Professor Rosanna DeMarco will be speaking about "ways of knowing" and the Catholic Intellectual Traditions as they relate to her research with women with HIV/AIDS in the United States, particularly Massachusetts. She will address the current trends of HIV/AIDS incidence among African American women, community-based knowledge development. She'll also discuss how to develop and understand meaning for these women, activism and future research. Her talk is inspired by Monika Hellwig's work on using experience and knowledge as way of becoming a better person in community and gaining a deeper understanding of human life.
Rosanna DeMarco, Associate Professor of Community Health at Boston College, spoke on February 26 about her work with American women living with HIV/AIDS. She shared some of her struggles to understand the situation of these women, who statistically tend to be poor and non-white. DeMarco approaches her work from both an inductive and deductive manner; in addition to scientific statistical analysis, DeMarco personally interacts with a number of women with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Boston area. Four of these women persuaded her to make a film with them about their lives – to be used as an educational piece encouraging others to avoid high-risk practices. The documentary, “Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives,” empowered the women involved in the making of it and is being shown internationally for AIDS prevention. DeMarco hopes that by encouraging women to speak out about their experiences, the circumstances that promote the spread of the disease will change.
“From Silencing the Self to Action: Experiences of Women Living with HIV/AIDS” Rosanna DeMarco (Abstract)
“Mechanics of Conducting Culturally Relevant HIV Prevention Research with Haitian American Adolescents: The Lessons Learned” Rosanna DeMarco and Anne E. Norris, Winter 2005.
“Culturally Relevant HIV Interventions: Transcending Ethnicity” Rosanna DeMarco and Anne E. Norris, Spring 2004.
“Refinement of the Silencing of the Self scale: Work for Registered Nurses" Rosanna DeMarco, Susan Jo Roberts, Anne E. Norris, and Mary McCurry
“The Influence of Self-Esteem and Self-Silencing on Self-Efficacy for Negotiating Safer Behaviors in Urban Bahamian Women” Shane L. Neely-Smith and Carol A. Patsdaughter, Winter 2005.
"The Catholic intellectual tradition in the Catholic University" in A.J. Cernera & O.J. Morgan (Eds.), Examining the Catholic intellectual tradition (pp. 1-18). Fairfield, CT: Sacred Heart University Press.