a. What is the significance of cultural media?
b. What do cultural magazines such as People tell us about society?
c. How might an anthropologist or historian five hundred years from now interpret People magazine?
Why do you think the author, Tracy Kidder, decided to make himself a character in Mountains Beyond Mountains?
Take stock of your assets (personal and financial). Paul Farmer took time in college to identify and determine how he would use his assets. What steps might you take to determine how to use your assets? What resources does SPC have to help you do that?
"The only real nation is humanity" according to Paul Farmer. Do you agree? Why or why not?
Compare and contrast the approach and effectiveness of a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the poor with that of Partners in Health.
The events in Mountains Beyond Mountains take place primarily in the 1990s, before the rise of social media (Facebook, Imgur, etc.). If Paul Farmer and his colleagues started Partners in Health today, what impact might social media have of the establishment and growth of the organization? On the direction of Partners in Health's work? Consider positive and negative implications.
Partners in Health works with many people and organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to achieve its goals. Consider the work of Bill Gates as the Founder and CEO of Microsoft, and as the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. From your perspective, in which role has he had the greatest impact on society? Why?
In Chapter 9 of Mountains Beyond Mountains, Farmer states that rich people should feel guilt toward the poor “because it could cause them to part with some of their money. And they ought to feel guilty besides” (p. 93). Do you agree that the rich should feel guilt toward the poor? Why or why not?