Kevin Bales: Spring 2003
Dr. Philippe Talavera: October 2003
Dr. Talavera works with the youth of Namibia to spread awareness about the disease and educate audiences about prevention methods. He provides a support network for the students, all of which have been affected by the disease in one way or another; and with the students he conducts fundraisers, directs educational productions, and plans events to display the productions. Dr. Talavera has directed and produced one documentary named The Hyena’s Disease, and a series of five short films with the students: the days are so long, can love cry?, I can’t imagine, Amanda, and It is me and you. These productions were developed with students of Namibia, makes use of songs and poems written by the students, and the message is intended to reach an adolescent audience. Dr. Talavera also wrote a book that parallels the information in the documentary The Hyena’s Disease , publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, Ombetja Yehinga, Namibia, with student’s publications about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, and has published the book Challenging the Namibian perception of sexuality, a case study of the Ovahimba and Ovaherero culturo-sexual models in Kunene North in an HIV/AIDS context . This book is based on his findings from his field esearch and intensive work with the Namibian youth.
During his time in North Carolina, Dr. Talavera made three public talks to Elon University addressing the issues of gender and HIV/AIDS, the role of global citizens in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and a comprehensive discussion addressing the Elon community at large. He visited the Periclean Scholars Class of 2006 and was instrumental in advancing and critiquing the mini documentaries being produced at the time of his visit. He made radio appearances; visited GST 110 classes, and spoke with a number of administrators about his work and the work of the Periclean Scholars. Elon University was honored to host his presence and he made a critical impact at the start of the Periclean Scholars’ work.
Anita Isaacs: Fall 2004
She was the main character featured in You Wake Me Up, the third of a four part documentary series created by the Periclean Scholars Class of 2006.
Anita's presence changed lives of the members of Elon's campus and surrounding community, while experiencing changes to her own life. She took her message and shared her story outside of her country, and beyond her continent. She developed the Periclean Scholars' understanding of AIDS in Namibia by providing first hand information from a woman who fights AIDS in Namibia on a daily basis. Anita's message affected the Periclean Scholars' projects and the education shared with others throughout the world and within the United States.
Lucy Steinitz: Fall 2005