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Former 'Real World' cast member, AIDS activist to speak, March 2

Judd Winick, cartoonist, AIDS activist and cast member of MTV's "The Real World: San Francisco," will speak at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in 302 Frist Campus Center. The event, part of the Class of 2004 Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. Winick will discuss "Reality TV, AIDS in the 21st Century, Puck and the Life and Legacy of Pedro Zamora."

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Winick came to some national prominence as a cast member of MTV's "The Real World" in 1994. In the wake of the death of his "Real World" roommate and friend, AIDS activist Pedro Zamora, Winick embarked on a national AIDS education lecture tour for a year and half and spoke at more than 80 schools. He later documented his friendship with Zamora and the lecture tour in an award-winning book, "Pedro and Me."

Winick writes for a variety of mainstream comic titles such as "Green Lantern," "The X-Men" and "Batman." He also writes and draws his own book, "The Adventures of Barry Ween," and is developing it and other properties for television. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and fellow former "Real World" cast member Pamela Ling. They are the founders of the National Pedro Zamora Project , a philanthropic organization that provides funds to youth-based AIDS and HIV programs.

After his lecture, Winick will be on the 100 level of the Frist Campus Center to meet with those attending and to sign copies of his book.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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