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New Boise State speaker series to show what it means to live inspired — and inspiring — lives

Paul Farmer
Paul Farmer, a global humanitarian, medical anthropologist and physician, will speak at the inaugural Carl and Jean Grosz Health Sciences Lecture series on Feb. 23

Paul Farmer, a humanitarian, medical anthropologist and physician whose work in Haiti became the basis for the 2017 documentary Bending the Arc, will be the first speaker for the Carl and Jean Grosz Health Sciences Lecture series on Feb. 23. The series is free and open to the public with an RSVP.

Carl and Jean Grosz established the lecture series to bring distinguished speakers to campus to inspire health sciences students to learn and grow from the experience of others. Carl was a much-admired Idaho physician who died in July 2021. He retired from a long and successful career in surgery that was bookended by success in the U.S. Air Force and as a commercial dory fisherman.

Carl worked with Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center. His wife of 58 years, Georgina “Jean” Grosz, understood the value of the quality education and training provided by Boise State’s College of Health Sciences.

The lecture series produced through the college is part of the family’s legacy of giving and supporting students and the community; the couple established the endowment in the hope that the college could provide the window that talented and thoughtful contributors to medicine can open for students far into the future. Along with students from the college, the lectures will be open to Boise State faculty and staff members.

More about Carl Grosz

Grosz was born in 1931 in Casper, WY, and attended the University of Colorado’s medical school. During his time in the Air Force, he commanded a medical unit in Korea before returning to the U.S. to complete a surgical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At various points in his career, he taught surgery and served as a faculty member and chief of surgery at University Hospital in New York. His career in medicine continued in Idaho before a subsequent chapter as a commercial dory fisherman based out of Newport, OR.

More about the speaker

Farmer received his medical degree from Harvard University, and currently serves as chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also holds a doctorate in philosophy from Harvard and is the Kolokotrones University Professor. He is a co-founder of Partners in Health and the author of multiple best-selling books, spending much of his life drawing attention to the needs for global health equity and social justice.

The lives of both Grosz and Farmer have been driven by passion, community service and creativity in improving conditions for those around them. Most importantly, through their examples and now through the lecture series, both illustrate how others can carve a path of meaning and usefulness in their lives and careers.

Reserve your seat now

Farmer will launch the Carl and Jean Grosz Health Sciences Lecture series at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Morrison Center with “To Repair the World: Dr. Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation.” Doors will open at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required for general seating.