Samford University will observe Earth Day Thursday (APRIL 24) with special events and a talk by physician Linnea J. Smith, founder and medical director of Yanamono Medical Clinic in the remote Amazon basin of northeastern Peru.
Dr. Smith will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Planetarium, located in the Sciencenter, about her adventures as an American doctor in the Amazon. The public is invited. In 1990, Smith gave up her Wisconsin medical practice to provide medical services to the indigenous people of the remote Peruvian Amazon who had no access to medical care. Since that time, Rotary Club members from Minnesota, Ontario, Canada, and Iquitos, Peru, have built a clinic, from which she treats about 2,500 people a year, most arriving by dugout canoe or foot. Other Earth Day events include two films, "Polluting the Fountain of Youth," at 3:30 p.m. in the Planetarium; and "Ashakara," at 5 p .m. in Brooks Hall auditorium. Throughout the day, student art and environmentally related material will be displayed in Samford library and along the main campus walkways.