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World Social Science Forum, Bergen, Norway

Monday May 11, 2009, 11.00-13.00
“Panic in Perspective: Science, media and the creation of pandemics”. Unexpectedly topical talk at the World Social Science Forum

Canadian Association of HIV/AIDS Research, Vancouver, Canada

Friday May 24, 2009, 9.00-10.00
“Planet Politics and Planet Epidemiology: Why Evidence and HIV Policy Don’t Match”. Plenary speech at Canada’s annual AIDS conference

The Trauma of Memory: Discussion at London’s Southbank Centre

Tuesday April 21, 2009, 19.45
Elizabeth talks with Jeremy Treglown and Caroline Moorehead about war, memory and how elusive truth can be.

Talk at Booklovers’ Lunch, Jakarta

Tuesday April 7, 2009, 12.00-15.00
“Landscapes of Desire: sex, politics and AIDS in Indonesia”. Elizabeth talks about her research in the brothels of Jakarta, and her work in government boardrooms. All proceeds from the event will fund the participation of Indonesian writers in the Ubud Writers’ and Readers’ Festival, 2009.

Bath Festival of Literature

Saturday February 28, 2009, 19.00-20.00
Conversation with Misha Glenny, author of McMafia and sometime connoisseur of the sleazy underbelly of life.

Masterclass for students of anthropology, NUI Maynooth

Thursday February 26, 2009, 14.00-16.00
Not trained as an anthorpologist, Elizabeth muses on the artificial distinction drawn between different scientific disciplines, argues that our methods are more similar than different, and advocates greater promiscuity in fieldwork.

Talk at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Wednesday February 25, 2009, 18.00-21.30
At the invitation of the
Combat Diseases of Povery Consortium, a public lecture about the shortcomings in the fight against AIDS globally. In the best Maynooth tradition, wine on hand.

Talk at King’s College, Cambridge

Tuesday February 2, 2009, 19.00-20.30
A talk co-sponsored by medical students and students of international development

Talk at King’s College, London

Thursday January 29, 2009, 18.00-19.30
A talk organised by the active and interesting Global Health group. A promise of drinks in a nearby pub afterwards.

Talk at University College, Cork

Wednesday January 21, 2009, 15.00-17.30
Finally, a talk at my most local university. An excuse to go to the world’s prettiest college chapel, the Honan Chapel, before speaking to students in international health and development.

Talk at Columbia University, New York

Thursday December 4, 2008, 12-13.30
Lunchtime talk about the role of illegal drugs in the HIV epidemic worldwide. Hosted by the division on Substance Abuse at Columbia’s Department of Psychiatry together with the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies.

Lecture at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton

Wednesday December 3, 2008, 4.30 – 6.00 pm
Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus
“The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS”
More info

Lecture at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard

Tuesday December 2, 2008, 4.30 – 6.00 pm
MGH Ether Dome
“Re-evaluating the AIDS Industry’s Sacred Cows”
A talk about how pussyfooting, politics and pursestrings have undermined the world’s response to HIV. More info

Talk at the Culture and Technology Forum, MIT

Monday December 1, 2008, 7.00 – 9.00 pm
The MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue
“AIDS — When Will it End?” Elizabeth will celebrate World AIDS Day by questioning if we still need to be marking the AIDS epidemic with special events. More info here.

Talk at the Frontline Club, London

Tuesday November 25, 2008, 7.30
The UK’s leading independent forum for journalists and the media is looking at HIV ahead of World AIDS day. Elizabeth will talk about the changing epidemic, in conversation with Yusef Azad of the UK’s National AIDS Trust. More details here.

Interview on BBC Radio 4, The World Tonight

Monday November 24, 2008. 10.00 pm

Talk at Waterstone’s Bookshop, Gower Street, London

Thursday November 13, 2008, 18.30 – 20.00
****Note change of date****
Waterstone’s, 82 Gower Street, London
Elizabeth will talk about the hiccups involved in writing, and selling, a book that is about death, taxation and statistics, and that is also a damned good laugh.

Talk at the WHO’s European headquarters, Copenhagen

Tuesday November 11, 2008
HIV surveillance: why bother?
Elizabeth will challenge the WHO’s HIV surveillance focal points to consider whether the data we collect through surveillance systems is ever really used to improve HIV prevention programmes.

Talk at AIDSNET Copenhagen

Monday November 10, 2008, 15.00-17.30
Open discussion with members of Denmark’s NGO and HIV prevention communities.

Talk at the Royal Institution, Shaping Science Students’ Conference

Friday November 7, 2008
Royal Institution, London Elizabeth will talk to 6th form students about the practicalities of researching risk behaviour and infectious disease among sex workers and drug addicts in developing countries. She will describe how science gets communicated to politicians and the public, and how it gets translated into policies that affect all of our lives.
More information here.

Lecture at the London School of Economics

Thursday November 6, 2008 at 6:30pm
London School of Economics
In a series of public policy lectures co-sponsored by the Department for International Development, Elizabeth will give a talk entitled “Time to slaughter some Sacred Cows? Confronting failure in the war on HIV/AIDS” (opens new page at LSE, with press and other details)

Plenary presentation at the World Bank

Tuesday November 4, 2008, 11.00
Elizabeth will speak in a plenary session on Risk and Decision-making at the World Bank’s Human Development Forum. Preston auditorium, World Bank

Talk at the Harvard School of Public Health

Monday November 3, 2008, 4.00 – 6.00 pm
“Public Health Prostitutes: Selling HIV programmes to the highest bidder?”
A talk about the incentives that distort evidence-based policy in HIV prevention. At the Harvard Center for the Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow Street, in Harvard Square. More info here.

Appearance on Kick Andy, Indonesia’s answer to Oprah

Friday, October 31 2008, 21.30 – 23.00 pm
Andy Noya, Indonesia’s Oprah, dedicates a whole show to the issues raised in The Wisdom of Whores (Kearifan Pelacur). Broadcast by Metro TV, Kick Andy is one of Indonesia’s highest rated shows. Many of the people described in Elizabeth’s book appear on the show; in the final half hour she tries to keep her Indonesian polite enough for network TV, but can’t help talking about anal sex.

Talk at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC

Friday, October 31 2008, 12.00 – 1.30 pm
CSIS has done a great deal of work on HIV policy globally. Elizabeth will seek to challenge colleagues to reconsider whether the international community’s approach to HIV/AIDS is appropriate in a changing epidemic. Location: 1800 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006, 4th Floor Conference Room. More info here

Talk at St Mary’s College, Maryland

Thursday, October 30 2008 at 7 pm
Elizabeth will talk about her book The Wisdom of Whores, focusing on the challenges of turning good science into rational policies in the ever-expanding AIDS industry.
Goodpaster Hall Room 195. More info here.

Panel discussion, Medsin Conference, London

Sunday October 26, 2008 at 1530
A plenary on civil society British Medical Student’s conference. Elizabeth will speak about the place of NGOs in the development food chain. More info here.

Workshop, Medsin Conference, London

Sunday October 26, 2008 at 1400
Workshop at British Medical Student’s conference. Advertised as a session on the distortions of the AIDS industry, but probably a bait-and-switch session focusing on field epidemiology. More info here.

INDUS Sunday 19 October, 2008

14.30 – 15.30 Telling True Tales
“Somewhere between the newspaper on your doorstep and the novel on your nightstand lies narrative nonfiction” – Edward Humes

At best narrative non-fiction can combine the immediacy of journalism with the heightened emotional impact of a novel. However, the desire to construct a compelling story can override the author’s responsibility to report the facts. Join Susan Wyndham, Cameron Forbes and Elizabeth Pisani in a conversation about the joys and pitfalls of writing in a genre that’s seeing a huge surge in popularity. Moderator: Rosemary Sayer

HSBC LOUNGE :Friday 17 October, 2008

10.15 – 11.30 Inside the Sex Trade
Elizabeth Pisani’s controversial book The Wisdom of Whores concludes that the world has failed in its fight against AIDS because we don’t want to treat sex and drugs as something most people do for fun. Gerrie Lim is the author of Invisible Trade: High-Class Sex for Sale in Singapore and its recent sequel.This is set to be an informative and provocative discussion of the sex trade in Asia and its human costs.
Elisabeth Pisani, Gerrie Lim. Moderator: Mark Forbes

Ubud Writers’ and Readers’ Festival

Bali, Indonesia

NEKA ART MUSEUM (on Jalan Sanggingan) : Thursday 16 October, 2008

09.30 – 12.30 International Publishing Forum
Selling Yourself and Your Ideas
Authors, editors, and translators often face the problem of how to “sell” both their ideas and finished works to publishers. This meeting will focus on the challenges these people face and ways of overcoming them.
John McGlynn, Shelley Kenigsberg, Elizabeth Pisani and Martin Amanshauser
Moderator: Hendarto Setiadi

Talk at the Alternative Book Fair, Antwerp

October 4, 2008
Antwerp, Belgium

Epidemiology Masterclass, Oxford University

September 22, 2008
“Of prostitutes, policemen and politicians.” A masterclass in the Global Public Health series, this discussion will focus on the challenges of conducting good research in challenging conditions, and in translating data into policies that improve lives.

Talk at the UNC Chapel Hill

September 10, 2008
Elizabeth will give a talk in the “AIDS Narratives” series at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Public Health

Presentation at United Nations Symposium on AIDS in Africa

Tuesday, September 9, 2008
United Nations, New York
Elizabeth will examine the interaction between HIV prevention and treatment in an era of rapidly expanding access to antiretroviral therapy, in a talk entitled “Reconsidering Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS”. The presentation is part of an all-day symposium, “The Social and Economic Dimensions of HIV/AIDS in Africa”, which is part of the United Nations University-Cornell Africa Series.

Interview with SAfm, South African Radio

Sunday August 24, 2008 13.00 GMT, 14.00 South African time
SAfm’s popular Sunday book show interviews Elizabeth about The Wisdom of Whores. For more info, see here

Talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Monday August 18, 2008 2.30 PM
Pepper’s Theatre
Elizabeth will discuss how good intentions can have bad outcomes with Giles Bolton, author of “Poor Story” and former employee of Britain’s national development agency, DfID.
More information

Panel discussion at the Mexico AIDS conference: Religion

Sunday, August 3, 2008 9.00 AM – 11.00 AM
Elizabeth will be a discussant in the session “Faith in Action on the Margins”
Venue: Session Room 7
This session attempts to highlight the scope of what Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) are doing and to present some examples of innovative work with marginalised populations.

Presentation at the Mexico AIDS conference: Surveillance

Monday, August 4, 2008 14.30 – 16.00
“Measuring the epidemic: What’s the point?”
Venue: Session Room 2
The session, “Methods to understand and track epidemics and measure results”, looks at progress in measuring the spread of HIV, the factors driving its spread, and the effectiveness of prevention and care programmes. Elizabeth’s presentation will examine why better information systems so rarely lead to better HIV prevention programmes.

Special session at the Mexico AIDS conference: Conversation with Elizabeth Pisani

Monday, August 4, 2008 18.30 – 20.00
A special session to discuss issues raised in Elizabeth’s book, The Wisdom of Whores.
Venue: Hotel Camino Real Mexico, Guanajuato Room.
For a map and more information about the session, click here

Here on Earth: Interview with Wisconsin Public Radio

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 3PM US Central Time, 2100 GMT
Live interview with the always-interesting Here on Earth crew.

Here on Earth: Interview with Wisconsin Public Radio

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 3PM US Central Time, 2100 GMT
Live interview with the always-interesting Here on Earth crew.

CBC’s The Current interviews Elizabeth

Friday, August 1, 2008 13.30 GMT, 08.30 EST
The delicious Mike Finnerty interviews Elizabeth ahead of the Mexico AIDS Conference for Canadian Broadcasting’s headline Current Affairs programme, The Current.

Interview with Susie Bright

Friday, July 25, 2008
The fabulous Susie Bright interviews Elizabeth. Can you tell which of the two has had a couple of glasses of wine?

Talk at Path, Seattle

Tuesday June 24, 2008 12.00 pm
1455 NW Leary Way
Seattle, WA
Path is an NGO that describes itself as a catalyst for global health. Elizabeth will talk about catalysing a more effective response to HIV through incentives that reduce the spread of the virus rather than supporting that spread.

Talk at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle

Monday June 23, 2008 12.00 pm
Seattle, WA 98102
The HIV division of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have invited Elizabeth to discuss issues raised in The Wisdom of Whores. She’s likely to focus on the difference that independent donors could make in refocusing HIV prevention on things that work.

Reading and discussion at Book Soup in LA

Saturday, June 21, 2008 5:00 PM
8818 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Reading from The Wisdom of Whores and public discussion.
More information from Book Soup

Reading and discussion at Cody’s Books in Berkeley

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 7:00 PM
2201 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Elizabeth will read from the Wisdom of Whores, and discuss issues raised in the book with the audience.
More information from Cody’s Books

Town Hall Discussion at the University of California, San Francisco

Tuesday June 17, 2008 12.00 – 13.00
50 Beale Street, Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94105
The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies has invited Elizabeth to lead a discussion with a talk entitled:
Time to slaughter some sacred cows? A fresh look at why we’re failing
in HIV prevention

From 14.00
Graduate seminar: Of prostitutes, politicians and policemen: How the real world gets in the way of understanding HIV

Talk at the World Bank

Monday, June 16, 2008 12:00 PM
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433 USA
Room# MC 10-100

Elizabeth will give a talk about the interactions between HIV treatment and prevention, and hopes for debate.
“Treating our way into trouble? The importance of HIV prevention in an age of ARVs”

The World Bank welcomes allcomers to this talk, but security passes must be arranged so that you can get in. If you you’d like to come along, please e-mail Ndella Njie ( by Friday June 14 to confirm your attendance and request a pass.

Talk at USAID

Monday, June 16, 2008 – 10 am
Ronald Reagan Building
Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth looks forward to meeting USAID staff and former colleagues. She’ll give a talk entitled:
“People do dumb things for fun: deal with it! A re-evaluation of HIV prevention priorities in the developing world” and expects a lively discussion afterwards.

Discussion at the Center for Global Development, Washington DC

Friday, June 13, 2008 12:30 – 2pm
Elizabeth will provoke a discussion with a short talk entitled:
“Selling ourselves to the highest bidder: Have distorted incentives in the AIDS industry made whores of us all?”
She expects to learn a lot from colleagues at CGD.

Reading and discussion at Book Culture in New York

Thursday, June 12, 2008 – 7:00 PM
536 West 112 Street, New York City, NY 10025
Elizabeth will talk about: “Sexing up without dumbing down — how to communicate good science to bad politicians.” She’ll read from her book to illustrate how this can be done (and how not to do it) and answer questions.
More information from Book Culture

Interview on Newshour, BBC World Service

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 1200 GMT
As heads of state and ministers gather at the United Nations to review the progress made in containing AIDS, Elizabeth speaks to the BBC’s leading current affairs programme about success, failure and future challenges.

Discussion on NPR’s Fresh Air radio programme

Monday, June 9, 2008 Broadcast time varies by time zone
Elizabeth will discuss The Wisdom of Whores and some of the issues raised in the book on Fresh Air, NPR’s wonderful arts and discussion programme.