Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Award-winning humanitarian to speak at Douglas College

Dr. Samantha Nutt combines action and passion in her work.
She’s a medical doctor, humanitarian and author who’s been at the frontline of many of the world’s biggest crises – Darfur, Afghanistan, Iraq and more. She’s the founder/executive director of War Child in North America, a charitable organization that aims to improve access to education and justice, and to reduce poverty through increased employment opportunities, for people in war-torn communities.

She’s advocated for justice and peace across the globe, and now, on Jan. 25, Samantha Nutt comes to Douglas College to offer her unique take on the nature and brutality of modern conflict – and what we can do to stop it.

Nutt will appear at the New Westminster Campus as part of International Day, an annual event that celebrates and promotes cultural diversity, awareness and understanding. She will be signing copies of her book, Damned Nations: Green, Guns, Armies & Aid, afterwards.

John Fox, of the College’s Uganda Project, says Nutt’s talk will be an important addition to the event, now in its second year.

“There are a number of people who speak about international issues with passion, but Samantha combines passion with action,” John says. “Looking at the breadth of her involvement and commitment, it’s a great fit for underscoring the importance of global citizenship and international awareness for the Douglas College community.”

John says he hopes Nutt’s talk will help audience members become more aware of the idea of global citizenship and what it means to them.

“It’s about making it personal. Samantha Nutt has made it personal for herself. For the Douglas College community, I think if people are able to somehow position the issues from a personal perspective, then their understanding is greater.”

See Samantha Nutt Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7pm, at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New West Campus, 700 Royal Ave. Event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat at 604 527 5484.