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Johns Hopkins to Host Panel Discussions Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of AIDS Demonstrators’ Seizure of FDA

On Oct. 11, 1988, AIDS activists staged a demonstration at the Food and Drug Administration’s headquarters in Rockville, MD, to shut down the agency in a nonviolence act of civil disobedience. To commemorate the event, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting two panel discussions, “30th Anniversary of “Seize Control of the FDA–Protest, Crisis, and Public Health,” on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Bloomberg School.

The event is sponsored by Center for AIDS Research, which is based at Johns Hopkins University, the Center for Health and Human Rights, which is based at the Bloomberg School, and the Bloomberg School’s Office of Public Health Practice.

The first panel will be moderated by Dr. Chris Beyrer, Desmond M. Tutu Professor at the Bloomberg School, and director for the Center for Public Health and Human Rights, and the second by Dr. Jeremy A. Greene, professor of medicine and history at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement and professor of the practice at the Bloomberg School, will make introductory comments.

At a post-event reception, Dr. Sharfstein will be signing new book, The Public Health Crisis Survival Guide: Leadership and Management in Trying Times (Oxford University Press, 2018), on behalf of AIDS – Action Baltimore.


Event Details:

“30th Anniversary of Seize Control of the FDA: Protest, Crisis, and Public Health”

Thursday, Oct. 11

4 to 5:30 pm

Sommer Hall

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

615 N. Wolfe Street

Baltimore, MD 21205

Reception to follow.


Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD
Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement
Professor of the Practice
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Panel: A Landmark Protest, 30 Years Later
Moderated by:

Chris Beyrer MD, MPH
Desmond M. Tutu Professor
Director, Center for Public Health and Human Rights
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Peter Staley

AIDS Activist

Ann Northrop

Veteran journalist and Activist

Longtime member of ACT UP (New York)

Co-host of news program Gay USA

Panel: Legacy of “Seize Control of FDA” for Public Health

Jeremy A. Greene, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine

Elizabeth Treide and A. McGehee Harvey Chair in the History of Medicine

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Susan S. Ellenberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Biostatistics
Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy (secondary)
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Gregg Gonsalves, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
Yale School of Public Health

Mark Harrington
Executive Director
Treatment Action Group

David Kessler, MD, JD

Former Commissioner

US Food and Drug Administration

The event is open to the public. Registration required. Space is limited.

For more information, please reach out to publichealthpractice@jhu.edu.