Dr. Paul Farmer Lecture
Paul Farmer, physician, anthropologist, Harvard University professor and chief strategist, and co-founder of Partners In Health will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Montana State University Strand Union Building Ballrooms.
Lecture tickets are $8 for students and $15 for the public and go on sale at 10 a.m. on Nov. 15 at all local TicketsWest outlets. A limited number of VIP reserved tickets are also available for $60 for seating in the front and include a post-lecture reception with Farmer. Tickets available here.
Farmer is the subject of the bestselling book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder. Farmer’s Partners In Health is an organization that has pioneered new considerations of human rights, health standards and socioeconomic inequalities throughout the world. Operating originally in Haiti, PIH has quickly spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Russia, Peru, Mexico, Lesotho, Rwanda, Malawi, and the United States and now has more than 18,000 employees.
Carmen McSpadden, the director of the MSU Leadership Institute, which is bringing Farmer to MSU, said that Partners In Health’s “life-saving work paints a picture of the tangible ways in which Farmer has helped create a safer, healthier world.”
“We are thrilled that President Waded Cruzado has chosen Dr. Farmer to receive the Presidential Medal for Global and Visionary Leadership,” McSpadden added.
This award is reserved to honor individuals of extraordinary vision and accomplishment whose contributions to the betterment of society and the human condition are both exceptional and broad-reaching. As a world-renowned academic and anthropologist, Farmer’s research into cultural development and medical care has contributed dramatically to understanding the intricate challenges of meeting various needs of people all over the world.
“Dr. Farmer has dedicated his life to treating the most vulnerable people and it is an honor and privilege to welcome him to Montana State University with this prestigious award,” Cruzado said. Past recipients of the award include Maya Angelou, E.O. Wilson. Jane Goodall and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with live music featuring local artists until the start of the lecture. There is free parking in all MSU SB, E or F lots after 6 p.m.
Farmer’s lecture will be held in conjunction with MSU’s 125th anniversary celebration and the MSU Leadership Institute’s 20th anniversary celebrations. The Leadership Institute continues to fulfill its mission of inspiring MSU students to become leaders and serve as catalysts for positive change through hosting world-class speakers and leadership workshops. Notable past speakers include Sir Ken Robinson, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Maya Angelou, and Condoleezza Rice, among many others.
Farmer’s appearance is sponsored by the generous support of the Office of the President, Office of Provost, ASMSU, Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply, College of Letters and Science, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Liberal Studies Program, The Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success, Division of Student Success, WWAMI, College of Nursing, Honors College and Bridgercare.
Leadership Institute Celebrates 20th Anniversary
For the past 20 years, the MSU Leadership Institute has proudly supported leadership development for MSU students. The Leadership Institute’s mission is ‘to inspire MSU students to become leaders who serve as catalysts for positive change.’ The Leadership Institute has been honoring that mission through facilitating leadership trainings, workshops, film series, special events and hosting world-renowned speakers.
Established in 1997 by the Associated Students of Montana State University to support leadership development for students, the MSU Leadership Institute aims to work on a system-wide basis to provide, coordinate, plan and organize leadership advancement opportunities. Past events include the Khumbu Climbing Center fundraiser, where the Leadership Institute raised $48,000 in an evening, the MSU Leadership Summit, an overnight leadership retreat and lectures from Sir Ken Robinson, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Salman Rushdie, Maya Angelou and Condoleezza Rice.
Come join the MSU Leadership Institute this year as we celebrate the past 20 years of leadership excellence and plan the next 20 years.
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Maya Angelou with the Leadership Institute.
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The Leadership Institute will lead Montana forward by generating further student involvement through increased leadership connections, trainings, film series, dynamic lunch discussions, and quality keynote speakers. Students will be constantly challenged to think deeper about their current leadership roles and their future impact. By leveraging powerful ideas into action, the Leadership Institute provides an environment for growing student leadership innovations.
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