About Miss Evers’ Boys

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A panel discussion will follow the screening. Details can be found below. Miss Evers’ Boys is a 1997 HBO television film based on the true story of the U.S. federal government’s secret Tuskegee medical experiment designed to study the effects of untreated syphilis on African American men in the years 1932–72. The Tuskegee participants were never informed that they had syphilis. The film is told from the perspective of small-town nurse Eunice Evers, who knew of the lack of treatment, but who also believed her role was to console the participating men, many of whom were her close friends. This screening is sponsored by the Indiana University–Bloomington School of Public Health Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, and IU Cinema. (Digital Presentation)

The post-film panel discussion members include:

Rasul A. Mowatt, PhD
Associate Chair, Instruction and Undergraduate Studies
Dept of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies
School of Public Health

Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde, PhD
Director of the Graduate Mentoring Center, Wells Library
Visiting Lecturer, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Walton Muyumba, PhD
Associate Professor
Assistant Director of Creative Writing
Department of English

Bernice A. Pescosolido, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Co-Director, Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research

The panel will be introduced and moderated by:

William L. Yarber, HSD
Professor of Applied Health Science
Senior Scientist, The Kinsey Institute
Senior Director, Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention
School of Public Health-Bloomington

Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, PhD
Professor and Chair, African American and African Diaspora Studies

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