University Chapel Hour to Present Student Senate AIDS Chapel

November 2, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan's University Chapel Hour and Special Events and Services will present the Student Senate AIDS Chapel with guest speaker Kearsley Stewart, professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. in Evelyn Chapel, 1301 N. Park St., in Bloomington.

The service is free and open to the public.

As a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, Stewart's work at Northwestern University focuses on HIV/AIDS research ethics of clinical trials in Africa and in AIDS in the United States.  In 2005, she was awarded the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Program for Health and Higher Education Curricular Award for her Anthropology 101 Freshman Seminar in HIV/AIDS in Global Perspective.  She was also been awarded the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in Education by Great Ideas For Teaching About Africa in 1999.

Stewart has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships including the 2005 David Bell Research Fellowship at the Center for Population and Development Studies of the Harvard School of Public Health.  She has also held grants from the Fulbright New Century Scholars in 2002 and 2003, the National Institute of Mental Health in 1996 and the National Science Foundation in 1996.

From 2000 to 2002, Stewart worked as a medical anthropologist for the Division of HIV/AIDS at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for clinic-based intervention in Atlanta, Ga.  At the CDC, she worked on "Project HEART" where she developed informed consent and research protocols, collected ethnographic data, conducted data management and analysis and prepared presentations and posters.

Stewart received her B.A. in French from Northwestern University in 1981, her M.A. in African Studies from University of California at Los Angeles in 1986 and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida in 2000.

For additional information, contact the Illinois Wesleyan Chaplain's office at (309) 556-3005 or student coordinator Derrick Tillman-Kelly at

 Contact: Taylar Kuzniar, (309) 556-3181