The Dayton International Peace Museum, in partnership with the Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice, will premiere its exciting new exhibit, “Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs,” at the Xavier University Gallagher Student Center, Second Floor Gallery from September 22-29. The exhibit is based on the ideals of Humanitarian and New York Times best-selling author Greg Mortenson who has dedicated himself to educating children, especially girls, in remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Panels from the exhibit will serve as a backdrop during Mortenson's lecture on September 29.
"The Dayton International Peace Museum is generously sharing the first-ever exhibit on Greg Mortenson's work with our students prior to its Dayton opening at the Peace Museum in downtown Dayton, October 3 through December 2010," says Chris Bridges, Assistant Director of the Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice. “This is a natural fit between our two organizations,” Bridges adds. "Mr. Mortenson will actually be able to view the exhibit as part of his visit on campus which is an added bonus for the Peace Museum and Xavier."
Mortenson’s organizations, the Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace, have helped build 151 schools, educating more than 64,000 children since he began his work 17 years ago. The bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, Mortenson has been nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. His advice and insight into Afghanistan and Pakistan cultures has been sought by world leaders and America’s top generals.
“Mortenson’s work shows the power of intercultural respect and cooperation in building a more peaceful world,” said, Kate Johnson, Peace Museum Outreach Coordinator. “Visitors will take away a strong sense of how one person’s vision to educate children can move an entire culture toward peace.”
Promoting Peace with Books, not Bombs will be at the Peace Museum in downtown Dayton through December. The exhibit is co-sponsored by University of Phoenix Dayton Learning Center and Sinclair Community College. Following its museum run, the exhibit will be available for display at schools and community organizations, as part of an ongoing Pennies for Peace project to raise funds to build schools in Afghanistan.
Located at 208 W. Monument Ave., Dayton, OH, 45402, the Peace Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit, call 937-227-3223 or visit www.daytonpeacemuseum.org. For access to Mortenson photographs and additional information, visit www.penniesforpeace.org and click on the “Toolkit” box.