Conversation with Global Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Paul Farmer

The annual St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs will be held virtually on February 23-26, 2021.

Opening Event

The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is honored to announce we will be kicking off this year’s conference with a virtual conversation between Dr. Paul Farmer, preeminent global infectious disease physician and medical anthropologist, and fellow medical anthropologist and WAC Board Member, Dr. Linda Whiteford at 9:00 am EST February 23rd, 2021.

Dr. Farmer, long recognized for his innovative and ground-breaking work in preventing and caring for infectious diseases such as Ebola, cholera, Multiple Drug Resistant (MDR) TB, will address what lessons we can apply to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Our opening session will lead to a stream of topics to be covered over the four-day conference including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, culture, international relations, and humanity.

Paul Edward Farmer is an American medical anthropologist and physician. Farmer holds an MD and PhD 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 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. He is professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Farmer is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Bronislaw Malinowski Award and the Margaret Mead Award from the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his Partners In Health 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 Medal. In 2020, he was awarded the million-dollar Berggruen Prize.

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