Sept. 22, 2006
Kidder will discuss 'Mountains Beyond Mountains' Oct. 3 at Clark
Worcester, Mass. - The Clark University President's Lecture Series will present Pulitzer Prize-wining author Tracy Kidder, who will discuss his book "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World," at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 3, in the Daniels Theater, Atwood Hall, Downing St.
"Mountains Beyond Mountains" was the suggested summer reading for the incoming Class of 2010, in keeping with Clark's theme for the 2006-07 academic year: Global Health and Social Justice. Kidder's book links closely with this theme, focusing on Farmer's career as a charismatic Harvard-based physician who founded Partners in Health (PIH) to fight tuberculosis in Haiti. Today, the organization is committed to bringing the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need in the world's poorest and sickest communities.
About the book, author James Carroll writes: "A fine writer and his extraordinary subject: Tracy Kidder, in giving us Paul Farmer, lifts up an image of hope–and challenge–that the world urgently needs. Simply put, this is an important book."
Kidder is also well known as the author of "The Soul of a New Machine," "House," "Old Friends," and others. His latest book "My Detachment: a Memoir," is an account of his experience as an intelligence officer in Vietnam. His many awards include the National Book Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.
The President's Lecture Series, founded by Clark University President John Bassett, incorporates the idea of public affairs workshops on topics related to the environment, urban affairs, international issues, and governmental and economic problems. The series features distinguished speakers and symposia on matters of urgent and regional concern.
This lecture, co-sponsored by the Dean of the College office, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Marketing and Communications at 508-793-7441.