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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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.
The Quick Center for the Arts will host an exhibition to complement the 2014-15 All Bonaventure Reads selection. This interactive exhibition in the Mezzanine Gallery will explore the book and address cross-cultural connections and how a freshman at St. Bonaventure can get involved. The exhibition runs through late October.
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