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International professor presents lecture dealing with AIDS/HIV - Daily Athenaeum

Published: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Joyce Mathangwane will speak at West Virginia University as part of The Jackson Distinguished Lecture Series.

Mathangwane, an associate professor of language and linguistics at the University of Botswana, is scheduled as part of The Jackson Distinguished Lecture Series held by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Mathangwane’s lecture, "People’s perceptions of HIV/AIDS as portrayed by their labels of the disease: the case of Botswana," discusses attitudes toward the disease in Botswana and how these continue to be a setback in the fight against the sickness.

This lecture differs from what Eberly is used to because it deals with real-life studies of something that has affected many people.

"As a student here I have been to many lectures, and this one seems different because it is strictly about a real-life issue that affects many people today," said Emily White a sophomore English major. "I hope that this lecture brings something different to the table, that always excites me.


In her study, Mathangwane examines the different labels or names used to refer to the disease and how the names are influenced by the attitudes of people.

Mathangwane is the author of "Ikalanga Phonetics and Phonology: A Synchronic and Diachronic Study" and is a distinguished professor in her field of study.

The event will last for one hour and starts at 11:30 a.m. in room 130 of Colson Hall. The reading is free and open to the public.


— brm

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