Next week, the University of Notre Dame will host a public dialogue with Partners In Health founder Dr. Paul Farmer and Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, the founder of liberation theology. This is truly a unique opportunity that brings together a physician who has accomplished pathbreaking work in global health, and a theologian whose innovative work in theology led to the notion of the “preferential option for the poor” in Catholic Social Teaching. What is amazing to me is that these two prominent figures in such seemingly unrelated fields can inspire each other and come together to have a truly fruitful dialogue.
This interdisciplinary discussion simply does not happen often enough, and its benefits cannot be overstated. And I must give deep credit to Notre Dame for creating an environment in which such a dialogue can occur – certainly there are not many other places where such a discussion could happen.
For those on campus, the dialogue will take place on Monday, October 24 at 7:00 pm in 101 Debartolo Hall. For those away, live streaming will be available here, and video uploaded within a couple weeks of the event. Also, expect reactions on this blog sometime next week.