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Augustana Guest Speaker Greg Mortenson Nominated for Peace Prize

SIOUX FALLS – Greg Mortenson, co-founder of the Central Asia Institute and founder of Pennies for Peace, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in a bipartisan, bicameral effort led by members of Congress.

Mortenson spoke at Augustana on September 28, 2008. His appearance was sponsored by Augustana’s New Student Seminar (NSS). All first-year (or freshman) students were required to read Three Cups of Tea, a New York Times best-seller co-authored by Mortenson.

One of the world’s great humanitarians, Mortenson continues to impress the global community with his unwavering dedication to advancing children's education and promoting peace in some of the world's most volatile regions.

Three Cups of Tea, co-authored with David Oliver Relin, describes Mortenson’s transition from a mountain climber to a humanitarian committed to reducing poverty and educating girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since its founding, the Central Asia Institute has built more than 70 schools in remote areas of the two countries. Pennies for Peace is educating American children about the world beyond their experience and shows them they can make a positive impact on a global scale, one penny at a time.

NSS, in partnership with local Sioux Falls schools and churches, set a goal to raise $12,000 for Pennies for Peace. To date, $9,000 has been collected.

If awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Mortenson will join an impressive list of previous winners who have spoken at Augustana. They are: Al Gore, Joseph Rotblat, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elie Wiesel, Desmond Tutu, Mariead Corrigan Maguire, and Henry Kissinger.