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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, December 1

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First hour: An update on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and lessons that may be applicable to the coronavirus pandemic

Second hour: Discussing Indigenous art and anti-racist education

According to Trillium Health, the New York State Department of Health issued an alert in October because the number of new HIV diagnoses in Monroe County was elevated. The alert about the HIV/AIDS crisis comes in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic. Today is World AIDS Day, and our guests discuss progress when it comes to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, the challenges patients and the health community still face, and what we learned from the HIV/AIDS pandemic that may be applicable to the coronavirus pandemic -- or vice versa. Our guests:

  • Dr. Bill Valenti, senior vice president for strategic advancement, chief of innovation, and co-founder and staff physician at Trillium Health
  • Andrew Shepard, prevention navigator at Trillium Health
  • David Henderson, playwright of “Unfinished Business”

Then in our second hour, a conversation with local Native American artists about Indigenous art and about anti-racist education. Ganondagan's juried Hodinohsoni' Virtual Art Show is now online. It features award-winning paintings, sculptures, beadwork, and traditional artwork. We talk with the artists about their craft and about a renaissance of Indigenous art. We also address recent anti-racism movements and if Indigenous communities feel included. Our guests:

  • Peter Jemison, historic site manager for Ganondagan
  • Jamie Jacobs, Tonawanda Seneca, Turtle Clan, and Best-in-Show winner
  • Leith Mahkewa, Oneida of the Thames, Wolf Clan, and first place winner in the Beadwork category
  • Natasha Smoke Santiago, Mohawk, Turtle Clan, and second place winner in the Sculpture category
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.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.