Author of ‘Mountains Beyond Mountains’ to speak at Auburn University


AUBURN – Tracy Kidder, journalist and bestselling
author of “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a
Man Who Would Cure the World,” will present a lecture on Monday, April
2, at 7 p.m. in the Auburn Arena as a part of the Common Book program,
Auburn Connects! The event is free to the public.

The book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” tells the story of Dr. Paul
Farmer, anthropologist, physician and a founding director of Partners In
Health, an international nonprofit organization that provides direct
health care services and carries out research and advocacy activities
for some of the most poverty stricken areas of the world.

Kidder's account takes the reader from
Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia as Farmer changes minds and
practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real
nation is humanity.” At the heart of the book is an understanding of the
Haitian proverb, “Beyond mountains there are mountains” – as you solve
one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you continue to
solve that one too.

Tickets for students, faculty and staff with Auburn ID will be
available at the Auburn University Student Center's Foy Information Desk
beginning in February. Tickets for the community will be available at
the Auburn Chamber of Commerce.

The Common Book program is meant to engage students, faculty, staff
and the community in an academically driven experience. A number of
Auburn's freshman classes are integrating the book into coursework and
class discussions, including all Learning Community sections.

“Regular Common Book events are held on campus every Thursday
afternoon and many faculty have incorporated events and projects into
their classes,” said Paul Harris of the university Honors College and a
Common Book committee member. “Our goal is to create a Common Book
culture on campus, involving students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

“Mountains Beyond Mountains” was chosen based on a list of six goals:
to promote intellectual community on campus; to help students gain a
global perspective; to promote a culture of service; to emphasize
individual empowerment, responsibility and the need for hard work; to
help set the stage for intellectual engagement; and to be able to be
linked to several types of programming on campus during the academic

“We have had a great response by the Auburn faculty as contributors
to the program this year,” said Nancy McDaniel, co-chair of the Common
Book committee. “Faculty from many disciplines have created
presentations related to the themes of 'Mountains Beyond Mountains' and
presented weekly to students, faculty and the community on topics
ranging from health care, agriculture, sustainability and environmental
issues, women's issues, global service opportunities and learning about
Haiti through the arts to name a few.”

For more information about the Auburn Connects! Common Book program and additional details about Kidder's lecture, go to