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Paul Farmer at the University of Washington, February 2018

February 9, 2018

Paul Farmer, Chief Strategist and Co-founder, Partners in Health, and Professor and Chair of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School visited the UW for a series of events on February 7 and 8, 2018. Events were sponsored by the African Studies Program and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. He is a founding director of Partners in Health, an international non-profit that provides direct health care and conducts research and advocacy on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Farmer is Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at Harvard University and is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Farmer holds an MD and a PhD from Harvard University. He is the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. His books include In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction, and To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation.

Farmer is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the American Medical Association’s Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his Partners in Health 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 & Sciences.

Paul Farmer and audience members after his Lecture on “The Caregivers’ Disease – The History and Political Economy of Ebola in West Africa” (Katz  Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities), Wednesday February 7, 2018 in Kane Hall 225.




Colloquium on “Critical Perspectives on Global Health Partnerships in Africa” with Paul Farmer and Iruka Okeke, MRC/DFID African Research Leader, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Thursday, February 8, 2018 in HUB Room 214. From left to right, African Studies Chair, Professor Ben Gardner, guest speakers Paul Farmer, Iruka Okeke and Professor Nora Kenworthy.

Read Department of Global Health news about Paul Farmer’s visit here.