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Originator of AIDS quilt to speak at UCR

Originator of AIDS quilt to speak at UCR

(April 9, 2001)

Cleve Jones, the internationally known gay historian and founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, will speak Wednesday, April 11 at the University of California, Riverside about the changes marking the beginning of the 21st year of the AIDS crisis.

The speech, titled, "The Changing Faces of the Third Decade of the AIDS Pandemic," is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the University Village Theater 10. It is free and open to the public. Recognizing early the impact of AIDS on society, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 to help those afflicted with the fatal syndrome.

In 1987, Jones launched the memorial quilt, which has since grown to become the world's largest community arts project, memorializing more than 85,000 Americans cut down by AIDS. Independent affiliates of the project operate in 50 countries around the world, from Canada to South Africa, and Brazil to China.

Jones travels extensively, lecturing at schools and universities. He is active on boards dedicated to finding a cure for AIDS and wrote a best-selling memoir, "Stitching a Revolution," in April 2000. Jones remains active with the AIDS Memorial Quilt project and the South African Development Fund to promote prevention, care, and treatment projects in Africa and the U.S.

Sponsors include the departments of Anthropology; Economics; English; History; Sociology; Women's Studies; and the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Support also comes from the Institute for Research on World Systems, and the Ernesto Galarza Public Policy and Humanities Research Institute, both at UCR.

For more information about the event, call Anthropology Department chair Thomas C. Patterson at (909) 787-2050.

Maps and directions to the University Village Theater are available at UCR information kiosks at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus web site Visitor parking costs up to $6 per vehicle.

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