College of Liberal Arts

Renowned Medical Anthropologist to Discuss Social Medicine and Global Health

Monday Apr 22, 2013 | Various locations on campus

Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., medical anthropologist and physician, will give a talk on social medicine, global health and healthcare as a human right at a public event hosted by the Humanities Institute on April 22 at The University of Texas at Austin.

Farmer, who is the Humanities Institute's sixth C. L. and Henriette Cline Centennial Visiting Professorship in the Humanities, will meet-and-greet with students at 4 p.m. in the Texas Union Quadrangle Room. He will then give a free public lecture titled “Haiti After the Earthquake: Healthcare as a Human Right” at 7:30 p.m. in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center Grand Ballroom.

Farmer’s efforts toward providing 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, Farmer chairs the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

His 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. Farmer is also the subject of Tracy Kidder’s 2003 bestseller, “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World.”

Bio Information: Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D. is Kolokotrones University Professor 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 in Boston, and co-founder of Partners In Health. He also serves as UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. He has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality.

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