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Upstander Speaker Series: Dr. Samantha Nutt

Upstander Speaker Series:

Dr. Samantha Nutt

Medical Doctor, Humanitarian, Founder of War Child

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Communities Foundation of Texas

In 1995, as a recent medical school graduate, Dr. Samantha Nutt volunteered with UNICEF in Baidoa, Somalia, alias the “City of Death.” War-related famine and disease ravaged Baidoa killing 300,000 people in the early 1990s. The streets were filled with the bodies of the dead, and the local orphanage lost ten to fifteen children a day to starvation.

Impassioned and emboldened by what she witnessed there, Dr. Nutt began to advocate for children’s and women’s rights in war zones around the world. In 1999, she founded the international humanitarian organization War Child (North America—Canada and US). The organization looks at the long-term challenges of war and helps children and their families survive the trauma of armed conflict and rebuild their lives. War Child also works to improve women’s and children’s access to education, justice, and opportunity while reducing poverty through skills training programs.

A leading authority on war, current affairs, and international policy as they relate to children, Dr. Nutt is a fearless and respected humanitarian. Her critically-acclaimed debut book, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid (2011), combines original research with personal stories that span her career of hands-on care for children and families in crisis regions. She is currently working on a second book.

Dr. Nutt holds an M.D. from McMaster University, is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. She was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011, named by the Globe and Mail as one of “Canada’s Top 40 under 40,” and chosen by Time Magazine as one of “Canada’s Five Leading Activists.”

Dr. Nutt’s passion for children’s and women’s rights and expertise on international aid are why we celebrate her as part of our 2017 Upstander Speaker Series.

Dr. Nutt will speak on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX 75225. Tickets available through Eventbrite. $10 General Admission. FREE for Members. Program begins at 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored By: The Elliott and Patty Garsek Charitable Fund and IMA | Waldman

Supported By: The Dallas Morning News

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