riveting narrative that stretches from colonial Leopoldville to 1980s San Francisco to South Africa today, Tinderbox reveals how human hands unleashed this epidemic and can now overcome it, if only we learn the lessons of the past.

Daniel Halperin, PH.D., is an epidemiologist and medical anthropologist at UNC- Chapel Hill and has taught at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. He was a top technical adviser in the U.S. government’s PEPFAR program to combat AIDS.







Event date: 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
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ISBN: 9781594203275
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Penguin Press - March 1st, 2012