This month's Bosworth Lecture: Reading to become wiser and more civically engaged

Posted 10/4/19

How reading makes the reader a better person will be the topic at the Bosworth Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct 10 at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Free Library. The event is free and open to the public. …

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This month's Bosworth Lecture: Reading to become wiser and more civically engaged

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How reading makes the reader a better person will be the topic at the Bosworth Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct 10 at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Free Library. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

     Writer and retired teacher Donna DeLeo Bruno will speak on the art of reading and how it can transform the reader to become wiser, more socially enlightened and civically engaged.

      "I've loved books and relished reading as far back as I can remember," Mrs Bruno said recently. These days she shares this enjoyment by speaking at libraries, book clubs and women's groups and writing essays and book reviews.

She will speak about three primary reasons she says people read. First, to be entertained or informed, then to learn how to read more critically and to recognize bias, and thirdly to gain encouragement to be a better person, more active and not simply a passive or complacent reader.

Mrs. Bruno notes the example of Doris Kearns Goodwin's recent book Leadership in Turbulent Times and its reported goal "to purvey moral instruction and even practical guidance to aspiring leaders through the stories of four exceptional American presidents."

Mrs. Bruno is a retired teacher of writing and literature with 35 years at Barrington High School. She earned a BA from Rhode Island College and a Master's equivalency from studies at the University of Rhode Island, Providence College, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina College.

She has published five books, including What No Child Should See, accepted by the United States Holocaust Museum. She has written book reviews for East Bay newspapers, as well as The John Knox Village Gazette, Pompano Beach, Florida.

Her work has also been published in The Providence Journal, Sun-Sentinel (FL), and Goose River Anthology (ME). She has been inducted into The National League of American Pen Women that includes authors Edith Wharton, Helen Keller, Erma Bombeck, Eleanor Roosevelt and Barbara Bush.

A resident of Bristol with her husband Frank Bruno, she is an active grandmother of two and spends winters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

  The Roswell S. Bosworth Jr. Lecture Series is presented by the Men's Club, a local organization that pays tribute to its founding member, former editor and publisher of the East Bay Newspapers, with lectures of interest to the public. To open the series each September, the speaker addresses First Amendment freedom of the press topics that Mr Bosworth held dear.

Upcoming Bosworth Lectures:
Nov. 14 - Richard Dujardin, former Providence Journal religion editor on Faith Under Fire
Jan. 9 - Jeremy Chiappetta, exec director/founder Blackstone Valley Prep, on charter schools

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