A giant in global service comes to Iowa

August 23, 2011 —

Paul FarmerHe’s a global humanitarian, medical anthropologist and physician who has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. On Thursday, Aug. 25, Paul Farmer, M.D., will share his experiences and perspectives at a talk beginning at 7 p.m. in Iowa State University’s Stephens Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Farmer is a founding director of Partners in Health, an international nonprofit organization whose medical services, research and advocacy activities have shown that high-quality health care can be delivered in resource-poor settings. He has written extensively on health, human rights and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent book is Haiti after the Earthquake. Farmer is chair of the global health and social medicine department at Harvard Medical School, chief of the division of global health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the United Nations deputy special envoy for Haiti. He also is the subject of the book Mountains Beyond Mountains by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder.


Endlessly curious and easily entertained, Barb Dietrich Boose loves being a member of the friendly, fascinating DMU community and its creative communications team. The University's publications director and DMU Magazine editor, Barb is always on the hunt for story ideas, good books and new recipes to try out on her family, such as her surprisingly tasty pork-and-bean bars.

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