Greg Mortenson

Fontbonne University / Greg Mortenson
2:31 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Fontbonne University rescinding graduation speech invite to "Three Cups of Tea" author

"Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson.
(via ThreeCupsofTea.com)

Updated 1:45 p.m. April 28:

Via the Associated Press:

Fontbonne University announced Thursday that the "Three Cups of Tea" co-author won't deliver its May 21 commencement speech nor receive an honorary degree.

The school noted in a brief statement that it has been unable to reach Mortenson to discuss allegations raised in a recent "60 Minutes" investigation (see below for details). The CBS News program reported that the book is filled with inaccuracies and that Mortenson's charitable organization has taken credit for building schools that don't exist.

Faculty and student leaders at the private Catholic school also voted to rescind Mortenson's invitation. The author has become a celebrated humanitarian for his work establishing schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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