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Lang Presents Global Education Entrepreneur John Wood

On Monday, November 1, at 6:00 p.m, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts will present a lecture by social entrepreneur John Wood, founder of the global educational nonprofit Room to Read.

Inspired by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s seminal investment in the American education system in the early 1900s, Wood left his post at Microsoft in 1998 and founded Room to Read with the goal of helping children across the world break the cycle of poverty through the power of education. In 10 years, Room to Read has opened 1,000 schools, provided 10,000 long-term scholarships to girls and opened over 10,000 bi-lingual and multi-lingual libraries, serving over 4 million children in multiple developing nations in Africa and Southeast Asia.

Wood will speak about the organization’s successes, lessons learned, and why literacy is such a promising target for social entrepreneurship. After the talk, Wood will sign copies of his bestselling book Leaving Microsoft to Change the World.

The lecture will be held in the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, and is free. This event is part of the Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Education Studies. For more information, please visit the New School Events Calendar.

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