Featuring Paul Farmer, MD, PhD
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Salem State Series Information
Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world's poorest people. He is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.
Dr. Farmer holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he is the Kolokotrones University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; he is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Additionally, Dr. Farmer serves as the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.
Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Bronislaw Malinowski Award and the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, from which he was awarded the 2018 Public Welfare Meal.
David Walton, MD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Build Health International
Executive Chairman and Co-founder, Build Health International
The concept of the 2018 Series came from honorary degree recipient and Salem State supporter, Bill Cummings ‘13H. Mr. Cummings, along with his wife Joyce ‘13H, were instrumental in launching Salem State University’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) in 2014. Their generous gift helps CHGS empower students, teachers, and the community to combat inequity, ethnic hatred and mass violence—themes that are central to Dr. Farmer’s work.
The Cummings’ gift also supports annual service trips to Rwanda where SSU students interact with students at Agabozo-Shalom Youth Village, bear witness to the horrors of the 1994 genocide, and visit the University of Global Health Equity. The university is the product of a collaboration between Dr. Farmer’s Rwanda team, the Cummings, and other donors who seek to develop generations of healthcare professionals in Africa.
CHGS is committed to continuing this vital work. This 37th anniversary of the Salem State Series provides, therefore, a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders interested in global health and inspire Salem State students to take on an active role as global citizens.
Premium - $60 per ticket:
- Premium seats are assigned floor seats in the front sections
- Ticket purchasers will also be entered for a chance to win a VIP dinner and photo opportunity
Reserved - $40 per ticket:
- Reserved seats are assigned floor seats in the back sections
General Admission Seates - $25 per ticket:
- Left and right sides of the floor
- First come, first served
SALEM STATE STUDENTS GENERAL ADMISSION SEATS-$10 per ticket:
- Available on the left and right sides; first come, first served
- Limited to the first 200 Salem State Students
- Limit one ticket per student (valid Salem State University ID must be presented at the door)
ACCESSIBLE SEATING: Available in all three seating levels
- General Admission Bleachers
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To learn more about Series sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
2018 Series Sponsors (as of Sept. 10, 2018)
Bobby Valentine and Peter Gammons
Ted Kennedy Jr.
Dr. Deepak Chopra
Bob and Lee Woodruff
George F. Will
Cal Ripken Jr.
President George H.W. Bush and Natalie Jacobson
Robert Redford and Joyce Kulhawik
Jack and Suzy Welch and Anne Driscoll ’76
Christopher Reeve and Dr. Robin Cook
Dr. Christiane Northrup
Jamling Norgay and Peter Hillary
Dr. Jane Goodall
Mia Hamm and Dale Arnold
The Motley Fool
Bill Russell and Mike Lynch
President William Jefferson Clinton
Sebastian Junger and Linda Greenlaw
Walter Cronkite and Natalie Jacobson
Mary Matalin and James Carville
Colin L. Powell
Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu
Mary Higgins Clark
President George H.W. Bush
C. Everett Koop
Thomas “Tip” O’Neill
Reverend Jesse Jackson
President Jimmy Carter
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Howard K. Smith
President Gerald Ford
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