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Convocation Considers How Camping Can Transform the Lives of South African Children and Youth

April 21, 2014

Philip Lilienthal, lawyer, philanthropist, and founder and president of Global Camps Africa, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 25 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Having Fun and Doing Good: Impacting HIV/AIDS Through Experiential Learning (the Camp Experience),” Lilienthal’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

A former Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia and a veteran camp owner in the United States, Lilienthal combined his belief in the transformational nature of camping and his passion for helping people around the globe to create Global Camps Africa. Global Camps Africa is a nonprofit organization that changes the lives of South Africa’s vulnerable children and youth by providing HIV/AIDS prevention education and training through high-impact residential and day camp experiences and continuing education. In doing so, the organization hopes to equip young people with the life skills that will support them in becoming safe and productive adults. Learn more about Global Camps Africa at www.globalcampsafrica.org.

In 2013, Lilienthal was awarded the prestigious Sargent Shriver Awarded for Distinguished Humanitarian Service by the Peace Corps. Named in honor of the first Peace Corps Director, the annual award is given to a returned Peace Corps volunteer who continues to make a sustained and distinguished contribution, whether that be to humanitarian causes at home, abroad, or through innovative social entrepreneurial efforts to bring out significant long term change.

For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton College Office of College Relations at (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located on First Street between College and Winona Streets in Northfield.