Some time ago I read the book Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson after Shanti reviewed it on her blog. I wrote about it and placed on the sidebar under books I had read with 5 stars. A professor at West Chester University is sponsoring a talk and must have been a little concerned about attendance so close to the Thanksgiving holidays because he did a Google search and sent me an invite to the talk.
Well, he needn't have worried about attendance since every seat in the place was taken and there were even a few people who stood in back. While I left with plenty of time (4 hours 15 minutes for a 2 hour 30 min drive), the traffic was horrible although the foliage was remarkable on the early part of the drive so I arrived just as they were turning down the lights. I guess one of the disadvantages of having a talk at a university after Thanksgiving break has started is that there is no one who understands how the light and sound systems work so this was a bit of an issue through out the talk and kept me from taking any pictures.
Greg Mortenson isn't a dynamic speaker. Rather, he is a dynamic person with lots of stories to tell who dislikes public speaking. He is very personable and takes time to speak to everyone as he signs books and greets people, like another author I have been to see. However getting there so late, I missed the pre-talk session. Afterward I was so tired that I was not able to have him pose holding a sock although I thought about it.
Greg is the most regular person that you could ever meet. He just happened to make a promise to a little girl and then found himself with the unenviable task of keeping that promise. Once he had learned how to do it and saw the smiles on the children's faces, the positive impact on these small villages, how could he stop. Greg builds schools. He builds schools for girls in a place that often fails to educate its girls. If you get a chance to see him, I highly recommend it.