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HIV conference to feature actress Sheryl Lee Ralph

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The conference "Social and Structural Determinants of HIV Infections among Minority Populations"—which will examine the growing problem of HIV/AIDS among Blacks, Latinos and imprisoned populations—will be held at the University of Chicago (UChicago) Nov. 16-17.

STI/HIV Intervention Network (SHINE), which is based at the UChicago's School of Social Service Administration, is organizing the event.

On Nov. 16, Dr. Robert Fullilove, professor and associate dean for community and minority affairs at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, will deliver the keynote address on "Mass Incarceration As a Social Driver of HIV/AIDS in the United States." Additional speakers and discussants from UChicago, the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and Loyola University as well as a number of community partners will also present. This conference will be at the School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th St., 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, 7-9:30 p.m., at the University's International House, 1414 E. 59th St., actress/singer Sheryl Lee Ralph will present her one woman play, "Sometimes I Cry," a look into the true stories of women from different walks of life affected by HIV/AIDS. A Q&A and book-signing will follow the performance.

Both events are free and open to the public, but there's limited seating. Register early at Call 773-834-3070 for additional info.

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