Dec. 1, 2010
Emory to Host World's Largest Display of The AIDS Memorial Quilt Dec. 1
The event has been moved indoors due to weather. The event will now take place in the Dobbs University Center, 605 Asbury Circle, Emory campus.
Emory University will host the largest display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the world on Wednesday, Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, with more than 1,200 panels, each telling the story of lives cut short by HIV/AIDS.
Presented by Emory Hillel, the sixth annual "Quilt on the Quad" will take place for the first time on McDonough Field in the heart of the Emory campus from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The panels will be arranged in the shape of a ribbon.
The opening ceremony will involve members of the Emory community who will read the names of each individual memorialized by a quilt panel on the quad. Two recent Emory graduates will speak about their involvement in bringing the Quilt to campus and their personal connections to it, including 2007 graduate Haley Rosengarten, who dedicated a panel for her father in 2006.
Emory scientists and physicians also are at the forefront of research efforts to develop effective drugs and vaccines against HIV and AIDS. The Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is an official National Institutes of Health CFAR site. More than 100 faculty throughout Emory are working on some aspect of HIV/AIDS prevention or treatment.
The NAMES Project Foundation, Inc., is the international curator of The AIDS Memorial Quilt, now headquartered in Atlanta. The foundation was established in 1987 as a non-governmental organization with the mission of preserving, caring for and using The AIDS Memorial Quilt to inspire action, heighten awareness and foster healing in the age of AIDS.