The Dayton International Peace Museum, in partnership with Xavier’s Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice, is wrapping up its exhibit, Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, this week at the Gallagher Student Center on campus. The exhibit is based on the ideals of 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 serve as a backdrop during Mortenson's lecture, which takes place at Xavier on the last day of the exhibit on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The exhibit is on display in the Second Floor Gallery of Gallagher.
"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," said Chris Bridges, assistant director of the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice.
“This is a natural fit between our two organizations,” Bridges said. "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 and educated 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 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. 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.
The Peace Museum is located at 208 W. Monument Ave. in Dayton. For more information on the exhibit, call 937-227-3223 or visit www.daytonpeacemuseum.org. To view Mortenson’s photographs and additional information, visit www.penniesforpeace.org and click on the “Toolkit” box.