Doctor to discuss caring for patients in Darfur

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LEWISTON – Stephen Sokol will kick off the second portion of the Great Falls Forum’s ninth season. He will speak on Thursday, Jan. 18.

It is no longer necessary to register for the forum. It is now a brown-bag-lunch event. Water and desserts will be offered for a small charge.

Dr. Sokol’s talk is titled “Darfur: There and Back Again.”

As a physician, he oversees the medical care in several clinics and hospitals in the Darfur region. He works for the International Rescue Committee, a leading provider of humanitarian aid in Sudan. Sokol’s volunteer work for the International Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres has taken him around the world to Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Macedonia, during the Kosovo war, Stavropol, Russia, where he trained Chechen doctors, and Sierra Leone. He previously practiced at Central Maine Medical Center and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

Sokol will talk about his humanitarian work. A question and answer period will follow. The forum gets under way at 11:45 a.m. and usually runs to 1 p.m.

The Great Falls Forum Planning Committee will hold its annual meeting in May to discuss potential speakers for the 2007-08 season. Anyone with speaker ideas or subjects for the 10th season next year is encouraged to contact Mari Maxwell, reader representative at the Sun Journal at 689-2857 or via e-mail at mmaxwell@sunjournal.com, or Rick Speer at the Lewiston Public Library, at 784-0135 ext: 208 or via e-mail at rspeer@ci.lewiston.me.us.

The February speaker will be Dana Hutchins, who will talk about high tech marine science for middle school students. The remaining speakers schedule is:

• Tess Gerritsen, March 15, 2007.

• Mike Brady, April 19, 2007.

• Joan Macri, May 17, 2007.

The forum is sponsored by Sun Journal, Lewiston Public Library, Bates College and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

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