Penn's Annenberg School for Communication Marks World AIDS Day with Public Lecture and Art Exhibition

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 4, 2005

WHO:  Paula Treichler, research professor of communications, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

WHAT & WHEN: Body Maps Art Exhibition, Nov. 15, 2005-Jan. 15, 2006, Public Lecture, Dec. 6, 6:15 p.m.

WHERE:     Annenberg School for Communication, 3620 Walnut St. on the University of Pennsylvania campus

Paula Treichler, research professor of communications and former director of the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will give a talk entitled "Medicine, Media and the Power of Narrative: the AIDS Storyline on General Hospital" in Penn's Annenberg School for Communication, Room 109.   The Dec. 6 lecture is free and open to the public.

Treichler, an authority on the cultural dimensions of science and medicine, has served since 1972 as a teacher and administrator at the University of Illinois' experimental Unit One program, as dean of students in the College of Medicine and as director of the Institute of Communications Research.  She is author of "How to Have Theory in an Epidemic: Cultural Chronicles of AIDS" and co-author of "A Feminist Dictionary and Language, Gender and Professional Writing: Theoretical Essays and Guidelines for Nonsexist Usage."  She is currently completing a book on the history of condoms, entitled "How to Use a Condom: The Trojan Story."

The lecture is sponsored by the Annenberg Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at Penn's Annenberg School for Communication with support from the Penn Center for AIDS Research.

The Annenberg Scholars Program is also sponsoring, in cooperation with David Krut Projects, New York, an exhibition entitled "Body Maps," a collection of life-size canvases and watercolors by South African AIDS patients, depicting their physical and emotional pain and their visions of hope for the future.   An opening reception including a gallery talk will launch the exhibition Nov. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Atrium of the Annenberg School for Communication 3620 Walnut St.   The exhibition will run through Jan. 15, 2006.