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Anthropology Department Seminar

Dr. Lydia Boyd of Santa Clara University will speak on Saving One's Self: Ugandan Youth, Sexual Abstinece, and Born-Again Christianity in the Time of AIDS

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Kennedy Commons

Dr. Boyd explores abstinence-focused sponsorship in Uganda, analyzing how powerful born-again churches in the capital, Kampala, promote sexual abstinence and the “Christian family” as solutions to the AIDS epidemic. At public rallies “immoral” behavior is condemned, condom use is ridiculed, and young adults testify about the heartache of growing up in “broken” homes.  Dr. Boyd discusses how these campaigns have been at cross-purposes with earlier more pragmatic and culturally conscious Ugandan AIDS programs that had already proven successful.

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