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Doctors Without Borders Speaker to Visit Doane February 19

Dr. Richard Heinzl, the founder of the first North American chapter of Doctors Without Borders, will visit Doane at 7p.m. on Feb. 19 in Heckman Auditorium of the School of Arts and Sciences in Crete.

The event is part of the Hansen Speakers Assembly.

The Doctors Without Borders program, which was first established in France in 1971, is “based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people in crisis regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.”

Doctors Without Borders currently provides assistance in more than 60 countries around the globe. The program received a Nobel Peace Prize for its humanitarian efforts in 1999.

Heinzl opened the North American chapter of Doctors Without Borders in New York City in 1990, and the Canadian location one year later.

Sophomore Tiffany Towne, a member of the Hansen Leadership Program, said she hoped Heinzl’s speech would inspire students to think outside of the box.

“I’m wondering how his talk will inspire students to go outside of the box, especially if they go into the medical field. Heinzl thinks outside of the box,” Towne said.

She said Heinzl’s speech would give an opportunity to reach out to students that other speakers may not reach out to.

“It speaks a lot to our campus’s heart,” Towne said. “We can reach out to the medical and science fields.”

Heinzl’s presentation is known for inspiring audiences to fulfill their dreams and give back to the community.

The event is free and open to the public.