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To Repair the World: Dr. Farmer Speaks to the next Generation

When: Monday, April 15th, 2019  

Who:  Dr. Paul Farmer 

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm  

Where: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center,  Zlotnik Ballroom (on University Avenue between MLK & 21st St.) 

How to get to the ballroom: The Zlotnik Ballroom at the AT&T Center is on B4 level. Easiest route is to take the conference center elevator to M1 level and then follow all signs to the Zlotnick Ballroom or if the elevator you are in has B4 Zlotnik Ballroom choose that and it will take you directly there. Also watch for the Orange Jackets, they will have directional signs and maps if needed. Map.


Please note: This lecture is open to everyone. There is no required RSVP, but you can let us know you will be coming by registering

The biennial Joe Thorne Gilbert Lecture Series brings outstanding, community-focused individuals in the field of medicine to discuss great ideas and vital issues current in the health professions. This distinguished event honors the legacy of Dr. Gilbert, a physician whose kindness and expertise healed many people in the Austin community. This year The Health Professions Office presents Dr. Paul Farmer - Global Humanitarian. 

Dr. Farmer represents the legacy of Dr. Joe Thorne Gilbert and is exactly what we hope our pre-health professions students at UT Austin strive to represent. We guarantee he’ll inspire you in this lecture and you’ll remember why you’re working as hard as you are to ace your upcoming exam.

Dr. Farmer's Bio:

Dr. Farmer Dr. Paul Farmer, a leading voice on global health equity and social justice, reveals how to   harness creativity, passion, teamwork, and determination to make the world a better place.

 Dr. Farmer stimulates you to imagine a more secure and humane world, where health care,   safe drinking water, and other basic human rights are the norm. With convincing examples,   the   founder of Partners in Health lays out a compelling vision for how anyone has the power  to make significant change in our world, with innovation, passion, and teamwork. He outlines his philosophies in multiple best-selling books, including his most recent, Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction

Dr. Farmer’s assertive presence on stage conveys a palpable optimism that leaves listeners uplifted and prepared to confront difficult issues. With insightful perspective and inspiring success stories, Dr. Farmer rouses you to join him on his campaign to develop the innovative solutions for a better tomorrow.


The Human Element: Melinda Gates & Paul Farmer on Designing Global Health 

Bending the Arc Article & Documentary 

Parking:  Visitor parking fees at the nearby parking garages & self parking fees at AT&T Conference Center apply: The nearest major UT parking garage is the Rowling Hall garage on  300 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (entrance is off of 20th Street), from here park on level B5 and then take elevator to B4. 

Bus Stops: There are many nearby bus stops:
- 21st/Whitis
- Guadalupe/21st
- 2231 Guadalupe/West Mall UT
- Speedway/21st
- 1801 Congress/18th
- 311 Martin Luther King/ San Jacinto

The lecture series, created to honor Dr. Gilbert, brings outstanding individuals in the field of medicine to discuss great ideas and vital issues current in the health professions.

Previous Joe Thorne Gilbert Lecture Series Speakers:

  • Charles Fraser, M.D.
  • Ben Carson, M.D.
  • Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.
  • Mark W. Kline, M.D.
  • Dot Richardson, M.D.
  • Atul Gawande, M.D.
  • Laurance B. McCullough, M.D.
  • Patch Adams, M.D.
  • Denton Cooley
  • Oliver Sacks
  • James “Red” Duke
  • C. Everett Koop
  • Abraham Verghese
  • Nancy Dickey
  • James O'Connell, M.D. 

Joe Thorne Gilbert


Dr. Joe Thorne Gilbert was born August 7, 1905 in Austin.  Dr. Gilbert received his B.A. from the University of Texas and earned his M.D. from The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1929. Soon after the United States entered World War II, Joe Thorne volunteered his services as a surgeon to the Army Medical Corps.

Dr. Gilbert was deeply engaged with his home city of Austin, serving in a leadership capacity for several community organizations. In journal editorials and public speeches he urged his physician colleagues to engage in community and political service.

In an article he wrote in the International Surgical Digest he encouraged “The nurturing qualities that help fight disease: compassion, understanding and support.” The Joe Thorne Gilbert Lectureship is evidence that he lived these words. It represents donations from so many grateful patients and respectful colleagues who appreciated his quick and skillful hands, kindly bedside demeanor and wit.

Dr. Gilbert served his patients for 56 years from 1929 until Parkinson’s disease forced his retirement in 1985. As illness withered his body and finally immobilized him, Joe never complained of his condition, and his humanity and fine sense of humor remained part of him until his death in 1989.