SOURCE: Town Hall Los Angeles

October 16, 2008 14:03 ET

Dr. James Orbinski Discusses Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 16, 2008) - James Orbinski, MD, Past International President, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and Author of "An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action for the 21st Century," will address TOWN HALL Los Angeles as part of its author series on Tuesday, October 28 at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. Orbinski will be in conversation with KCET's Val Zavala.

In this free-to-the-public event, Angelenos will hear Dr. Orbinski's firsthand testimony from the front lines in Peru, Somalia, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Zaire, and view clips of the award-winning documentary, "Triage."

Describing "An Imperfect Offering" in his own words, Dr. Orbinski says it is "a series of stories in which I ask, again and again, how to be in relation to the suffering of others." And in asking people to assume responsibility as humanitarians and citizens he states, "I have come to see humanitarianism as a challenge to political choices that too often kill or allow others to be killed."

In 1999, Orbinski accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for MSF. He served as its president from 1998-2001. Prior to joining MSF, Orbinski was a medical researcher in Rwanda in the late 1980s and served MSF as head of mission during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. In 2004, Orbinski founded Dignitas International.

TOWN HALL regularly welcomes speakers discussing humanitarian issues, among them Larry Cox, CEO of Amnesty International, Gabriel Meyer, Author of "War and Faith in Sudan," and Lisa Laumann of Save the Children.

One of the Top 10 Regional Executive Leadership Forums in the nation, TOWN HALL Los Angeles has been a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization supported by Angelenos, foundations and corporations who believe in open public discussion since 1937. Our mission is to provide a forum for ideas -- a place for conversation and community. We advocate for no side, represent no particular ideology and stand solidly in support of free speech, civility and a belief that knowledge is a priceless commodity. To learn more about TOWN HALL Los Angeles' events and membership opportunities visit

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When:           Tuesday, October 28, 2008
                7:30 PM Program with Audience Q&A

Where:          Fine Arts Theatre
                8556 Wilshire Boulevard
                Beverly Hills, CA  90211

FREE to the Public: Call 213.628.8141 or visit

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