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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 27, 2004

UI Office Of Residence Life To Host AIDS Memorial Quilt

The University of Iowa Office of Residence Life will recognize AIDS Awareness Week Feb. 6-13 with a program of events that includes a display of portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and a performance of Tony Kuschner's acclaimed play, "Angels in America."

"It's estimated that more than 40 million people around the world currently live with AIDS, and 11 new people are infected with HIV every minute," said Rob Anderson, educational programs coordinator in Office of Residence Life. "Because 25 percent of all new HIV infections occur in youths aged 13-20, it's important for organizations like ours to bring attention to this continuing epidemic."

All events during the week are free and open to the public, except for the production of "Angels in America."

Panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the Ecklund Lounge in Stanley Hall from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, from noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11. It can also be viewed by appointment by calling 319-335-3700.

Each panel on the AIDS quilt commemorates a person who has died from the disease. It now has more than 44,000 panels and is so large it has not been displayed in its entirety since 1996.

"The quilt, originated by the efforts of a small group of people in San Francisco in 1987, is seen as a poignant, powerful tool for education and prevention of AIDS and HIV," said Anderson.

AIDS Awareness Week is being held in conjunction with the UI Theatre Department's staging of "Angels in America," a critically acclaimed play that takes place in the early 1980s, just as AIDS was appearing in the United States. The play will be performed Feb. 5-8 and Feb. 13-15 at E.C. Mabie Theatre in the UI Theatre Building. For performance times and ticket information, call 319-335-1160 or visit the box office online at

Other events during AIDS Awareness Week include:

Friday, Feb. 6
" Talk of Iowa: Live from the Java House with Ben Kieffer." Discussion about AIDS and the production of Angels in America, 10 to 11 a.m., Java House, downtown Iowa City.

Monday, Feb. 9
" Philadelphia" A showing of the 1993 movie starring Tom Hanks, with a follow-up discussion, 7:30 p.m., Currier Hall, Van Oel Multipurpose Room.

Tuesday, Feb. 10
" Know AIDS: Protect Yourself/Educate Yourself" Presented by Shaun Tullis, Rapids AIDS Project, 7:30 p.m., Currier Hall, Van Oel Multipurpose Room.

Wednesday, Feb. 11
" Living with AIDS: The Cold Hard Truth" An intimate discussion with Cat, Jeffrey and Reggie, local residents living with AIDS, 7:30 p.m., Mayflower Hall, MC's Lounge.

Thursday, Feb. 12
" Red Ribbon Roundtable" Brown bag luncheon with members of the cast and crew of the UI Theatre Department's production of Angels in America, 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., Hillcrest Hall, Riverview Lounge.

For more information about any of the programs, call 319-335-3700.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,