Ethics in journalism

Sep 21, 2004

Don’t bother asking me what I think about Dan Rather’s rather unfortunate saga over at CBS News; I’m busy rereading Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains, that wonderful profile of Dr. Paul Farmer. Kidder’s book is gripping, thought-provoking, sensitive and ethical—the perfect antidote to the convulsions wracking the world of American journalism these days.

Farmer’s life, and Kidder’s writing, inspire me. They are changing the world.

I caught my breath this morning when I read that Farmer and Kidder will appear together in Durham and Chapel Hill next week. It’s not everday I get the chance to see a hero and a saint together on the same stage.

Here are the details (from the Partners in Health site)

A Conversation with Dr. Paul Farmer and Tracy Kidder
September 29, 2004, 8:00 PM, Page Auditorium, Duke University Campus, Durham, NC. Please contact Ryan Lombardi at for more information.

Mountains Beyond Mountains: An Event with authors Tracy Kidder and Dr. Paul Farmer
September 30, 2004
Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, NC
$15 minimum donation. Make checks to Partners In Health and mail (with a SASE) c/o Susan Gladin, PO Box 985, Hillsborough, NC 27278. We expect this to be a sold-out event. Those who contribute a minimum of $200 to Partners In Health ($300/couple) are invited to a pre-event gala reception with Mr. Kidder and Dr. Farmer. Email for more information.

Anton Zuiker

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