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Dec. 1,  2011

World's Largest Collegiate Display of AIDS Memorial Quilt Hosted by Emory Dec. 1

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Emory University will host the largest collegiate display of The AIDS Memorial Quilt in the world on Thursday, Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, with 1,432 panels, each telling the story of the nearly 3,000 lives cut short by HIV/AIDS. This will be the largest dedicatory service Emory has ever hosted.     

Presented by Emory Hillel, the seventh annual "Quilt on the Quad" will take place on McDonough Field in the heart of the Emory campus from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the Quilt display, there will be 25 panels arranged at various locations around campus. Of the 25 panels, 12 will include QR code integration so that smartphone users can link to online “Quilt Stories” containing voiceovers.  

The director of Emory Hillel, Michael Rabkin, will provide the keynote address followed by a names reading ceremony. During the service, Emory faculty and students will read the names of those whose panels are remembered. To raise awareness and to show solidarity for World AIDS Day, the color red will be worn on Dec. 1.     

Emory scientists and physicians also are at the forefront of research efforts to develop effective drugs, vaccines and behavioral interventions for HIV and AIDS. The Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is an official National Institutes of Health CFAR site. CFAR provides support for 245 faculty, research fellows and post-docs who do ground breaking basic, translational and applied work, domestically and abroad. For detailed information about HIV and AIDS research at Emory.

More information about Emory's programs in HIV/AIDS.

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.

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