Dr. Paul Farmer receives an honorary degree at Sewanee

Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, was in Sewanee last week to visit with classes and to receive an honorary degree at our Easter convocation. Farmer is currently the Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University, formerly the Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an attending physician and Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

During his visit to Sewanee, Dr. Farmer spoke to Deborah McGrath's Human Health and Environment class about the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as his work in Haiti. Sewanee has a long standing program in Haiti and Dr. McGrath, Dixon Myers, and Pradip Malde have led multiple student excursions to the country over the past decade. More information about Sewanee's work in Haiti can be found at the Sewanee-Haiti Institute website.