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Aids Quilt Coming to Miami
OXFORD, Ohio -- Part of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will
be at Miami University Sept. 20-21.
"Quilt of Lives," a section of 600 panels, including some of area AIDS
victims, will be on display 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and 10 a.m.-6
p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Millett Hall. A 30-minute unfolding ceremony at 10
a.m. Saturday will involve volunteers from across southwest Ohio.
The display is free and open to the public. Donations will benefit the
AIDS Task Force of Butler County.
The display will complement Miami's 1997 Summer Reading Program
selection--Dr. Abraham Verghese's My Own Country, Dr. Verghese's
convocation speech August 25 and other AIDS-related educational programs during
the academic year.
A quilt-making workshop to prepare new panels for the AIDS Memorial Quilt
will run Sept. 13-14 at Miami's Western Lodge and a candlelight vigil will be
held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, at the Shriver Center plaza.
The entire AIDS Memorial Quilt consists of more than 42,000 panels, each
dedicated to one or more people who have died of AIDS. The quilt, or sections
of it, has been displayed 2,000 times during the last 10 years by the NAMES
Project Foundation to commemorate, inspire and instruct.
Quilt displays also are intended to provided a positive means of
expression for people grieving the death of a loved one and to raise funds for
people living with HIV and AIDS. The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was
nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
Miami has hosted two other AIDS quilt displays, in 1989 and in
A committee of faculty, students, staff and community members is
coordinating the event. Volunteers are still needed and can contact Lisa Boes
at (513) 529-1424.
For more information about the display, contact Pat Baugher, host
committee co-chair, at (513) 529-8138.