President of Doctors Without Borders is final speaker of URI Honors Colloquium, Dec. 10

KINGSTON, R.I. – Nov. 29, 2012 – Unni Karunakara, international president of Doctors Without Borders, is the last speaker of the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium, which examines the politics and money influencing health care around the world.

His lecture will conclude the semester-long series, called “Health Care Change? Health, Politics and Money.” It will be held Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on the URI Kingston campus. It is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Dr. Karunakara will discuss how Doctors Without Borders addresses the gap in access to health care that affects people in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

Karunakara received a medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in India and degrees in public health from Yale and Johns Hopkins universities. He first worked with Doctors Without Borders in 1995, setting up a tuberculosis control program in Ethiopia, and later he became medical coordinator for the group’s activities in Azerbaijan. He held similar posts in Brazil and The Congo, and in 2007 he was part of the medical emergency response team treating victims of a cyclone in Bangladesh. Since 2008, he has also served as deputy director of health for the Millennium Villages Project at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

The lecture will be streamed live at For additional information about the URI Honors Colloquium, contact Deborah Gardiner at or 401-874-2381.

Those unable to attend the lecture can watch it live online URI Live!

The major sponsor of the Honors Colloquium is the URI Honors Program, with sustaining sponsors including the URI Office of the President, Office of the Provost, the Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment, and the Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment. Leadership sponsors include the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, the college of Pharmacy, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Multicultural Center, and the Department of Communications and Marketing. Also sponsoring the Honors Colloquium are Cox Communications, the College of Business Administration, Department of Publications and Creative Services, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Human Science and Services, Division of Administration and Finance, Division of Student Life, and Department of Communication Studies of the Harrington School of Communication & Media.

This press release was written by Danielle Sanda, an intern in URI’s Department of Marketing and Communications and a public relations major.