Humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner to speak in Hudson

KE Pre story Dr. James Orbinski headlining Pre-StoryFest event

Dr. James Orbinski has received impressive, momentous awards and accolades during his career, but it his unrelenting mission to reinvent humanitarianism that seems to most drive the Toronto physician.  Dr. Orbinski, the Research Chair in Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and professor of medicine and political science at the University of Toronto, will speak in Hudson on July 14 about the atrocities he witnessed firsthand in Africa during a Greenwood Centre For Living History Pre-StoryFest event. Tickets are on sale now. Author of the best selling book An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-first Century (April, 2008, Doubleday Canada), Dr. Orbinski helped establish the Canadian chapter of Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF, (Doctors Without Borders.) He worked in the field for the group during the early 90’s and was elected its international president from 1998 – 2001. He accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for the organization in 1999. Dr. Orbinski also worked alongside General Romeo Dallaire during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. The harsh and unimaginable suffering he confronted while in Rwanda is recounted in Triage: Dr James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma. The Canadian doctor narrates parts of the graphic and unflinching documentary that was directed by Patrick Reed. The film, which was screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and which won an Amnesty International Gold Medal Award, was incorporated into the “War and Medicine” at the Canadian War Museum. The pre-StoryFest event featuring the much lauded doctor with more than 20 years experience in humanitarian relief will take place at 7.30 p.m., on Thursday, July 14 at Hudson’s Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Rd. A book signing will follow. Tickets. $20, are available at Pure Art Boutique in Hudson, or at the door.

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