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Gravesonte art, Gahu songs, African health strategies mark World Aids Day at U of T Commemorative activitites to be held Nov. 27 to Dec. 1

November 22, 2006

Source: University of Toronto

The entire University of Toronto campus springs to life Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 as faculties and departments offer performances, lectures and displays to commemorate World AIDS Day.

Groups from all faculties will host talks and events across the campus. Activities will include research poster presentations, a gravestone art installation, mock pill bottle distribution and a condom art pin display.

The activities culminate in a 7 p.m. event at Hart House Dec. 1. Keynote speeches and feature performances take place at Hart House Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Faculty of Music drummers and dancers will perform a West African expressive dance known as gahu and a string and vocal ensemble will perform the operatic piece We Shall Overcome.

Professor Catharine Whiteside, dean of the Faculty of Medicine, will make opening remarks for talks by renowned AIDS researcher Kelly MacDonald, who will speak on current vaccine development, and Mary Ngoma, chair of the vice-chancellor’s standing committee on HIV/AIDS at the University of Zambia, who will speak on the conditions in her country where nearly 25 per cent of the population is infected with HIV.

The program will be followed by a candlelight vigil at Queen’s Park.

See for more information.


Judy Kopelow, Centre for International Health, 416-946-7962; e-mail:

Dray Perenic, Hart House, 416-946-7325; e-mail:



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