2010-11 UAA/APU Books of the Year:
"Service in a Foreign Land"

Supplemental Materials

These materials were selected to help readers further explore
the books and their themes.

We will be updating these offerings throughout the year.
Please share suggestions for additional resources at booksoftheyear@uaa.alaska.edu.

Click here for supplemental materials for
  Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Click here for supplemental materials for
  This is Not Civilization: A Novel by Robert Rosenberg  


Mountains Beyond Mountains:
The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World

By Tracy Kidder

 Materials are organized in the following categories:
(click on categories to jump to materials)

- Publisher's Website -
 - Engaging Difficult Dialogues -
- Radio Features and Interviews -
- Video -
- Photography -
- Articles and Books -
- Relevant Websites -
- Haiti -

Publisher's Website

Click here to visit the Random House website. Resources include an excerpt from the book, an interview with author Tracy Kidder, discussion questions, and a teacher's guide.

Engaging Difficult Dialogues

Study Notes

Click here for a series of study notes for Mountains Beyond Mountains prepared by faculty at the University of Washington.

The notes cover several topics, as well as a glossary of terms:

- Identity
- Culture
- Citizenship
- Medical ethics
- Globalization
- Politics
- Economics
- HIV issues
- Service/activism

Additional Discussion Questions

Click here for discussion questions from Loyola University Chicago.

Questions are arranged thematically:

- The Land and Its People
- The Author and His Subject
- What Shaped Famer's Values and Worldview?
- Those Who Support Farmer
- The Struggle for Rich and Poor, Good and Evil
Radio Features and Interviews

National Public Radio  / This I Believe
Click here to hear Dr. Paul Farmer's belief that that Health is a Human Right.

Chicago Public Radio-PRI  / This American Life
Click here to listen to a This American Life episode titled "Island Time." Four stories are dedicated to understanding what is happening in Haiti: why aid money seems frozen and what is needed to make sure that once released, every Haitian, rich, poor, urban, or rural, will benefit.

National Public Radio / All Things Considered
Click here to listen to an NPR transcript of an interview with Tracy Kidder broadcast on All Things Considered, October 20, 2003. You can also listen to the interview online or listen to Tracy Kidder read an excerpt from the book.

National Public Radio / Fresh Air
Click here to listen to Terry Gross interviewing Dr. Paul Farmer on September 25, 2003.

Social Innovation Conversations
Click here for interview: "Host Tim Zak talks to Farmer about the challenges and rewards of providing healthcare to the poorest of the poor, and the evolving, innovative models for getting drugs to those who need them most." Interviewed April 21, 2006.
Half-hour program can be played from site or downloaded as an MP3.


Tracy Kidder and Dr. Paul Farmer
Click here to view the Cambridge Reads presentation of an event with Tracy Kidder and Dr. Paul Farmer. This full length program was recorded on October 20, 2006, at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA. It was was produced by Cambridge Community Television with volunteers Matt Mitchell and Courtney Eltinge. Running time 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Dr. Jim Yong Kim
Click here to view Dr. Jim Yong Kim's lecture on "The Future of Global Health" at Boston University in December 2007.

The Age of Aids: Frontline
Click here to learn about this two part PBS series looking at the medical & political history of AIDS and examining current global AIDS challenges. You can watch the entire series on the site. Additional resources include articles, links, maps, a timeline, stories of people with AIDS, and interviews with activists, policymakers, public health officials, and researchers.

CBS 60 Minutes
Click here to view "Dr. Famer's Remedy for World Health: Bryon Pitts Meets the Man who Dedicates His Life to Bringing Healthcare to the Poor." A transcript of the segment is also included.


- Click here to view a New York Times photo gallery of the earthquake, as well as many supporting articles.

- Click here to view a collection of photos of Farmer and his clinic from the St. Petersburg Times.

- Click here to view a collection of photos from health projects in Boston, Haiti, Peru, Russia, and Rwanda.

- Click here to view a photoblog that includes photographs of the Peligre Dam (Centre II collection).

Articles and Books

Structural Violence and Clinical Medicine by Paul Farmer, Bruce Nizeye, Sara Stulac, and Salmaan Keshavjee
An October 2006 article published in the Public Library of Science: Medicine.

If We Fail to Act by Paul Famer, M.D
2006 Article in Notre Dame Magazine.

Relevant Websites
click on the headings to visit the sites

Partners in Health
"Partners In Health (PIH) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a presence in Latin America, the Caribbean, Russia, and the United States. We coordinate innovative programs to combat AIDS and women's health problems in rural Haiti and urban Massachusetts, groundbreaking tuberculosis treatment projects in the prisons of Siberia and the shantytowns of Lima, and health policy initiatives on a global scale." In addition to information on PIH efforts, the site offers essays on public health, human rights, Haitian, and Latin American issues.

RX for Survival: A Global Health Challenge
This global health media education project includes a PBS television series, an interactive global health atlas, information on diseases, profiles of global health champions (Farmer and others), first person accounts of health care workers around the globe, teacher's guides, etc. Some short video clips available from the site.


Click on each topic to learn more

The Haitian Revolution of 1791-1803

World History Archives—History of Haiti

Map of Triangular Trade Routes

Impact of Haitian Revolution on Forging America

Country Profile

Click here to view a 23 page PDF Document profiling Haiti. Prepared by researchers at the Library of Congress (May 2006).

Country Study

Click here to view a site offering full text chapters from a 1989 book by the U.S. government which is an "attempt to treat in a compact and objective manner the dominant contemporary social, political, economic, and military aspects of ... Haiti." Includes chapters on the social structure, health, history, and economy.


This is Not Civilization: A Novel
by Robert Rosenberg

Publisher's Website

Click here to visit the Houghton Mifflin website. Resources include discussion questions, an author interview, and a Reading Group Feast with recipes.


Click here to read watch a PBS Frontline documentary on the tradition of kidnapping brides in Kyrgyzstan.