Global health leader Paul Farmer to speak at UI Aug. 24

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee will kick off its fall semester lecture series Wednesday, Aug. 24, with a talk by Paul Farmer, a worldwide leader in global health and social justice issues.

The Fourth Annual Cassandra S. Foens, M.D., Lecture, presented in partnership with the Carver College of Medicine Office of Global Programs, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). In his speech, titled “Haiti: An Unnatural Disaster,” Farmer will speak about his decades of work in Haiti, giving an analysis of the country before, during, and after the 2010 earthquake.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and UI students presenting student identification will receive priority seating at the event.

Farmer, a medical anthropologist and physician, is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international nonprofit 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. Farmer is the 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; and the United Nations deputy special envoy for Haiti, under Special Envoy Bill Clinton.

Farmer and his colleagues in the United States 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.

Visit for more information on the Lecture Committee’s 2011–12 schedule.

For more than 30 years, the UI Lecture Committee has brought some of the world’s great thinkers to the UI campus. Speakers have included an impressive roster of national and international figures in science, politics, business, human rights, law, and the arts. The series is funded through student fees with additional private support.

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