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Miami to observe World AIDS Day

In observance of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, Miami will present a weeklong series of programs about the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

On this 17th international observation of World AIDS Day, organizers including Miami students, staff and faculty will follow the all-university theme of “Citizens of the World” by providing opportunities to learn about the scope and impact HIV will have on the world and on each of us.

All events are open to the public:

• “Pandemic: Facing AIDS,” a documentary, will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, in the Great Room in MacMillan Hall. The documentary by Rory Kennedy about the HIV/AIDS pandemic is told by those who are living with HIV in Uganda, Russia, India, Thailand and Brazil. Admission is free.

• “Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt,” the Academy Award-winning documentary about the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in 113 Laws Hall. Admission is free. The film features personal accounts from the families and loved ones of people who have died of AIDS. Interwoven is news footage from the early days of HIV in the United States and the story of the quilt's significance as a memorial, as an educational tool and as an expression of healing.

• The centerpiece of the World AIDS Day observation is a display of a portion of The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 1-2, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in the Robert E. and Martha Hull Lee Gallery in Hiestand Hall. Five 12-feet-by-12-feet panels of the quilt will be on display and feature personal memorials to people lost to AIDS. Each panel is unique and handmade. At more than 1.2 million square feet, the quilt is too large to be displayed in its entirety. There are more than 46,000 individual panels that commemorate people from around the world. The Miami display will feature requested panels including that of Pedro Zamora, the AIDS activist who was featured in MTV's Real World: San Francisco. Admission is free.

• The opening ceremony and interdenominational blessing for The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Shriver Center multipurpose room. Representatives from different faiths will join together in a candlelight ceremony in a statement of caring for people living with HIV/AIDS across the world. Sponsored by Lights on Campus.

• SKAIDS - SKate for AIDS - a fund-raiser ice skate for AVOC (AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati) will start at 11:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Goggin Ice Arena. It will support HIV care and support services and community education and prevention. Sponsored by Morris Hall Council. A nominal fee applies.

• Shawn Decker and Gwenn Barringer present “A Boy, A Girl, A Virus, And The Relationship That Happened Anyway,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in the Heritage Room, Shriver Center. The couple - one has HIV - relay their personal story and show how living with HIV is perhaps the most important part of having HIV. They stress the importance of prevention to college students who may have become desensitized to HIV. Sponsored by HAWKS peer health educators and the office of health education. Contact the HAWKS at 9-8544 for more information.

For more information on the World AIDS Day programs in general, contact Dan Early, first-year adviser, Morris Hall, at earlyd@muohio.edu. More information on The AIDS Memorial Quilt is at www.aidsquilt.org.

More information on World AIDS Day is at www.unaids.org/wac2004/index_en.htm.

Date Published: 11/18/2004
Volume: 24   Number: 16

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