Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder speaks at Auburn University

By Carol Nelson, Office of Communications and Marketing

 

 

Tracy Kidder, journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World," presented a lecture on Monday, April 2, as part of the Common Book program, Auburn Connects.

The book, "Mountains Beyond Mountains," tells the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, anthropologist, physician and a founding director of Partners In Health, an international nonprofit organization that provides direct health care services and carries out research and advocacy activities for some of the most poverty stricken areas of the world.

Kidder's account takes the reader from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity." At the heart of the book is an understanding of the Haitian proverb, "Beyond mountains there are mountains" – as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you continue to solve that one too.

The Common Book program is meant to engage students, faculty, staff and the community in an academically driven experience.

"Mountains Beyond Mountains" was chosen based on a list of six goals: to promote intellectual community on campus; to help students gain a global perspective; to promote a culture of service; to emphasize individual empowerment, responsibility and the need for hard work; to help set the stage for intellectual engagement; and to be able to be linked to several types of programming on campus during the academic year.

For more information about the Auburn Connects Common Book program, go to www.auburn.edu/auburnconnects.

 

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