Mortenson Event Reset for March 22 at CSU’s Lumpkin Center

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Nobel Peace Prize-nominated author Greg Mortenson has been rescheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Monday, March 22 at the Lumpkin Center on the campus of Columbus State University.

Admission is free, but organizers request:

• Individuals holding tickets for his previously scheduled Nov. 12, 2009 appearance should use those tickets for admission and are encouraged to arrive for seating between 6-6:30 p.m. Mortenson told local organizers he had missed the fall event because he had been hospitalized with viral cardititis (inflammation of the lining of the heart).

• Admission for those without tickets will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. until all seats are filled.

Brookstone School, Columbus State University’s Servant Leadership Program and the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries are presenting the local program, dubbed Sweet Tea with Greg Mortenson.

Mortenson is a humanitarian, international peacemaker, former mountaineer, co-founder (with Dr. Jean Hoerni) of the non-profit Central Asia Institute and founder of the non-profit Pennies for Peace. He is co-author (with David Oliver Relin) of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time, which has been a New York Times bestseller for more than 120 weeks, has sold more than 3 million copies and has been published in more than 34 countries.

Three Cups of Tea is the story of how, after a failed attempt to climb the K2 peak on Pakistan’s border in 1993, Mortenson found a new passion…building schools, mostly elementary and especially for girls.

As of 2009, Mortenson has established and supports 131 schools in the rural regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, which provide education to over 58,000 children, including 44,000 girls.

Mortenson’s newest book, Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan was released on Dec. 1, 2009. In this first-person narrative, Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders even as he was dodging shootouts with feuding Afghan warlords and surviving an eight-day armed abduction by the Taliban. He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women -- all woven together with stories of the people who have been involved in this two-decade humanitarian effort.

Since the 2006 publication of Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson has traveled across the U.S. and the world to share his vision with hundreds of thousands of people. He has met with heads of state, top military officials and leading politicians. Visit www.stonesintoschools.com for more information on his work.

Books will be on sale, and a book signing will follow the event.