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Hood, Frederick Reads host award-winning author

Thursday, February 24, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College and Frederick Reads will host award-winning author Greg Mortenson April 4 at 5 p.m. in the Hodson Auditorium in the College's Rosenstock Hall.

Mortenson is the co-author of the 2006 New York Times best-selling memoir, "Three Cups of Tea." Told through the eyes of co-author David Oliver Rellin, the book documents Mortenson's transition from a mountain climber to a humanitarian committed to reducing poverty and promoting education for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The 2009 sequel, "Stones Into Schools," follows the progress of Mortenson's remarkable 17-year effort to promote literacy and education among girls and women in remote areas of Afghanistan, and serves as a platform for his broader vision of peace through education and literacy.

Shortly after embarking on his humanitarian efforts, Mortenson co-founded the Central Asia Institute, a nonprofit group that, since 1993, has overseen the building of more than 170 schools that provide education to more than 64,000 children—including 54,000 girls—in remote and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is also the founder of the educational charity Pennies for Peace, a service-learning program designed to broadening students' cultural horizons and help them make a positive impact on world poverty.

Mortenson's appearance at this year's Frederick Reads is made possible in large part by the Hanson Lecture Series by way of the Robert D. and Barbara E. Hanson Fund for the Foundation of Enhancing Communities

Limited seating for the free event is available by ticket only. Reservations for Hood students, faculty, staff and alumni will begin Feb. 28; if available, ticket distribution for community members will begin March 21. Tickets, limited to two per person, can be reserved by calling Hood's reservation line at (301) 696-3130.