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Best-Selling Author to Speak at Loyola and Headline Student Convocation
Greg Mortenson to Discuss Promoting Peace Through Education at Public Lecture
CHICAGO, July 14, 2009 – To commemorate its 40th anniversary, Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education will host Greg Mortenson, humanitarian and co-author of the #1 New York Times best-seller Three Cups of Tea, on Friday, August 21, for a public lecture. Mortenson will discuss “Promoting Peace Through Education at 7 p.m., in the Joseph J. Gentile Center, on the University’s Lake Shore Campus.
“This is a wonderful way to recognize our school’s 40th anniversary celebration, and we are honored that Greg Mortenson has accepted our invitation,” said David Prasse, PhD, dean of the School of Education. “His message of promoting peace through education aligns with our mission to make the world a better place through education and our commitment to social justice. I know the entire community will enjoy his lecture.”
Greg Mortenson is a humanitarian, international peacemaker, former mountaineer, and co-founder of the non-profits Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace. His co-authored #1 New York Times best-seller Three Cups of Tea has been a New York Times best-seller for more than 120 weeks, received the prestigious Kiriyama Peace Book Award, and was Time magazine’s 2006 Asia Book of The Year.
Following Mortenson’s public lecture, attendees are invited to a reception and book-signing in the University’s Mundelein Center Auditorium. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please visit LUC.edu/tea.
Mortenson’s lecture is the first in a series of events marking the School of Education’s 40 years as a school. Additional celebrations are planned throughout the 2009-2010 academic year, and more information about upcoming events is available by calling 312.915.6800.
In addition to his public lecture, earlier in the day, Mortenson will host a private Tea with the Faculty reception, and he will headline the University’s First-Year Student Convocation, where he and Loyola University Chicago president Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., will induct first-year students into their graduating class, officially kicking-off the students’ academic careers at Loyola. During the Convocation, Mortenson will also be awarded an honorary doctorate.
About the School of Education
Located in the heart of the city, at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus off North Michigan Avenue, the School of Education (SOE) offers undergraduate, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degree programs. As part of a major university in a world-class location, the SOE provides high-quality programs that develop professional skills and knowledge both for the classroom and for diverse urban environments. Loyola’s School of Education also maintains strong partnerships with the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Archdiocese Schools, and a number of suburban institutions, to provide extensive opportunities for clinical experiences and research.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.