Thursday, January 28, 2010

Speakers Series presents AIDS in the African Continent

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents AIDS in the African Continent. The free of charge event features a film screening of Living with AIDS, followed by a discussion moderated by Africa Action's Briggs Bomba and UIS International Admissions Counselor, Samba Dieng.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library at UIS

DETAILS: Living with AIDS documents the work of an orderly in a hospital in Zambia, where the majority of the patients are HIV-positive. In the film, the orderly, Samura, exposes the untold story of AIDS: how poverty and the complex nature of African culture and sexuality are hampering efforts to eradicate this horrifying disease.

Briggs Bomba of Africa Action has extensive experience working with civil society organizations in Zimbabwe and other African countries and has traveled extensively on the African continent.

Samba Dieng has a master’s degree in international relations and political science. He grew up in seven countries and has worked for Africa Action as an intern. While at Africa Action, he helped design a campaign update on the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids relief and developed a monthly HIV/AIDS fact sheet. Both Briggs and Dieng are natives of Africa and have first-hand experience of the disease.

For more information and a list of other speakers series events, visit the speaker series Web site or contact Kimberly Craig at 217/206-6245 or

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