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    In Word and Deed: Public Service and the Press

    Presented by at Mary Baker Eddy Library

    April 20, 2010


    In Word and Deed: Public Service and the Press

    In this panel discussion, two enterprising women describe the public service ventures they founded and how the media has helped advance their respective missions. The Christian Science Monitor's international editor addresses his paper's role in effecting positive social change. As a result of a story she contributed to the Monitor in 2005, Xanthe Ackerman founded the nonprofit organization, Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa, or AGE. By writing about what it was like to live on $1 per day in rural Malawi, Ackerman channeled readers’ interest, money, and care into creating AGE, which now sponsors about twenty scholars, one of whom attended an elite American prep school. Corinne Almquist has been the subject of the Monitor series, “People Making a Difference,” which featured the Middlebury College graduate for her work resurrecting the ancient practice of gleaning as a means to provide for the hungry. Both of their stories reveal how the inspiration and actions of an individual can reshape our world, and how the press can play a pivotal role in this process. David Scott, international editor of the Monitor, will comment on how his news organization has interconnected with the Ackerman’s and Almquist’s projects and about the Monitor’s vision, as articulated by its former editor-in-chief, Richard Bergenheim, “to honor the decency and courage and selflessness that surround us.” This talk will complement the Mary Baker Eddy Library’s newest exhibit: “Mary Baker Eddy: A Life of Service.”

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    Boston, MA 02115

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    7:00 p.m.

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