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Local doctor to talk about refugee medicine at Waldorf College on Nov. 18

Waldorf College
Waldorf College’s Amnesty International student group will host guest speaker Dr. Stephen Holmes on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Small Pit classroom.

A family practice physician with Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa, Dr. Holmes will speak about refugee medicine and large refugee camps in Zaire, Rwanda, and Iran in the 1990s. The focus of Dr. Holmes’s presentation is the humane care of persons in these difficult situations, as well as camp set-up to decrease morbidity and mortality.

“Our goal is to shed light on cases of human rights abuse and injustice throughout the world and here in the United States,” explained Dr. Suzanne Falck-Yi, Waldorf’s Amnesty International group advisor and professor of English. “We also aim to increase awareness about refugee issues, which is why we invited Dr. Holmes to speak.”

Amnesty International has been working to end abuses of human rights for more than 50 years. According to its website, the organization has more than 3 million supporters, activists, and members across the world. 

Dr. Holmes’s presentation is free and open to the public. Waldorf’s honor society Alpha Chi will also be collecting canned goods for the local food pantry at the event.

Learn more about Amnesty International’s work at See the Waldorf events calendar for a full listing of upcoming events.