Humanities Institute

2012 - 2013 Cline Visiting Professor

Cline Centennial Visiting Professor: Dr. Paul Farmer

The Humanities Institute of The University of Texas at Austin welcomed Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, as its sixth C. L. and Henriette Cline Centennial Visiting Professor in the Humanities. On April 22, 2013, Dr. Farmer participated in several public and University-specific events on the topics of social medicine, global health, and healthcare as a human right.

Dr. Farmer is a medical anthropologist and physician whose efforts to provide access to optimal healthcare to underserved communities have led to the improvement of life across the globe.  A co-founder of the global health advocacy group, Partners In Health, Dr. Farmer also chairs the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Farmer’s work focuses on community-based treatment strategies for infectious diseases in resource-poor settings.  His research highlights the role of social inequalities in determining disease distribution and outcomes.  He served as the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti from 2009 to 2012.  The author of numerous books and articles, his 2006 book, Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor was awarded the distinguished J. I. Staley Prize for the outstanding book in anthropology.  Dr. Farmer is also the subject of Tracy Kidder’s 2003 best-seller Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World.

Dr. Farmer participated in a discussion with students, met with a group of UT faculty and area medical and social professionals, and delivered a lecture, "Haiti After the Earthquake: Healthcare as a Human Right."

To learn more about Dr. Paul Farmer's work please visit his faculty page at Harvard University and the Partners In Health website.

Paul Farmer, 2013 Cline Visiting Professor

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