Greg Mortenson Speaks at KSU Oct. 1

Best−selling "Three Cups of Tea …" author discusses why building schools in…

Georgia (Sep 23, 2008) — Greg Mortenson Speaks at KSU Oct. 1

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Best−selling author Greg Mortenson to speak at Kennesaw State Oct. 1
Building schools is author’s antidote to fighting jihadists and the Taliban

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (September 23‚ 2008) — Greg Mortenson‚ author of “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time‚” a New York Times best−seller for more than 80 weeks‚ will share his epic adventures building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan during three scheduled talks at KSU October 1.

Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea …” has been selected the “common reader” for all first−year KSU students. About 2‚300 students are reading and discussing the book in 85 sections of the first−year seminar class. Mortenson will speak at two sessions exclusively for students and at an evening appearance open to the public with reserved tickets.

Following an attempt in 1993 to scale K2‚ the world’s second highest peak‚ residents of a remote village in the Pakistani Himalayas found Mortenson delirious as he descended from his unsuccessful climb. To repay them for nursing him back to health‚ he vowed to build them a school. With the help of two nonprofits he founded‚ he has since raised funds to build more than 78 schools in often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

When and Where:
Wednesday‚ Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the KSU Convocation Center (Public invited‚ reserved ticket required); at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Student only sessions; media call contact).

Order tickets at‚ click on “An Evening with Greg Mortenson” link.


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