In this four-part podcast series on Queer Activisms, historians, performers, educators and activists take a deep dive into existence and resistance in queer life – past and present.

In our second episode, Marybeth Hamilton is joined by Matt Cook and Debra Levine to discuss AIDS, queer activism, and the politics of loss and grief.


Matt Cook is Professor of Modern History at Birkbeck, University of London, and a member of the History Workshop Journal editorial collective.  His pathbreaking article, ‘“Archives of Feeling”: AIDS in Britain 1987’, was published in 2017 in History Workshop Journal, and his new book, Queer Beyond London, co-authored with Alison Oram, will be out later this year with Manchester University Press



Debra Levine is Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media at Harvard University. She has written extensively on AIDS activism and queer demonstrations of care during the early years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and her research traces the ethics of AIDS activism through historical and contemporary art, performance and protest practices. She was a member of ACT UP NY from 1988-1994, and her article reflecting on AIDS and COVID, “You Are Witness To A Crime”, was published earlier this year.


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