Humanitarian Doctor to Discuss Experiences in War Zones

Humanitarian Doctor to Discuss Experiences in War Zones

A globally prominent medical doctor will visit the University of Central Florida on Tuesday, Oct. 25, to discuss her work providing humanitarian assistance on the frontlines of the world’s most violent hotspots.

Dr. Samantha Nutt, author of “Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid,” will speak from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Organized by the UCF Global Perspectives Office in partnership with Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jay Garner, the forum is part of an annual focus, “Women and Leadership: A Global Perspective,” as well as this year’s main university programming theme of “People Power, Politics and Global Change.”

Nutt is a co-founder and executive director of War Child Canada, a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian assistance and long-term rehabilitative support for children so they can overcome the trauma of war and rebuild their lives. Her work, which provided the background for her book, has taken her to some of the most dangerous places on Earth, including Iraq, Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia.

Nutt was recently named one of Canada’s “25 Transformational Canadians” by The Globe and Mail, and the World Economic Forum recognized her as one of today’s “200 Young Global Leaders.” In 2011, she was appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the highest civilian honors in Canada. She also serves as a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.

In addition to the Global Perspectives Office and Gen. Garner, sponsors and partners of this forum include the UCF Student Government Association, Lawrence J. Chastang and the Chastang Foundation, the UCF Diplomacy Program, The Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellowship Program, the UCF Global Peace and Security Studies Program, UCF LIFE, the UCF Political Science Department, the UCF Women’s Research Center, the UCF Women’s Studies Program, the UCF International Services Center, the UCF Book Festival 2012 in  association with the Morgridge International Reading Center, and the Global Connections Foundation.