Award-winning Health Educator
and Motivational Speaker, Scott Fried,
to speak at URI on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2017
Health Educator Scott Fried will be in residence at the University of Rhode Island on World AIDS Day, Friday December 1, 2017. Candidly addressing issues of sexual health, intimacy in the age of social media, and building resilience and self-esteem, he will conduct workshops during the day at the Gender and Sexuality Center and at the Memorial Union and will also speak Friday evening following dinner at URI Hillel.
Scott Fried is an award-winning international public speaker, HIV/AIDS educator and author. For over 25 years he has lectured to over a million teenagers and adults in nearly every U.S. state, as well as countries including Israel, England, Canada, Holland and Honduras. He has spoken at over 1000 colleges and universities, schools, camps, synagogues, churches, youth retreats, prisons, military bases, and gatherings of teachers, counselors, and parents.
Fried’s work is based on a core belief that one must understand the value of one’s own life and hold it sacred, in order to refrain from dangerous behaviors that could lead to HIV infection and other crises. He speaks on a variety of topics including sexual responsibility and consent, transmission of HIV, eating disorders, body image, self-injury, suicide, alcohol & drug misuse, intimacy, and broken-heartedness. Regardless of the topic, Fried shares his own life story of contracting and dealing with HIV.
Scott Fried’s visit to URI will include the following presentations:
Social Media and True Intimacy: Noon-1:30 p.m. (Pizza lunch served)
URI Gender and Sexuality Center 19 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI
In this lecture, Fried will discuss how social media can create false intimacy instead of allowing students to experience true closeness. He will also discuss other dangers, explaining how platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr provide momentary distractions and embolden students to behave uncivilly toward one another. In addition, he will offer tips for healthy Internet relations and developing an appropriate online persona.
Sexual Health and Safe Sex: 2-4 p.m.
Memorial Union Atrium I, 50 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI
Fried will speak about healthy sexuality, safer sex, condoms, HIV drug treatments including PrEP, TasP, and PEP and other new health information related to HIV/AIDS. Educators from URI Health Services will participate to share what resources are available on campus.
From Scared to Sacred: AIDS Love and Staying Alive
Healing Service at 5:30 pm, Shabbat Dinner at 6:15 pm, Presentation at 7 pm
URI Hillel, 6 Fraternity Circle, Kingston, RI
A brief service of healing will be followed by a festive Shabbat (Sabbath) Dinner and Fried’s presentation. Detailing his personal story – contracting HIV at age 24 and surviving three decades, Fried is honored to mark the 30th anniversary of the date of his diagnosis at URI on December 1. He will describe how he turned a curse into a blessing and what lessons others can learn from his story. Reservations are required for the dinner portion of this event and may be made here. There is no charge for dinner but donations are appreciated.
In conjunction with Fried’s visit, AIDS PROJECT RI will be conducting free and confidential HIV testing from 3-5 pm on Friday December 1 in the URI Health Services Potter Building, 6 Quarry Rd., Kingston, RI.
Fried’s visit to URI is sponsored by URI Hillel and the Gender and Sexuality Center with additional support from URI Health Services and Greek Life. Other contributors at this time include the URI Departments of Education, Gender and Women’s Studies, Human Development and Family Studies, Sociology and Anthropology; the URI Women’s Center; individual members of the URI Chaplains Association; and the 401J Program of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.
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