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Celebrated Humanitarian Stephen Lewis to Speak at Moravian

Former United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa visits March 18

Stephen LewisBethlehem, Pa., March 11, 2014—Stephen Lewis, a celebrated humanitarian and former United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa will speak at Moravian College on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Hall. Race Against Time: An Evening with Stephen Lewis is part of the Health Care | In Focus program at Moravian. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.

Lewis is one of Canada’s most influential commentators on social affairs, international development, and human rights. He researches his talks with obsessive care, enlivens them with personal anecdotes, and is both passionate and political. He is the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation; a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University; the co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World in the United States; and the former UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa. He is coming to Moravian College to speak to our community about his life work which addresses all four of our IN FOCUS topics.

Lewis is a senior fellow of the Enough Project. He is an immediate past member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He served as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

Lewis was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, he was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations. From 1970-1978, Lewis was leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, during which time he became leader of the Official Opposition.

Lewis is the author of the bestselling book Race Against Time. He holds 35 honorary degrees from Canadian universities, as well as honorary degrees from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University in the United States. In 2003, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 2007, King Letsie III, monarch of the Kingdom of Lesotho invested him as Knight Commander of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe. The order is named for the founder of Lesotho; the knighthood is the country’s highest honor. In 2012, Lewis was an inaugural recipient of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Foy Hall is located on Moravian College’s Hurd Campus, near the corner of Church and Main Streets in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Michael Wilson at wilson@moravian.edu or 610-861-1365.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.