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Franklin College will host the final convocation in its 2018-19 Convocation Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Branigin Room, Napolitan Student Center.  “Bending the Arc: How Two College Friends Have Eased Suffering Around the World,” will be a conversation between Dr. Paul Farmer and Todd McCormack, moderated by John Krull, director of the Pulliam School of Journalism at the college.

The convocation will focus on how a friendship formed in college helped make the world a better place.  It will explore how Farmer and McCormack became friends and how they decided they could work together to help people.

The convocation will be preceded by a 1 p.m. interview in the Branigin Room with Dr. Paul Farmer and Todd McCormack during a live broadcast of WFYI’s “No Limits,” hosted by John Krull.  The broadcast will focus on the history and work of Partners In Health.  The discussion will trace the reasons Farmer and McCormack founded the organization and what they hope it will accomplish.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Dr. Paul Farmer, physician and anthropologist, is chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, Kolokotrones University professor and chair of the department of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He also serves as U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent books are In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction and To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation.

Todd McCormack is a founding board member of Partners In Health and a senior corporate vice president at IMG Media, the largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming in the world. He previously served as CEO of TWI Interactive, an independently financed IMG company that managed IMG’s new media rights from 1999-2003. McCormack continues to spearhead IMG special projects and supports the company’s digital media business and also works independently with digital media businesses as an angel investor and adviser. He is a member of CommonAngels, a group that invests in innovative information technology companies, and an adviser to Livestream.

Franklin College tradition includes hosting an annual Convocation Lecture Series that promotes the ideals of the institution. The college upholds a common set of values that enhances the community and sustains personal, spiritual and professional growth for a lifetime. The college values people of integrity, a commitment to inclusivity, a culture of intellectual curiosity, the drive for innovation and creativity and the spirit of community.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

Franklin College is a liberal arts and sciences college in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, about 20 miles from downtown Indianapolis. Our small class size allows students to thrive through personal interactions and individual mentorship. In addition, our liberal arts and sciences curriculum offers transformative opportunities that translate into empowered perspectives and real-world jobs. Our professors, faculty-advocates, challenge students to stretch beyond easy answers and become leaders in their fields. At the end of the day, we are self-motivated lifelong learners who relentlessly pursue the best in ourselves and in our community. For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu. Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.

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