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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Richard Heinzl April 8
BY: KATHLEEN TUCK
The Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series at Boise State University presents Richard Heinzl at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom.
The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and free parking is available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage.
Heinzl, the Canadian physician who founded the first North American chapter of Doctors Without Borders, will deliver a lecture titled “Creating Opportunity in a World Without Borders.”
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian medical relief organization has inspired a commitment among medical professionals to help the world’s most vulnerable populations. Heinzl will share stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the midst of war and other challenges.
Heinzl founded the Canadian chapter in 1988 when he was just out of medical school. Shortly thereafter he became its first field volunteer, spending an extraordinary year in remote Cambodia. These experiences are captured in his memoir, “Cambodia Calling: A Memoir from the Frontlines of Humanitarian Aid.”
Hundreds of volunteers have since followed in his footsteps, bringing their healing skills to help many of the world’s most vulnerable people. For his work, Heinzl has been named one of Report on Business’s Top 40 Under 40. He also was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, McMaster University.
The Distinguished Lecture Series features speakers who have had major impacts in politics, the arts, science, business or other realms of contemporary significance. Former speakers in the series include environmental architect William McDonough, National Book Award winner Jonathan Kozol, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, Nobel Laureate in economics Joseph Stiglitz, biologist E.O. Wilson and Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former president of Poland Lech Walesa, among others.