Nicholas Kristof To Speak Tonight on Transforming Lives

Photo: Nicholas Kristof.

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and author will speak tonight, Wednesday, April 15, at Belmont High School on the best-selling book co-written with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, “A Path Appears; Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities.”

The 7:30 p.m. speech has sold out. The event will be broadcast by the Belmont Media Center.

“A Path Appears” describes how ordinary people can make extraordinary differences in the lives of others both globally and locally. The issues addressed include; human sex trafficking, domestic violence, poverty, hunger and many others, all closer to home then we may think.

The book inspired members of the Belmont community to gather together and initiate a local campaign, A Path Appears in Belmont: A Campaign to Make A Difference which has received wide spread support across the community from both community non-profits, to public and private entities.  

The ultimate goal is to identify the top concerns and to bring people together to find ways we as a community can Make A Difference in the Lives of Others.

Current community supporters include:

  • Belmont Against Racism,
  • Belmont Chapter of Amnesty International,
  • Belmont Health Collaborative, 
  • Belmont Human Rights Commission,
  • Belmont Media Center,
  • Belmont Public Library,
  • Belmont Public Schools,
  • Belmont Religious Council,
  • Founding Member: First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist. 

A Path Appears; Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities provides a roadmap of sorts for how to navigate through all the different organizations and information in order to make the best choices for use of resources. It also highlights how giving not only benefits the receiver but also the giver. 

Several events were held to share ideas and concerns. There were community film screenings and discussions of the three PBS films based on the book.  Then for the first-time ever over 25 non-profits seeking volunteers all with links to Belmont were showcased, followed by a talk given by Rick Weissbourd, senior lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and co-director of the Making Caring Common Project, who spoke about “Raising Caring, Ethical, and Happy Children.”

Donors who have supported these series of events and made “A Path Appears in Belmont: A Campaign to Make A Difference “ possible are:

  • Lawndale Realty,
  • First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist,
  • Belmont Against Racisim,
  • Jackie and Tom Neel,
  • Carl Brauer and Nancy Sheifflin,
  • Anne Stuart and Paul Santos,
  • Electric Rushe,
  • Hamill Builders, and
  • Donna Perry