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Ruth Messinger Addresses 'AIDS in Africa' for SNC Lecture

September 25, 2001

[ Ruth Messinger Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ruth W. Messinger, President/Executive Director of the American Jewish World Service, will present a lecture on "AIDS in Africa" as part of OWU's Sagan National Colloquium Public Affairs Series. She will discuss the dimensions of the AIDS crisis there, as well as the responsibilities of the United States and United Nations in that regard, and also will mention some of the exciting efforts occurring at the grassroots level to bring about needed changes.

Messinger also is Ohio Wesleyan's Fall 2001 Visiting Woodrow Wilson Scholar. She will give her Colloquium remarks at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the Benes Room of OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. Messinger will be on campus during the week of Oct. 1-5 to meet with students and professors. Ruth Messinger's areas of expertise include democracy and civic participation, urban policy and politics, social welfare, education, employment and tax policy. She is a social worker by professional training and has taught courses in several MSW programs as well as Policy and Politics at Queens and Hunter Colleges.

In her role as President/Executive Director of the American Jewish World Service, based in New York, Messinger manages and participates in the program's outreach and political/economic development programs in underdeveloped countries. She has developed a particular interest and expertise in the AIDS crisis in Africa. Her organization provides humanitarian aid, technical assistance and skilled volunteers to local grassroots groups in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Russia and the Ukraine in projects involving health, education, agriculture, economics development and human rights. At the domestic level, Ruth Messinger is well known as having been Manhattan Borough President in New York City from 1990-97, and was chosen in 1997 to be the first woman to run on a major party ticket for Mayor of New York City.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 16th year at Ohio Wesleyan University. Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3335 or visit snc.owu.edu.