April 18, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Stephen Lewis, the special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for AIDS in Africa, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 19, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Lewis’s talk is free and open to the public; a book signing will follow the lecture. This event is sponsored by the Anthropology and Sociology Department, Black Studies Department, the Corliss Lamont Fund for a Peaceful World and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Amherst College; Five Colleges, Inc.; the Five College African Studies Council and African Scholars Program; Atopani at Hampshire College; the Afro-American and African Studies Department at Mount Holyoke College; the African Studies and Government (Leanna Brown Fund) Departments at Smith College; and the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Internationally renowned for his untiring efforts to combat AIDS in Africa, Lewis formerly served as deputy director of UNICEF and as ambassador of Canada to the United Nations. In 1999 he served as a member of the International Panel of Eminent Personalities convened by the Organization of African Unity to investigate the Rwandan genocide. He is the author of Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS Ravaged Africa (2005). Lewis founded the Stephen Lewis Foundation (www.stephenlewisfoundation.org ), which funds community-based initiatives to help ease the pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa.