Yale alumni Christopher Glazek and Richard Espinosa were too young to experience the AIDS epidemic but they have been trying to help their alma mater remember the nearly 450 members of the Yale community who did not survive. Their Yale Aids Memorial Project started as a published journal and will move to the web this fall. Glazek, who began the project [NYT], was inspired by the memories of those who had lost friends to AIDS, as well his own bewilderment at the sheer magnitude of the disease's impact:
He began researching the history of the epidemic and revisiting his Yale major. "A big part of my work involved the study of collective memory, particularly surrounding the Holocaust, where you had 20 years of silence and then an explosion of interest, a memory boom," said Mr. Glazek, who in his earlier years attended the Roeper School, a progressive private school founded in suburban Detroit by Holocaust survivors. "Now the Holocaust is a standard unit of American secondary education. I started to wonder how the same thing might be accomplished for AIDS."
Espinosa adds, "What we want to make is much larger than Yale: our Web site will be a proof-of-concept model that other colleges can use." At some point, perhaps, we will find a way to commemmorate and honor the enormity of the tragedy.