International Festival / Dr. Paul Farmer
Culture, customs, costumes and cuisine were all on display at the recent USF International Festival. Come along as University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to an event that showed off the ethnic diversity that helps make up USF.
Medical anthropologist, Doctor Paul Farmer, has been praised for his humanitarian work while also raising controversy for his views on topics like the recovery efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Farmer was a recipient of an honorary degree at USF’s recent commencement ceremony, and afterwards, he talked to a class of USF graduate students for almost two hours. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 takes you to that meeting and introduces you to the always outspoken Farmer.
Maria Crummett, the Associate Vice President for Global Affairs at USF World, says it’s important that student groups are the ones that organize and run the USF International Festival.
Stacy Koshko, the Assistant Director of the USF Office of Multicultural Affairs, says international travel benefits American students. She also talks about a “buddy program” her office is putting together that matches U-S students with foreign ones.
Dr. Paul Farmer, the Chair of Harvard Medical School’s Dept. of Global Health & Social Medicine, explains why he thinks healthcare is a basic human right.
Dr. Paul Farmer talks about how a trip to Haiti between college and medical school put him on this path.
USF Anthropology Professor Linda Whiteford, who nominated Paul Farmer for the honorary USF degree, talks about her history with Farmer and what the graduate students got out of sitting down to talk to him for two hours.
USF International Festival website
Dr. Paul Farmer
Dr. Paul Farmer, Chair, Dept. of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School / Founding dir., Partners in Health
Partners in Health website
Website for Mirebalais Hospital, currently under construction in Haiti
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