Keynote Speaker - Mark Bergel

Presenter Name(s)

Mark Bergel, A Wider Circle


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Start Date

10-8-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

10-8-2018 10:00 AM

Short bio of the presenter(s)

The story of Dr. Mark Bergel’s founding of A Wider Circle is, in part, a story of building bridges between campus and community. In 2001, Dr. Bergel, then teaching at American University, volunteered along with his students to deliver food to families living in need in our nation’s capital region. He found himself in apartment after apartment where there were no beds, no dressers, and no living room or dining room furniture at all. He saw that the families living in these apartments had no access to the information, resources, and support readily available to others throughout our communities. As a result, Dr. Bergel’s entire life changed profoundly. With no seed money, but a strong conviction that we could do better for those living in poverty, he converted his living room into a nonprofit office and founded A Wider Circle.

That bridge - from campus to community – remains intact. Members of the AU Community routinely volunteer and intern with A Wider Circle, and the values of community-based learning are reflected in a Wider Circle’s mission: to end poverty by inspiring, fostering, and measuring individual and community level change.

As librarians gather for the 2018 Colloquium on Libraries and Service Learning, Dr. Bergel’s keynote will serve as an inspirational call, reminding us that we have a role to play in connecting our campus communities with the broader communities where we live and work.

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Aug 10th, 9:00 AM Aug 10th, 10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker - Mark Bergel

More information will be available soon.