Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: A Message from Ci3

Last Thursday, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine. We have since learned that among the 298 victims were leading AIDS researcher Joep Lange, as well as World Health Organization staffers and other activists en route to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

We are still reeling from last week’s news. The global HIV-AIDS community has suffered a devastating loss, and we join in solidarity with millions of others who have expressed their sadness and outrage at the apparent attack that took the plane down. Our resolve to emulate the victims’ commitment to fight for the rights and dignity of those living with HIV-AIDS here in Chicago, is now stronger than ever.

Ci3 extends its deepest condolences to all those affected by the tragedy.

Upcoming Events: “How to Survive a Plague” and “After Tiller”

We are proud to announce the following upcoming events. Please share with your Chicago contemporaries.

Friday, January 17 – How to Survive a Plague Screening and Panel

How to Survive a Plague


Section of Family Planning chief and Ci3 Founder and Director, Dr. Melissa Gilliam, will be a panelist at a screening of the award-winning film How to Survive a PlagueThe event will take place Friday, January 17, at 6 p.m. at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St). Admission is free.

How to Survive a Plague chronicles how AIDS went from a death sentence to a survivable diagnosis. The film has been hailed by The New York Times as a “moving and meticulous documentary about AIDS activism in the late 80’s nad early 90’s” and won Best Documentary at the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards.

Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and RSVP’s are appreciated. Click here for more information and reservations.

Wednesday, January 22 – After Tiller Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Martha Shane

After Tiller


Ci3 is proud to co-sponsor an on-campus screening and discussion of After Tiller, on Wednesday, January 22, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the University of Chicago’s International House (Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St).

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Following the screening, a panel discussion will be held featuring After Tiller filmmaker Martha Shane. The film is an intimate exploration of the highly controversial issue of third-trimester abortions in the wake of Dr. George Tiller’s 2009 assassination. Click here to learn more about After Tiller.