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HIV/AIDS in Africa and Beyond: The Story the Media Missed

South African author, journalist, scholar to discuss HIV/AIDS pandemic

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November 10, 2011 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- In a country with one of the highest HIV prevalence rates around the globe, South Africa is at the epicenter of the world’s HIV/AIDS crisis. On Thursday, Dec. 1, Jonny Steinberg -- a South African author, journalist and scholar who has written extensively about the pandemic -- will speak at Northwestern University. His presentation is part of the Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. Lecture Series.

Steinberg will discuss “HIV/AIDS in Africa and Beyond: The Story the Media Missed” at 4 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. Presented as part of World AIDS Day by Northwestern’s Program of African Studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Medill, the event is free and open to the public.

Steinberg has covered South Africa’s political and cultural landscape with rare insight, including the continuing HIV/AIDS pandemic in his country and on the African continent. He is the author of “Sizwe’s Test: A Young Man’s Journey through Africa’s AIDS Epidemic,” one of The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2008.

Steinberg will talk about emerging issues in the African pandemic and the ways in which increased availability of AIDS treatment has changed South African society. In particular, he will look at gender differences between the country’s young men and women in their willingness to take anti-retroviral medications.

Steinberg, who studied political theory on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University’s Balliol College, returned to his homeland to work for a national daily newspaper. He is a two-time winner of the Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s most prestigious literary prize, for his nonfiction books, “Midlands” and “The Number.”

Steinberg’s latest book, “Little Liberia: An African Odyssey in New York,” looks at the lives of Liberian refugees living in New York. He teaches African Studies at Oxford University.

The Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. Lecture Series regularly brings journalists, newsmakers and others discussing current events and the news business to Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

For more information on this or other Crain Lectures, call Catherine Rabenstine at (847) 491-5593 or visit www.medill.northwestern.edu.