Steven Stark


As AIDS has emerged as a medical and social concern, it has become a political issue as well. In a series of interviews, we asked some leading authorities for their opinions on how AIDS is emerging as a political issue, particularly during the campaign of 1988. In all cases, the comments that follow represent an edited version of their remarks. Those participating were Ronald Bayer, director of the Project on AIDS and the Ethics of Public Health at the Hastings Center; William Schneider, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; Jonathan Handel, a gay activist and a member of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Human Rights Commission and the AIDS Task Force for the City of Cambridge; Stanley Greenberg, president of the Analysis Group, a national Democratic polling firm with offices in Washington, D. C. , and New Haven, Connecticut; Denise McWilliams, director of the AIDS Law Project for the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders in Boston; William Shannon, professor of journalism and history at Boston University and a columnist for the Boston Globe; and Barbara Whitehead, a social historian and a consultant with Public Policy Associates in Chicago. Steven Stark, a Boston writer, conducted the interviews for this piece.



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