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MSUM Campus Events

AIDS Memorial Quilt Project on display October 1 through December 1

Don’t miss the opportunity to see five panels from the national AIDS Memorial Quilt on display in the Livingston Lord Library from October 1 through December 1. Panels in each of the quilts were created to honor individuals from the Fargo/Moorhead area.

The quilt was conceived in November of 1985 by long-time San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones when he learned about the thousands of individuals who had been lost to AIDS. Weighing an estimated 54 tons and made up of over 50,000 panels, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is the largest piece of community folk art in the world. Read more about the history of the AIDS Quilt at the National AIDS Memorial website.

Colorful Stories - Let's Talk About the AIDS Quilt

October 14, 2021, 7PM-8:30PM, CMU 105

Pieces of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the MSUM Library From October 11 - December 1. This event is part of a collaborative effort to highlight the exhibit at MSUM and bring to life the effect of HIV/AIDS on the community.

During this Colorful Stories event, we'll hear from four people in the Moorhead-Fargo community whose lives have been touched by HIV/AIDS. They will share from their own lived experiences what it's like to have a family member with AIDS, live with HIV/AIDS, and/or create a community of love and support.
• Destiny Holiday
• Jay Schmuhl
• Kathy Coyle
• Joe Larson

The Colorful Stories Series highlights and centers the lived experiences of Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, the LGBTQ+ community, women, neurodivergent individuals, and other folks whose stories are often overlooked or overshadowed. Through any event in this series, you'll get to learn from people's experiences and practice perspective taking.

*For FYE students, this is an option to complete one of your course assignment

More info at Dragon Central.


AIDS Quilt Panel Making

November 6, 2021, 1PM-5PM Livingston Lord Library

This fall, panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed in the Livingston Lord Library. We are looking for 30-40 students to contribute to this national memorial through the creative process of creating new panels for the quilt that will honor the memory of local lives lost to AIDS.

Creating a panel consists of:

   - Learning about a local person who died from AIDS from friends and family of that person. We are coordinating with local folks to do this.  
   -  Working in small groups to brainstorm and create quilt ideas that represent that person’s life.  
   - No sewing experience required! The FM Quilting Guild will be helping students create the panels.
   -  A low time commitment throughout October and November, mainly 4-6 hours of work on November 6, when the panels will be made.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about and memorialize the tragic effects of AIDS and make a lasting contribution to the community.

Interested students should email Annie Wood ( to be added to the volunteer list and receive additional information.  

Additional information about the AIDS Quilt can be found at the National AIDS Memorial website

More info at Dragon Central.

World AIDS Day and Closing of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Display
December 1, 2021, Langseth Hall 104, 7PM-9PM

On World AIDS Day, the newly created quilt panels will be showcased in the Langseth Atrium.
The closing event is the screening of the documentary, Nothing Without Us: the Women Who will End AIDS. This film tells the story of the women who were at the forefront of the global AIDS movement. These inspiring women played a vital role in HIV prevention and education and have spent over 30 years fighting for a cure.

World AIDS Day 2021

World AIDS Day is December 1st


Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day. World AIDS Day, observed each year on December 1, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people with HIV, and remember those who have died from an HIV-related illness. (CDC)

In 1991, a group of artists came together to create a meaningful symbol at the height of the AIDS crisis—to show support and compassion for those with AIDS and their caregivers. These artists were a part of the Visual AIDS Artists' Caucus and what they created was titled "The Ribbon Project", better known today simply as the Red Ribbon. (Read more at the Visual AIDS website)