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Global Humanitarian Speaks at Medical School Nov. 13

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By Wendy Sarubbi

Dr. Samantha Nutt, an award-winning humanitarian, best-selling author, and founder of the international organization War Child, will speak on "Social Responsibility & Global Health" November 13 at the UCF College of Medicine.

Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world's major crises - from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to Darfur, Sudan. She is one of the most recognized voices in global humanitarianism and has appeared in media outlets including Time magazine, NBC Nightly News and NPR.

Her presentation will address the question, "What does it take:

  • To realize a vision of the world in which we act on our responsibilities as citizens?
  • To do a better job (not necessarily a perfect job) of protecting civilians caught in the crossfire of war?
  • To reduce, if not eliminate, the threat of war as a propagator of death, disease, destruction and unfathomable hardship?
  • To think about global health, not in terms of the skills we can export, but in terms of the capacity we can build?

Dr. Nutt is certified in family medicine and completed a sub-specialization in women's health through the University of Toronto as a Women's Health Scholar. She has received numerous honorary doctorates from universities in the United States and Canada. She is a staff physician at Women's College Hospital in Toronto and is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. She is executive director of War Child Canada/War Child USA. In her book, "Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid," she explains how "we are all a part of war," through investments, commercial and other choices and how people can reduce civilian suffering by their choices.

"Dr. Nutt has witnessed the horrific suffering of civilians in wars across the globe. By sharing her journey at the College of Medicine, I hope she can help us all understand how we can better care for each other as global citizens," said Dr. Judy Simms-Cendan, director of the medical school's international health programs.

Dr. Nutt's presentation will run from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium (Room 102) of the medical education building and be followed by a reception and refreshments.

"Social Responsibility & Global Health" is part of UCF International Education Week and is sponsored by the UCF College of Health and Public Affairs' International Affairs Committee, the UCF College of Medicine and the Diebel Legacy Fund.

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