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Three Cups of Tea author to speak January 19 at Central Library

Portland writer and co-author of Three Cups of Tea, David Oliver Relin will speak on Saturday, January 19, from 1-2:30pm at the Central Library, US Bank Room. Co-authored with Greg Mortenson -- the man with the mission to promote peace one school at a time -- Three Cups of Tea is an incredibly inspiring book. I just finished reading it.

In case you haven't read it yet, Greg Mortenson is one of very few Americans to have traveled and worked extensively in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson is the founder and director of the American nonprofit Central Asia Institute (CAI). CAI promotes literacy and education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Central Asia. His work provides schools and education for children who might not otherwise get any, in countries where the governments are too poor or simply can't reach all the remote areas in need of schools and teachers. Here's a quote from Mortenson that sums it up well:

"You can drop bombs, become a suicide terrorist, build roads, put in electricity, or hand out condoms, but until the girls are educated a society will not change"

Anyway, back to Relin's talk. For two decades, he's focused on reporting social issues and their effects on children, including the ongoing hunger crisis in America. I hope he'll speak to the book, Three Cups of Tea, as well. Sounds like a great talk. I'll be there!!

If you're wondering where the "green" is in this speaker, let me recommend another recent read to you: Paul Hawken's Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming. Through this book Hawken helped me to see how strength in numbers, via gazillions of nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to environmental protection and social justice collectively form a worldwide movement geared toward humanity's betterment. Now that's a group I'm proud to be a part of.


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