Schooler Lecture Featuring Greg Mortenson to be Held March 23
May 24, 2010
Humanitarian, international peacemaker, former mountaineer, co-founder of two non-profit organizations and co-author of Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson will present the Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 8 p.m. in the Timken Gymnasium of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.
He is among one of the three foreigners to receive the highest civil award, Sitara-e-Pakistan (Star of Pakistan), for his courage and humanitarian efforts to promote girls’ education and literacy in rural areas. In 2009, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Born in Minnesota, Mortenson served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Cold War.He established more than 131 schools in rural areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, providing education to more than 58,000 children, including 44,000 females. Mortenson gained the trust of Islamic leaders, military commanders, government officials and tribal chiefs for his efforts. His numerous honors include the Peacemaker of the Year Award, the Men’s Journal Anti-Terror Award, Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Medical Education Hall of Fame Award, among many others.
His publication of Three Cups of Tea has graced the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list for more than two years, half of the time at number one. It was also this year’s summer reading assignment for Mount Union College freshmen. The book received the Kiriyama Peace Book Award, and was Time magazine’s 2006 “Asia Book of the Year.” Three Cups of Tea has sold more than three million copies, has been published in 34 countries and is used in more than 90 colleges and universities, including Mount Union. In addition, it is a mandatory reading for all senior U.S. military commanders, military officers in counter-insurgency training and U.S. Special Forces deploying to Afghanistan. The book is also used for training at the Norwegian War College.
Three Cups of Tea has been adapted into a young reader’s version and a children’s picture book. Mortenson’s newest book, Stones into Schools, continues where Three Cups of Tea left off and was released in December 2009.
The Schooler Lecture Series was established in 1988 with grant funding from the Schooler Family Foundation. The Foundation's philanthropy has enabled the College to provide a dramatically enhanced opportunity for young men and women studying at Mount Union and for the residents in the greater Alliance area to experience the breadth and depth of American culture.
Past Schooler lecturers have included the late former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford; the late astronomer Carl Sagan; former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop; former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; late former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick; former hostage Terry Anderson; Schindler’s List author Thomas Keneally; the late holocaust survivor Leopold Page; Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell; Rabbi Laureate Harold Kushner; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; environmental conservationist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; media specialists Cokie and Steven Roberts; the Archbishop Desmond Tutu; former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young; world-renowned marine biologist Dr. Robert Ballard; the late and former moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press Tim Russert; documentary filmmaker Ken Burns; political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin; and writer and commentator Fareed Zakaria.
Three Cups of Tea also is the pick of the Alliance One Book One Community program for 2010. Co-sponsored by Mount Union, Friends of Rodman Library, Greater Alliance Foundation and The Review, the One Book program encourages members of the community to read the same book, followed by discussions of the issues that emerge from that book. A full schedule of One Book events leading up to the Schooler Lecture can be found at www.rodmanlibrary.com.
Due to the overwhelming response for Mortensen's presentation, tickets for general seating in the gymnasium are no longer available. However, if you wish to receive tickets for a live remote feed to be broadcast at another campus location, call (330) 829-6120 or (800) 992-6682, ext. 6120 or register online at www.mountunion.edu/schooler_lecture.