The author's presentation will be followed by Marianismo, a short but powerful documentary that deals with the cultural factors putting Latina women at a disproportionately high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. Through interviews with HIV-positive Latinas and public-health experts, this unsettling film examines aspects of Latino culture that contribute to an AIDS rate that is eight times higher in Latina women than in white women. Marianismo was written, directed, and produced by University of Houston junior Erica Fletcher, who will be on hand to introduce and discuss the film.
A reception follows. This program is free and open to the public.