Adam Braun will speak with clusters of students throughout the day and conclude his visit with an evening freshman address at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center Arena. His talk is free and open to the public.
Ten9Eight - Shoot for the Moon In America, a kid drops out of high school every 9 seconds. Imagine if they didn’t. Ten9Eight tells the stories of several inner city teens facing challenging circumstances. Oct. 9, 4-5:30 p.m., Walsh Amphitheater
Not My Life Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, into a world where millions of children are exploited every day through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex trafficking and child soldiering. Oct. 28, 11:30–12:30 p.m., Walsh Amphitheater
To Educate a Girl In 2000, 110 million children in the world were not in school—two thirds of them were girls. Nov. 5, 7-8:15, Walsh Amphitheater
Baraka Cited by Adam Braun as a transformative educational experience in "The Promise of a Pencil," the film Baraka was originally shot in 25 countries on six continents. Baraka brought together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke calls "a guided mediation on humanity." Nov. 12, 7-8:15 p.m., The Loft (3rd Floor, QCA)
St. Bonaventure has chosen the nonfiction book “The Promise of a Pencil” by social entrepreneur Adam Braun as the 2014-15 All Bonaventure Reads selection and plans to welcome the author to campus this fall.
Released in March, “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change,” chronicles Braun’s journey to find his calling. Each chapter describes “one clear step that every person can take to turn your biggest ambitions into reality.”
Even at the age of 16, Braun was working summers at hedge funds with career sights set on Wall Street. But while traveling as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets in India. When he asked the child what he would want if he could have anything in the world, his answer was simple: a pencil. That answer changed Braun’s life.
Even as he returned to the U.S. to complete his bachelor’s degree at Brown University, then headed to a top management-consulting firm, Braun didn’t stop questioning why he had access to quality education in a safe environment while millions of children around the world lived without basic needs.
Three years later, in 2008, Braun left his job in high finance and founded Pencils of Promise, a not-for-profit that builds schools, offers scholarships and trains teachers in developing countries.
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