Students Return from Africa Studying AIDS Epidemic

The professor in charge says he hopes to use the experience to change the school’s curriculum.

A class of Indiana University journalism students has returned from a trip to Africa where a dozen students studied the AIDS epidemic. The professor in charge says he hopes to use the experience to change the school’s curriculum.

This year was the second that professor Jim Kelly has taken students to Kenya. He stressed that international travel and research should become part of their future curriculum.

“Travel increases ones tolerance and understanding in a way that no other experience does. As important as the book learning here on campus is to see how the lessons that they learn in Bloomington can be applied in a foreign context in particularly in a developing world context. I bring back 12 different students, and they will all readily admit that the trip to Kenya changed their lives in significant ways,” Kelly said. “They learn things that you just don’t understand until you’ve seen it with your own eyes.”

Kelly says the prevalence and incidence of HIV/AIDS in some parts of the United States nearly matches some African countries. Because of that, he’s interested in adding another class to the IU program, regarding this epidemic in the U.S.

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