Entertainment Education Conference

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David Gere

Ph.D., is director of MAKE ART/STOP AIDS, an international network of artists intervening in the AIDS epidemic.

David Gere is director of the Art and Global Health Center at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) and founder of the MAKE ART/STOP AIDS initiative. Dr. Gere is professor in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures, where he teaches courses in arts activism. His book How to Make Dances in an Epidemic: Tracking Choreography in the Age of AIDS (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004) received the award for outstanding book publication from the Congress on Research in Dance. The book was also nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and received a special citation from the Society of Dance History Scholars and the De la Torre Bueno Prize. Gere studied music, dance, and Tamil in Madurai, Tamilnadu, on an Oberlin Shansi Fellowship 1980-82. In 2004, he returned to India on a Fulbright fellowship. He now travels frequently between Los Angeles and project sites in Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Malawi, and India to support the MAKE ART/STOP AIDS initiative, which has received grants from UNAIDS, UNESCO, and the Ford Foundation. He is the winner of the 2010 UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize, only the fifteenth UCLA faculty member to receive this prize for academic excellence.

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