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Clarion University–Venango Campus will host the first of two satellite seminar presentations on Monday, October 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert W. Rhoades Center Auditorium.  The program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Richard Heinzl, founder of the Canadian division of the Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médicins Sans Frontiéres Canada (MSF), will present “Lessons from Abroad: Opportunities in a Borderless World.” Author of Cambodia Calling, the story of his year-long medical volunteer work in a remote area of Cambodia, Dr. Heinzl has been named one of the “Hundred People Who Make a Difference in Canada.” 

His travels and work have taken him to over 75 countries, including Cambodia, Iraq and Mozambique where he was an MSF volunteer.

Sharing poignant stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, Dr. Heinzl brings home to audiences an inside and often unexpected view from the world’s conflict zones and provides insightful perspectives from his experiences during the Iraq War, South Africa’s first Democratic elections, and quieter moving moments such as seeing the simple joy a Frisbee can bring to a child at the front lines in a war-torn country.

Heinzl studied medicine at McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton, Canada, a program renowned for its innovative approach to medical education. He later completed a master of public health degree at Harvard and a master of science degree at Oxford.

Based in Oakville, Ontario, Heinzl’s current focus is eHealth. He was recently named CEO of CardioView Inc., a technology company that utilizes the Internet to advance research and image communication in the field of cardiology and was the founder and CEO of, a web-based medical consultation service. He is the holder of numerous awards and honors including the “Top 40 Under 40” Award and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, McMaster University. He is a frequent speaker at national and international events.

The Satellite Seminar Series, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, are DVD presentations of previously broadcast live seminars.  Discussions following the presentations will be facilitated by Clarion faculty members or a member of the local community.

The second presentation will be offered on Monday, November 17, featuring Dr. Raquel Pinderhughes, professor of urban studies at San Francisco State University, who will present “Pathways Out of Poverty through Green Collar Jobs: The Role of Scholarship in Improving Quality of Life for Urban Residents.”

For more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 814-676-6591, extension 1269.

10/13/2008 3:43 PM

Clarion University–Venango Campus to Host Satellite Presentation