Paul Farmer, one of the giants of our day, will speak at the Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, DC, Tuesday, May 7 at 7 PM in conjunction with the upcoming publication of his book, To Repair the World.
If you want to join Ellen and me, we have two free tickets for his talk. Let me know by email, Samesty84@gmail.com or leave a note in the Comment section below. First two people to contact, get the tickets.
(If you miss these tickets, go to the Sixth & I website to get your own. Tickets range from $12-$45. Student prices are $12, single tickets are $25, or you can get a copy of To Repair the World and one ticket for $35, or the book and two tickets for $45.)
According to the the University of California Press, publisher of the book:
“Here, for the first time, is a collection of short speeches by the charismatic doctor and social activist Paul Farmer. One of the most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice, Farmer encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges of our times. Engaging, often humorous, and always inspiring, these speeches bring to light the brilliance and force of Farmer’s vision in a single, accessible volume.
“A must-read for graduates, students, and everyone seeking to help bend the arc of history toward justice, To Repair the World:
“• Challenges readers to counter failures of imagination that keep billions of people without access to health care, safe drinking water, decent schools, and other basic human rights;
“• Champions the power of partnership against global poverty, climate change, and other pressing problems today;
“• Overturns common assumptions about health disparities around the globe by considering the large-scale social forces that determine who gets sick and who has access to health care;
“• Discusses how hope, solidarity, faith, and hardbitten analysis have animated Farmer’s service to the poor in Haiti, Peru, Rwanda, Russia, and elsewhere;
“• Leaves the reader with an uplifting vision: that with creativity, passion, teamwork, and determination, the next generations can make the world a safer and more humane place.”
As you no doubt know if you are reading this post, Paul Farmer came to prominence when he was the subject of Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains. Dr. Farmer is known for his efforts to bring good health care to people in the third world and is the co-founder of the organization Partners in Health.
If you want to see more information about Dr. Farmer, go to the Paul Farmer Wikipedia page for a summary of the many things he has done and continues to do.