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Cambridge, MA. – Harvard University Professor Paul Farmer will deliver the 2011 graduation address at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He will speak to graduates on the afternoon of May 25.
Farmer is an acclaimed anthropologist and physician who serves as Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is one of the founders of Partners in Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. For ten years Farmer served as medical director of a charity hospital, L’Hôpital Bon Sauveur, in Haiti, and now serves as U.N. Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti under Special Envoy Bill Clinton.
Farmer’s work focuses on community-based treatment strategies for infectious diseases in resource-poor settings, health and human rights, and the role of social inequalities in determining disease distribution and outcomes. He has written extensively about health and human rights, and about the role of social inequalities in the distribution and outcome of infectious diseases. His most recent book is “Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader.”
“Paul Farmer has been a leader in tackling the immense challenges surrounding global health. His optimistic spirit and ongoing commitment to public service is to be commended and celebrated,” said HKS Dean David T. Ellwood. “We look forward to hearing his message to the members of the Harvard Kennedy School’s graduating Class of 2011.”
Tickets are required for this event. Journalists interested in covering the address should contact the Kennedy School Communications Office at (617) 495-1115.