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Social Worker from South Africa to Be Guest Lecturer at UW-Eau Claire Sept. 19-28

RELEASED: Sept. 14, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Orphans of AIDS and the thousands of street children in South Africa will be among the topics South African social worker Premilla Pillay will discuss when she is on campus this month as an invited guest lecturer.

Pillay will serve as a guest lecturer from Sept. 19-28 in the department of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

A social worker at Durban Children's Home in Durban, South Africa, Pillay supervises social work interns from UW-Eau Claire and KwaZulu-Natal University in Durban.

During her time at UW-Eau Claire, Pillay will speak to students in social work and economics classes, make class presentations on topics related to South Africa, and will meet with students interested in interning in South Africa.

Pillay also will present "Orphans of AIDS in South Africa" from noon-1 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center. The presentation is open to the campus and greater Eau Claire communities.

Pillay, a graduate of the University of Durban Westville, has an honors degree in social work. Most of her professional experience is in residential treatment programs for emotionally disturbed, neglected and dependent youth in the Durban area. She also has directed a drug treatment program. She serves on the Regional Executive Committee of the National Association of Child Care Workers and is the chair of the Social Workers' Forum in NACCW.

For details about Premilla Pillay's visit or to arrange for an interview with her during her time on campus, contact Dr. Nick Smiar, professor of social work, at 715-836-5404 or smiarnp@uwec.edu.

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