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Loyola University Chicago

Sadia Ashraf
Central Asia Institute

New York Times Best-selling Author and Well Known Humanitarian
Visits Loyola University Chicago
Greg Mortenson to Discuss His Life and Humanitarian Experience in Central Asia

CHICAGO, February 5, 2008 – Montana humanitarian and New York Times best-selling Three Cups of Tea author, Greg Mortenson, will speak at Loyola University Chicago on Thursday, February 14, at 4 p.m., in the Crown Center Auditorium, on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

Since his 1993 climb on Pakistan’s K2 Mountain, Mortenson has dedicated his life to establishing schools and promoting literacy, especially for girls, in the remote communities of the Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountains of Central Asia. He is founder and executive director of Central Asia Institute (CAI), a non-for-profit organization that has provided education for over 25,000 children, including 14,000 girls, in remote mountain regions where children, especially females, previously had few educational opportunities.

Mortenson is also the author of the New York Times best-seller, Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time, which has been a best-seller for 50 weeks since its release, and is presently ranked at number two on the list (non-fiction paperback). The book has received Time Magazine’s Asia Book of the Year and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book of the Year. It has received the Dayton literary peace prize, the 2007 Kiriyama Prize in the non-fiction category, and the Banff Mountain festival non-fiction runner up.

Three Cups of Tea chronicles Mortenson’s effort to promote literacy and education, especially for girls, in remote, often volatile, regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The book’s title refers to the measured progression of becoming a trusted partner with people in under-developed areas. With the first cup of tea, you are a stranger, with the second, you are an honored guest, and with the third, you are family.

“I’m honored to come to Loyola University Chicago to speak with students who reside in a dynamic period of global history,” says Mortenson. “There are many stereotypes and misperceptions about Islam and the good people of Pakistan and Afghanistan, who aspire to the same values, goals, and hopes as Americans, and it’s important that their voice be heard if we are to ever live in a world of peace.”

Mortenson’s work is conducted through his Montana-based non-profit, Central Asia Institute, (www.ikat.org), and his children’s organization, Pennies for Peace, (www.penniesforpeace.org).

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be a first come, first seated basis. In addition to the event, a book signing will follow. For an interview or more questions for Mr. Mortenson, please contact Sadia Ashraf, outreach coordinator for the CAI, at the above listed information. This event is co-sponsored by Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Theology, Islamic World Studies, Asian Studies, and University Ministry.

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