International volunteer Mary Lightfine to speak at Auburn University Sept. 15

AUBURN – Mary Lightfine is a registered nurse and international volunteer who has responded to war and disaster in over a dozen of the world’s most dangerous hot-spots, including Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Rwanda, Liberia, Kenya and Uganda.

Lightfine will speak about her experiences Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 2222 of the Auburn Student Center. Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts, this event will include lunch and is free and open to the public.

Lightfine is a veteran of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Doctors Without Borders and founder and president of the non-profit charity Volunteers Without Boundaries. She has chronicled some of her more harrowing encounters in the book “Nurses, Nomads and Warlords.”

Over the course of almost a dozen years of international work, she has been ambushed and shot at in Somalia, has delivered babies in the jungles of Sri Lanka and traveled by jeep, foot and donkey in the mountains of Afghanistan to help its isolated inhabitants. She brought food to remote villages by helicopter in Nicaragua and Louisiana after the hurricanes, and to starving refugees in South Sudan following the destruction of their villages by civil war.

Ruth Crocker, professor of history and director of the Women’s Studies Program says that Lightfine’s visit to Auburn inaugurates Women’s Studies programming around the themes suggested by the book “Three Cups of Tea,” which is part of this fall’s Auburn Connects! Common Book Program.

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Contact: Ruth Crocker, (334) 844-6647 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (