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A renowned humanitarian, international peacemaker and former
mountaineer, Greg Mortenson is the author of The New York
Times No. 1 bestseller Three Cups of Tea. Recipient
of the prestigious Kiriyama “Peace Book Award,” the work also
earned Time magazine’s 2006 “Asia Book of the Year.” Mr.
Mortenson is co-founder of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute and
founder of the nonprofit Pennies for Peace foundation.
In 1993, Mr. Mortenson was in the Pakistani village of Korphe after
an especially arduous climb on K2, the world’s second highest
mountain. It was there that he encountered a group of children
sitting in the dirt, using sticks to practice writing in the sand.
Moved by the scene, Mr. Mortenson promised to help build them a
The effort grew into a lifelong humanitarian campaign promoting
education in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan —
especially for girls. Since then, Mr. Mortenson has established
more than 131 schools in often volatile rural areas of those two
countries. The schools educate more than 58,000 children — 44,000
girls — in places where few educational opportunities had ever
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acclaimed book, please click here.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Carnesecca Arena, Queens Campus
Free for ALL Students,
Faculty and Employees
Non-St. John’s Suggested Donation: $5
(proceeds to go to Pennies for Peace)
Please note Mr. Mortenson will also be speaking at the Staten
Island Campus at 12:15 p.m.
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