A team of six
Elon faculty, staff and students involved in Project Pericles will
travel to the African nation of Namibia Jan. 11-31 to continue work
on several video documentaries about HIV/AIDS on the continent.
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senior video producer, and Bryan Baker, senior audio producer -
both staff members who work on projects in the School of Communications
- will join a group led by Tom Arcaro, a professor of sociology
and director of Project Pericles at Elon. They will be aided by
students Katrina Taylor, Rachel Copeland and Samantha White.
Taylor is a
communications major. Copeland and White are Periclean Scholars,
members of a select group of Elon students who are currently focusing
on the problem of HIV/AIDS in Africa.
The Elon group
will gather interviews and footage for use in documentaries. The
documentary series, titled “Faces of Hope,” will examine the problem
of AIDS in Africa from a variety of viewpoints. During the January
trip, the Elon team will interview key staffers with Catholic AIDS
Action,children who have been orphaned by AIDS and a traditional
The group will
also gather video for use in public-service announcements for Pfizer,
Inc., to inform Namibians about the availability of new medications
to fight AIDS.
The Elon group
will cut an audio CD of songs performed by the AIDS Awareness Club
from Opuwo, Namibia. Plans call for the CD to be sold together with
the documentary DVD, with proceeds benefiting HIV and AIDS efforts
of the Periclean Scholars is to inform Americans about the problem
of AIDS in Africa and Namibia," Arcaro said. "By doing
that, we hope to help out in whatever way we can. Not only do the
Periclean Scholars help out locally, by informing citizens in our
community about the problem, they also make a contribution globally."
Elon is one
of 10 colleges and universities nationwide to join Project Pericles,
an initiative sponsored by the Eugene Lang Foundation. Pericles
challenges the leadership at educational institutions to provide
learning experiences that will "instill in students an abiding and
active sense of social responsibility and civic concern."
A select group
of Elon students is chosen as Periclean Scholars each year. They
take a specially designed course during their sophomore, junior
and senior years, providing them with the tools necessary to become
effective citizens not only in their local communities but in the