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Ohio Wesleyan to Present AIDS Panel Discussion, Lecture by Former ‘ER’ Star Gloria Reuben

March 6, 2007

Following the debut of the AIDS-related film “Life Support” on HBO this weekend, Ohio Wesleyan University will present a March 28 lecture by Gloria Reuben, one of the film's stars, as well as an AIDS/HIV panel discussion in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. Both events are free and open to the public.

Reuben, who played HIV-infected health care worker Jeanie Boulet on NBC's “ER,” will discuss “Race, Class, and Gender: Fanning the Flames of an American Epidemic” at 8 p.m. Her presentation will focus on the upsurge of AIDS among African Americans and the broader societal silence in addressing the issue. An outspoken HIV/AIDS activist, Reuben stars alongside Queen Latifah in “Life Support,” which debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and airs at 8 p.m. March 10 on HBO.

A 4 p.m. panel discussion prior to Reuben's lecture will feature Ohio Wesleyan professors Emmanuel Twesigye and Sean Kay, along with a representative from the Columbus AIDS Task Force. Twesigye, Ph.D., a native of Uganda and a Christian studies professor, will provide insight on Uganda's successful health policies and the republic's resulting reduction in HIV/AIDS infections. Kay, Ph.D., a professor of politics and government and the coordinator of Ohio Wesleyan's international studies program, will comment on the global implications of the virus. The AIDS Task Force representative will address the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in central Ohio.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.