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Ruth Colvin Recaps Her Literacy Journeys Around the World
Posted by Lara Pimentel on June 22, 2017 in categoryStories from the Field
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Adult Literacy Around the World

Recently, the ProLiteracy Book Club read Off the Beaten Path, by Ruth Colvin. As the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America and co-founder of ProLiteracy, Ruth wrote this book to share the stories of her travels and her literacy work in nine countries. In the book, she talks about working and traveling in difficult conditions, often in countries with political or religious divides; yet Ruth worked to share her literacy trainings with people of any religion, gender, color, and beliefs. 

On June 20, Ruth sat down with her friend Gregg Tripoli, executive director of the Onondaga Historical Association and Off the Beaten Path reviewer, to discuss the book at ProLiteracy. The interview captured Ruth’s ever-lasting enthusiasm (she turned 100 in December!) for literacy and meeting new people, while she shared how her travels influenced her literacy work and life. 

The interview and the video from the event are part of ProLiteracy’s yearlong celebration of Ruth’s legacy in the literacy field. Our next planned event with Ruth is a luncheon to honor her at the ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy  in Minneapolis on September 28, sponsored by Dollar General. Learn more about Ruth’s legacy. 


A book club discussion with Ruth Colvin on her book, Off the Beaten Path









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