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World AIDS Day is recognized each year on December 1.  The 2017 international campaign, My Health, My Right, highlights the right to health and the importance of erasing health inequalities globally. As part of this annual recognition, VWU Professor of Sociology Kathy Stolley and the SOC 251/Epidemics and Society class invite the VWU community to participate in several World AIDS Day interactive activities:

The NAMES Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt
Location: Batten Center Hub
Days/Times: November 29-December 3, 2018, during Batten Center hours
Blocks from the NAMES Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display.  The Quilt is the world’s largest public art project.  Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, it commemorates the lives of more than 96,000 people who have died of AIDS.  Learn more at:

A Reflection on HIV/AIDS and The NAMES Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt
Location: Batten Center Hub (Note the updated location.)
Day/Time: Thursday, November 30, 11 a.m.- Noon
Speaker: Lorraine Reichert, Sr. Community Health Navigator, LGBT Life Center
Lorraine, a US Navy veteran, has been working in and around the HIV/AIDS community for more than two decades.  She contracted HIV in 1989 while pregnant with her second daughter, and has lived through the fear-mongering, discrimination, and prejudice that surrounded the HIV culture then.  She was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show in 1994.  Lorraine has seen a lot of people pass away from the disease and helped create dozens of panels for the AIDS Quilt.  Time is allotted for audience questions; a reception follows.
HIV/AIDS Information Table
Location: Batten Center Hub
Day/Time: Thursday, November 30, 11 a.m.- Noon
Information table provided by LGBT Life Center Prevention Department staff
Paint a Block on VWU’s AIDS Memorial Wall
Location:  Allen Village (Village II) hallway
Wednesday, November 29, 1 -3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29, 4 -6 p.m.
Thursday, November 30, 1 -2:15 p.m.
Friday, December 1, 10 a.m. - Noon
Contribute a painted block to this powerful and personal project that started in 1999 with blocks patterned after The NAMES Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt.

World AIDS Day Presentation
Location: Blocker Auditorium
Date/Time: Thursday, Nov 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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