Expert on AIDS, gender in Africa to speak October 20

Sanyu A. Mojola
Sanyu A. Mojola

Sanyu A. Mojola will speak Tuesday, Oct. 20, at NIU on “Love, Money, and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS.”

The presentation, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center, is free and open to the public.

Mojola, a professor of sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, is the author of “Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS” (University of California Press), which won the 2015 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association.

The book examines how young African women, who have higher rates of HIV compared to young men, navigate their relationships, schooling, employment and finances in the context of economic inequality and a devastating HIV epidemic.

Research for this book took Mojola to her native Kenya to conduct field study.

Based on her cutting-edge research, Mojola has been honored as a 2015-2016 Hutchins Fellow with the W. E. B. DuBois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. During her year at Harvard, she will be extending her research on how societies produce illness to the United States, investigating why racial health disparities are so enduring using the case of the HIV epidemic in Washington, D.C.

Mojola’s visit to NIU is supported by the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; the Collaborative on Early Adolescence; the College of Education; the Departments of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations, Psychology, and Sociology; the University Honors Program; the College of Health & Human Sciences; and the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

For more information, call (815) 753-1038 or email wgs@niu.edu.

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