Farmer to speak on science and future of human rights


"Pathologies of Power: Science, Technology and the Future of Human Rights," this year's annual Arthur Miller Lecture on Science and Ethics, will be delivered by Dr. Paul E. Farmer on Monday, May 8 at 4pm in Bartos Theater (Building E15). The lecture is sponsored by the Program in Science, Technology, and Society.

Dr. Farmer, an infectious disease physician and anthropologist, is a world authority on tuberculosis treatment and control. He is co-director of the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, where he heads the International Working Group on Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis. He has also written on AIDS and social inequity. In 1993, he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in recognition of his work.

The lecture honors the memory of Dr. Arthur Miller (SB 1945), who was noted for his work in electronic measurement and instrumentation. During World War II, he was loaned out by the Sanborn Co. (later incorporated into Hewlett-Packard) to MIT's Radiation Lab, where he worked for several years. His medical contributions included methods to reduce shock hazards in hospital monitoring systems.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call Debbie Meinbresse at x3-4062.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 3, 2000.


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