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Humanitarian Dr. Paul Farmer to Receive President’s Medal Tonight

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, co-founding director of Partners in Health, will speak at Canisius College on TONIGHT at 7 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Farmer’s lecture, entitled “To Repair the World,” is free and open to the public. The event is presented by The William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Political Science Lecture Series.

Before Dr. Farmer’s talk, President John J. Hurley will present him with the Canisius College President’s Medal.  The medal is bestowed only periodically to those who have distinguished themselves in public life through service to God and community.  Since 1955, the medal has been bestowed only 44 times. Dr. Farmer will be the 45th recipient.

Farmer, a medical anthropologist and physician, has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. He is a founding director of Partners in Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization started in 1987 that provides direct-care services, advocacy and research activities for those who are sick or living in poverty. Started as a one-building clinic in the village of Cange, PIH’s project in Haiti has grown to a multi-service health complex that includes a primary school, an infirmary, a surgery wing, a training program for health outreach workers, a 104-bed hospital, a women’s clinic and a pediatric care facility. Over the past 20 years, PIH has expanded operations to 12 sites throughout Haiti and 12 additional countries. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and worldwide have pioneered community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor areas.

He has written extensively on health, human rights and the consequences of social inequality. Farmer’s most recent book is To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation. Additional titles include Haiti after the Earthquake, Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader; Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor; The Uses of Haiti, Infections and Inequalities; The Modern Plagues; and AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame. Tracy Kidder’s book Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, chronicles the development of Farmer’s work in Haiti and beyond.

Farmer holds a medical degree and doctorate degree from Harvard University where he is Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as chair of the division of Global Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and as the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary- General on Community-Based Lessons from Haiti.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

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Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

It’s Season Ticket Time

The opening of the hockey and basketball seasons are on the horizon and that means it’s time to purchase your season tickets.

The hockey team is coming off its first-ever NCAA appearance and they finished the year ranked 19th in the country. Goalie Tony Capobianco and one of the nation’s top scorers, Kyle Gibbons, participated in NHL camps this past summer.

Men’s basketball has just been picked to finish third in the MAAC. Behind the stellar play of Billy Baron, the Griffs won 20 games and advanced three rounds into post-season play last March.

Big things are also expected from Terry Zeh’s women’s basketball team with Jamie Ruttle and Jen Morabito returning for their senior years.

Call the ticket office at 888-2885 and ask Todd Hummel for special faculty-staff pricing. For more information, visit

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director – external affairs, athletics

A Trauma Focused Approach to Helping Children, Adolescents and Families

The Canisius College Department of Counseling & Human Services is delighted to have Lisa Murawski, LMHC, CCMHC, NCC present: A Trauma Focused Approach to Helping Children, Adolescents, and Families.

Register today for the exciting and reasonably priced all-day counseling workshop that will be held on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Lunch is included.

There are two ways to register for the September 28 workshop:

1) Registrants can follow the link provided for information on the presenter, workshop, and to register electronically; by clicking here


2) Registrants can download and print a hard copy of the registration of the attached document by clicking here. This form can be mailed to Canisius College with cash or check.

Registration forms can also be picked up outside of the Canisius College Counseling Department Office (CT-802). Please save the date and consider helping us spread the word regarding this excellent opportunity!

Please note that the registration deadline is September 21st, 2013. For further information, please feel free to contact Rosemary Evans, administrative associate in Counseling and Human Services at (716) 888-3298, Dr. Holly Fetter at, or Katie Kieliszek at

Submitted by: counseling and human services