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AIDS is focus of Anthro Museum program this weekend

November 16th, 2011 Posted in Opinion

USU Public Relations & Marketing

LOGAN—Three AIDS experts will anchor activities at the next “Saturdays at the Museum” at Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology, where National AIDS Day awareness is in the spotlight.

The panelists will discuss the history of the AIDS epidemic and how it impacts the lives of people around the world. The panelists will include sociology professor Amy Bailey, who worked in public health and was an AIDS volunteer in northern California and Seattle from 1989-98; Joyce Mumah, a sociology instructor and postdoctoral researcher at the African Population and Health Research Center in Nairobi, Kenya, whose research focuses on AIDS in Africa; and Alex Bowman, HIV testing coordinator for the Utah Pride Center.

The panel discussion begins at 1 p.m. at the museum, Room 252 of Old Main, in the south turret of the historic Old Main building. Admission is free. For Saturday activities, free parking is available in the adjacent lot south of the building.

In addition to the discussion, throughout the day, museum visitors can make a paper quilt to commemorate those who have been diagnosed with AIDS or who have died from the disease.

“Even though it’s a dark part of our human story, AIDS is something that we can’t forget or ignore,” said museum assistant Amanda Arthur. “We need to learn about it and then band together to find a cure.”

The Saturday event at the Museum of Anthropology is part of extended activities planned by multiple sponsors as part of World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), including a display of panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, both on campus and at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 85 E. 100 North.

The public is invited to visit the museum Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Funding for the Saturday events is provided by a grant from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information about this event, call museum staff at (435) 797-7545 or visit the museum website.

The Museum of Anthropology is part of the Anthropology Program at USU in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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