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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) together with the Brazil Initiative at LACS feature presenters from diverse disciplines. LACS organizes and sponsors more than 50 public lectures, workshops, performances, and conferences over the course of the academic year. 

In addition to our yearly programming, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) and the Brazil Initiative at LACS are happy to consider funding requests to co-sponsor lectures, events, performances,  and activities that coincide with the center's mission to promote a broad and deep understanding of the region. Request to co-sponsor an event »

Global Health Community Special Event

The Life and Legacy of Dr. Paul Farmer: In conversation with U-M colleagues who knew him well
Thursday, October 27, 2022
6:00-8:00 PM
2250 School of Nursing Map
Physician. Advocate. Humanitarian. Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, was these things and more. Join friends from across the institution for a special event examining Dr. Farmer’s life, legacy, and impact on health disparities around the world.

Led by U-M colleagues who knew, worked with and learned from Dr. Farmer, our discussion will be interspersed with clips of the documentary Bending the Arc, which details the history of Partners in Health from its founding in Haiti through its later work in Peru and Rwanda. Panelists will discuss how they came to know Dr. Farmer, lessons learned from him, and his outsized influence on the work in their fields.


John Ayanian, MD, MPP (
Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy
Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
College classmate, medical school contemporary and lifelong friend of Dr. Farmer

Michele Heisler, MD, MPP (
Professor of Internal Medicine Health Behavior and Health Education Medical
Director, Physicians for Human Rights
Former Student and mentee of Dr. Farmer

V Koski-Karrell, MPH
MD/PhD Anthropology Candidate, U-M Medical School
Former Partners in Health Research Assistant and mentee of Dr. Farmer

School of Nursing Clinical Instructor Megan Eagle, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC, ( will moderate.

About Dr. Farmer:

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, was Kolokotrones university professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health, where he pioneered community-based treatment strategies that demonstrated the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.

About Bending the Arc:

Released in 2017, the full-length documentary ( tells the story Dr. Farmer and his Partners in Health co-founders, Yong Kim and Ophelia Dahl, and the groundbreaking global health movement they established. The film is available to stream via Netflix ( and is also available to U-M community members to stream on demand via the University of Michigan library (requires U-M authentication):


This event will be hosted in person at the U-M School of Nursing Building 2 (426 NIB), Room 2250 with virtual access to live streaming. Please register below and indicate if you will join us in-person or virtually.


Questions? Contact: Global Health Film Series Organizing Committee

Sponsored by:
U-M School of Nursing, U-M School of Public Health, U-M Center for Global Health Equity, U-M Taubman Health Sciences Library

Co-sponsored by:
U-M African Studies Center
U-M Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center
U-M International Institute
Partners in Health Engage at the University of Michigan
Building: School of Nursing
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Anthropology, Global Health, Health Disparities, Humanities, International, Medicine, Nursing, Pre-Health, Public Health, Social Impact, Social Justice, Social Sciences, Sociology, Women's Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from U-M School of Nursing (UMSN) - Office of Global Affairs & WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center, School of Public Health, University Library, International Institute, School of Nursing, African Studies Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Global Health Equity, Partners in Health Engage at the University of Michigan