Thursday, January 28, 2010

'Three Cups of Tea' author coming to OU

Published January 27, 2010
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'Three Cups of Tea' author coming to OU

Greg Mortenson, best-selling author of "Three Cups of Tea," will give a free public lecture 4 p.m. April 21 at the Lloyd Noble Center, hosted by the OU College of Engineering to mark the school's 100th anniversary.

For more than 16 years, Mortenson and the nonprofit organization he heads, Central Asia Institute, have worked to promote peace by establishing more than 130 schools --which all include girls-- in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In the book, Mortenson, along with journalist David Oliver Relin, recount Mortenson's failed attempt to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain located in Pakistan, to establish schools in some of the most remote areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Here, Mortenson combined his knowledge of third-world, developing countries, to replace bombs with pencils and bring peace through education to these remote communities.

Mortenson was born in Minnesota in 1957 and grew up on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Cold War, where he received the Army Commendation Medal.

Mortenson later graduated from the University of South Dakota and pursued graduate studies in neurophysiology.

Attendance to the event is free but space is limited. To reserve tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/event/448141403.

For updates on the event, go to www.ou.edu/coe/centennial.

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