Since its opening earlier this year, the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice has actively expanded the presence of faith and openness on campus. But arguably its greatest effort to date was the hosting of New York Times bestselling author Greg Mortenson in September. The event, “A Cup of Tea with Greg Mortenson: Peace through Education,” focused on Mortenson’s bestseller Three Cups of Tea and his nonprofit organization, the Central Asia Institute and its Pennies For Peace program.
Mortenson has established more than 131 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, which provide education to more than 58,000 children, including 48,000 girls. The schools are in the rural and often volatile regions, where few education opportunities existed before. Mortenson also discussed his new book, Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan.