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Imagining a More Just World: Partnering with the Poor
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011
Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and has undertaken research and advocacy activities, on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti, under Special Envoy Bill Clinton.

Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and in Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Malawi have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent book is Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader (2010). Other titles include Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (2003), The Uses of Haiti (2003), Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues (1999), and AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame (1992). Dr. Farmer is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Farmer’s lecture is the first in the annual President’s Distinguished Speaker Series, established in 2011 by President Pamela Brooks Gann.