North American launch of Dr. Richard McKay’s book


North American launch of film alum Dr. Richard McKay’s book: Patient Zero and the Making of the Aids Epidemic

“I’ve spent well over a decade researching and writing my first book, Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic which grew out of my thesis project for my master’s degree in the history of science, medicine, and technology at the University of Oxford. Though my love of images has informed my historical practice through heightened attention to visual sources, cinema has not been in the forefront of my mind for many years. That being said, I’ve consistently thought of myself as a storyteller – an identity that very much links my film studies, my historical research, and my ongoing work as a coach. Looking back, I can see that my time at UBC – in and outside the film program – really nurtured this storytelling sense of self, and I will always be grateful for the four very full years that I spent there.”

“I took Arts One (Authority and Autonomy: 18 combined credits of English, history, and philosophy) in my first year, and explored widely from then on….”

(Article credit: UBC Department of Theatre and Film)

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