Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Oct. 2, 2008

David Oliver Relin to Discuss His Bestselling Book, Three Cups of Tea, Oct. 13 at Whitworth

WHAT: A lecture, "Three Cups of Tea," by author and journalist David Oliver Relin

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth University

COST: Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4263.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time, the New York Times bestseller co-written by David Oliver Relin and Greg Mortenson, recounts the journey that led Mortenson to build more than 60 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 1993, while descending from a failed climb of Pakistan's K2 mountain, Mortenson wandered away from his group and stumbled into a remote, impoverished Pakistani village, where villagers nursed him back to health. Mortenson promised to repay the community by building a school. Fulfilling that promise led to his quest to fight Islamic extremism by reducing poverty and educating children, particularly girls, in a region that serves as a breeding ground for the Taliban. Mortenson now is the executive director of the Central Asia Institute, which promotes community-based education and literacy programs in remote mountain regions of Central Asia.

Relin, a resident of Portland, Ore., is an investigative journalist whose reporting has focused on social issues and their effect on children in the U.S. and around the world. He is currently a contributing editor for Parade magazine and is working on projects including a documentary film about Sherpa mountain climbers, a children's book with artist Amy Ruppel, and a novel about land-mine survivors in Vietnam.

Three Cups of Tea was the common-reading book this year for Whitworth's First Year Seminar program. Prior to Relin's lecture, he will meet with selected students from the program. The books that the university selects for the First Year Seminar are meant to provide incoming freshman students with a shared intellectual experience, to promote development of critical-thinking skills and engagement with challenging ideas, and to encourage students to consider ways they can serve others through their vocation.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Julie Shanholtzer, Speakers & Artists Series and psychology department program assistant, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4263 or jshanholtzer@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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