Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 26, 2006

AIDS and Advocacy: Nov. 9 Whitworth Speaker to Address
Responding to Global Pandemic

Jyl Hall, manager of Acting on AIDS, will present a lecture, "Global AIDS: What is God's heart for orphans and widows in their distress?" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3707. Hall's presentation is sponsored by the Speakers & Artists Series at Whitworth.

Hall will speak about the breadth of the AIDS pandemic and how it affects children, what a faith-driven response to the pandemic should look like, and the significance of being an advocate.

Acting on AIDS is a college advocacy program affiliated with World Vision, a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization. Acting on AIDS was started in 2003 by Christian college students at Seattle Pacific University. The purpose of the program is to create awareness about AIDS and to provide advocacy for people who have been affected by the global AIDS pandemic.

Hall recently received her master's degree at Asbury Theological Seminary; the focus of her studies was the theology of care for the poor in the gospel. In addition to her work with Acting on AIDS, Hall has worked for several years nationally and internationally with various humanitarian organizations in program development to promote community civic engagement. Hall also worked part time as a freelance writer in six countries in Africa, where she researched and reported on the AIDS crisis and related global-development issues. For more information about Acting on AIDS, please visit www.worldvision.org/aoa.nsf/aids/home.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Jennifer Toulouse-Lee, Academic Affairs program assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3707 or jtoulouse-lee@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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