Rediscovering the Lost Tradition of Letter Writing – Reginald Dwayne Betts: Letters As Lifelines

Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
From 5pm to 5:10pm Eastern Time

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Contact: AARP New York

As many of us age, our social circles and support networks diminish. During a pandemic, this is even more true. Many have turned to the virtual space to connect-- but we at AARP turned to Writers & Books to see what some of today’s prominent writers had to say about the lost tradition of letter writing and its capacity to keep us connected.

Before the internet gave us so many ways to communicate instantly, people sat down to compose and send off a message that often took several days to be delivered.  Significant care was taken about what was important to convey and what details would convey it. Rediscovering the Lost Tradition of Letter Writing is a five-part series that explores the ways that, throughout our lives and throughout history, letters have helped us understand our ancestry -- the families, cultures, conditions and events that shape us.  This series of short videos offers a look at what we might gain by reanimating that lost tradition.

If you missed the first presentation by award-winning and inspiring American poet Reginald Dwayne Betts, please tune in for a rebroadcast on Tuesday, March 2 at 5:00 PM that will conclude the series.

Register for your reminder and join us to discover how letters can help us all stay better connected, learn more about our own lives and share ourselves in a meaningful way during times of social isolation. 

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