Cunanan Leadership Speakers SeriesMortenson's well-known book, "Three Cups of Tea," recounts his journey that started with a failed attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second-tallest mountain, and ended with successfully building schools in remote regions of Central Asia ‒ work that he continues today. The book was a New York Times bestseller. He is also author of the new bestseller "Stones into Schools." To date, Mortenson has established more than 90 schools in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. These schools have provided education to more than 34,000 children, including 24,000 girls, where few educational opportunities existed before. His presentation at ECU is titled "Promoting Peace through Education."
Internationally renowned humanitarian, bestselling author,
and co-founder of the Central Asia InstituteMonday, March 1, 2010
For more than 15 years, Mortenson has advocated education and literacy in rural parts of the world. In 1996, he co-founded the Central Asia Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes and supports community-based education in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also founded Pennies for Peace, an international service-learning program with tens of thousands of participants around the globe.
For more information about Greg Mortenson, please visit his web site at www.gregmortenson.com.
The Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series is made possible by a gift from alumni Steve '87, '91 and Ellen '88 Cunanan of Richboro, Pennsylvania. Matching funds are also provided by the Johnson & Johnson Foundation. The Series brings distinguished leaders to Greenville, representing for-profit and non-profit firms, entrepreneurial activities, government, and public affairs. Topics highlight leadership, professional development, ethics, and the role of business in modern society.
Mortenson's visit is also supported by the ECU Parents Council, ECU Student Affairs, ECU's First-Year Experience Program, ECU NC Teaching Fellows, and Maynard Scholars.
No reservations are needed. The event is free and open to the public.