Public Health Activist Paul Farmer to Speak at Wellesley College April 4

For immediate release:
March 17, 2005
Mary Ann Hill

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Dr. Paul Farmer, a world-renowned infectious diseases specialist who has been called a public health Robin Hood, will deliver the Carolyn Wilson Lecture at Wellesley College Monday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. The lecture, "Global Health Equity and the Future of Public Health," is free and open to the public and will be held in Jewett Auditorium. [Farmer's lecture is available online, in both podcast and streaming format, via Wellesley's partnership with the WGBH Forum Network. Click here to access the lecture.]

Farmer is co-founder of Partners in Health, an international organization that brings the benefits of modern medical science to some of the most impoverished areas of the world. In Haiti, where he spends much of his time, Farmer implemented one of the first HIV/AIDS treatment programs in the developing world. Thanks to the efforts of a tuberculosis (TB) center in Haiti, founded by Farmer, the success rate for multidrug-resistant TB rivals that of hospitals in the United States. He expanded the treatment of multidrug-resistant TB to Peru and Russia, where he has achieved similar success.

Farmer’s work has been recognized with a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and the American Medical Association’s Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine and Public Health. He is the subject of Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, written by Tracy Kidder.

The most prestigious of Wellesley College's annual lectures, the Wilson Lecture was established through the bequest of journalist and writer Carolyn Wilson, a member of the Class of 1910. Writer Katherine Anne Porter gave the inaugural speech in 1962, and since then, noted lecturers have included Eudora Welty, Maya Angelou, Cornel West, Robert Coles, Toni Morrison, Lani Guinier, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Dr. Paul Farmer