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Mike  Farrell

Mike Farrell

Actor & Human Rights Activist

Biography

Even before becoming known as B.J. Hunnicutt on the iconic TV series M*A*S*H and Dr. Jim Hansen on NBC’s Providence, Mike Farrell believed responsible citizenship meant being involved in helping our country live up to its potential as a beacon of hope for the world. Read More >

Fundamental issues like respect for human rights and concern for the environment move him. Working with Human Rights Watch and CONCERN/America, an international aid and development organization, have taken him across our country and around the world, bringing support and comfort to the dispossessed or exploring human rights emergencies.

Currently preforming “Dr. Keeling’s Curve,” a one-man show about climate change, he is also actively involved with a host of issues, working for peace, human rights, prison reform and ending capital punishment with the ACLU, the UN, the American Indian Movement and the United Farm Workers. He is now Co-chair Emeritus of Human Rights Watch in California and is President of Death Penalty Focus.

His informed and passionate presentations shine a light on such often neglected topics as militarism, arms control, illiteracy, children’s rights, veterans' rights, the death penalty, prison reform, ex-offender rehabilitation and animal welfare. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Finding Purpose in Life

Dr. Keeling's Curve (Preview)

Speech Topics

Dr. Keeling's Curve (One Man Show)

Noted actor and activist Mike Farrell plays Dr. David Keeling, the scientist whose research on CO2 gave the world its first early warnings of global warming. In this highly acclaimed performance, Farrell brings to life the quirky and brilliant man who created the Keeling Curve, the iconic chart that illustrates the rise in atmospherice CO2 levels from 1958 to the present.

The story combines Keeling's personal journey with the insights of atmospheric scientists who, hundreds of years earlier, made discoveries that laid the foundations for Keeling's own extraordinary work. We meet Jean Joseph Baptiste Fourier whose obsession with heat led to an understanding of the greenhouse effect, and Svante Arrhenius who proved a link between global warming and CO2. The play paints very human portraits of these and other great scientists.

Becoming Informed, Getting Involved, Making a Difference

The Social Consequences of the Death Penalty

Human Rights

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