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Presidential Lecture and Performance Series: Bending the Arc

April 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Premiere Screening in WNC of critically acclaimed documentary, Bending the Arc: A story of the friendship that changed the world of global health care: Paul Farmer and Partners in Health. A reception will immediately follow in Moore Auditorium Lobby.

Bending the Arc, a film that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is a feature-length documentary from filmmakers Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos following Partners In Health from 1980’s Haiti to 2014 West Africa. The film follows a team of young people—Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl—whose charitable medical work 30 years ago ignited a global health movement, leading to the creation of Partners In Health, which supports 12 clinics and a world-class teaching hospital that’s training Haiti’s next generation of health care providers. Partners In Health has grown to 10 countries and collaborates closely with their governments to continue what we began in Haiti—revitalizing clinics, building hospitals, and making house calls where no one else will go.

Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings in the U.S. and other countries. He is known for his highly effective approaches to health and human rights that address social inequalities in the distribution and outcome of infectious diseases, and about global health.

Dr. Farmer’s sister, Peggy Farmer, will introduce the film and discuss her experiences with her brother and his work in Haiti and Rwanda. MHU’s  Director of Community Engagement, Deb Myers will discuss the connections with the Center for Community Engagement’s work in Haiti.

Dr. Peggy Farmer is an internationally known speaker, wellness consultant and facilitator with a passion for self empowerment and total well-being. She is the youngest of six children. Her unique childhood was spent living on a bus and later a boat. The humble, sometimes adverse conditions of living in close quarters with eight family members taught her valuable life skills such as resiliency, compassion, tenacity, conflict resolution, and most of all, a sense of humor!

Peggy spent six months in rural Haiti doing field work on protein malnutrition with her brother, Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health (PIH). PIH deepened her passion for ameliorating the suffering of others.

“…an invitation for all of us who have some power, and who can bring out voices to influence power, to reject the mindset that health care is simply too hard or too expensive or too complicated.” – Ben Affleck, executive producer


This event is sponsored by the MHU president’s office, Hester Center for Peace and Justice, and Healthy State.



Center for Community Engagement


Moore Auditorium
79 Cascade St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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