UND’s Next ‘Great Conversation’ Is Wednesday With James Orbinski Of Doctors Without Borders

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the UND Honors Program is hosting a Great Conversation with James Orbinski Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.  In 1999 Dr. Orbinski accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) for its pioneering approach to medical humanitarianism, and most especially for its approach to witnessing.

He is a globally recognized humanitarian advocate, and one of the world’s leading scholars in global health. His work in the areas of access to medicines and health care, medical humanitarianism in war and social crisis, and global health policy will make for a fascinating discussion.  The event is also sponsored by the Provost and VPAA’s Office, Student Government, and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Last week, in conjunction with the Great Conversation event, the Global Visions Film Series showed “Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma.” This 2008 documentary follows Dr. Orbinski on his return trip to Rwanda as he reflects on his experiences there during the genocide, as well as his work in Somalia and the Congo.

On Nov. 2, the public will have an opportunity to learn more about MSF from “Living in Emergency,” a 2008 documentary which follows four volunteers struggling to provide emergency medical care in the war zones of Liberia and the Congo.  The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The suggested admission price is a $1 donation.