Crisis in Africa creates 'Conversation' on WPSU

It is hard to image a world where HIV/AIDS treatments are not widely available; where domestic and sexual violence are considered a part of everyday life; where most children become orphans and are left to raise themselves. In Africa, such a world is reality. In the next episode of “Conversations from Penn State,” diplomat, author and humanitarian, Stephen Lewis, addresses the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa and the need for international reform.

“AIDS is still taking a terrible toll,” said Lewis. “There are still 10 million people who require treatment and it's not immediately apparent when that treatment is going to happen or where the money will come from. But we know that if we keep at it, we can hit the ground.”

"Conversations from Penn State" is a series hosted by veteran interviewer Patty Satalia. The program offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field and drawn national and worldwide attention.

The show will air on WPSU-TV at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14. It also will air on the Big Ten Network on at noon Monday, Oct. 25.

Stephen Lewis is the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the co-founder/ co-director of AIDS Free World. He also is currently a commissioner for the newly formed Global Commission on HIV and the Law. Prior to these roles, Lewis spent more than two decades working with the United Nations. During this time, he was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. He also is the author of the best-selling book, "Race Against Time."

The show also can be viewed at

For more than 20 years, Patty Satalia has engaged dynamic individuals from all walks of life and areas of expertise. No matter the guest, Satalia approaches each conversation with the same dedication to research and with a passion for helping people share their stories and insights with the world.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010