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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, November 19th

Nazareth College

First hour: A conversation with one of the first American doctors to identify HIV/AIDS

Second hour: Local Islamic community describes their experiences since the Paris attacks

One of the first physicians to recognize AIDS in the United States, Dr. Michael Gottlieb, is visiting Rochester on Thursday. It happens to be his alma mater; he graduated from the University of Rochester in 1973 and did his residency at Strong. He'll give a presentation titled "HIV/AIDS, from beginning to end." He'll preview that talk, and we'll also talk about a new study that could be a bridge to an AIDS vaccine. In studio:

  • Michael Gottlieb, M.D.
  • Michael Keefer, M.D., head of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Steve Dewhurst, M.D., vice dean for research at URMC

Then, we're going to have an open-ended conversation on what the local Islamic community is experiencing and feeling since the attacks in Paris. Our panel will share their thoughts on prejudice, refugees, ISIS, and how they view their religion. In studio:

  • Muhammad Shafiq, executive director of the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, Nazareth College
  • Fatima Bawany, University of Rochester senior majoring in Biology and Religion
  • Iman Abid, Western Region Vice President of New York State Young Democrats
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.