Relin's book was the summer common reading project for all incoming students. The book will serve as a centerpiece for discussions and special programs throughout fall semester for Freshman Colloquium and other classes. Convocation is the traditional opening ceremony that celebrates the beginning of the new year. Faculty dress in academic regalia and new faculty members are introduced to the Linfield community. Classes at Linfield will begin Wednesday, Sept. 3.
"Three Cups of Tea" is the story of Greg Mortenson, an American mountain climber and nurse who becomes an unlikely champion of education. While returning from a failed attempt to climb K2, Mortenson wandered into a remote Pakistani village. There he developed relationships with the villagers that lead to a life-long mission to educate the children of Pakistan. The book follows Mortenson's effort to alleviate poverty and improve access to education in Pakistan and Afghanistan – particularly for girls – as an effective means of countering Islamic extremism in the region. The book was the nonfiction winner of the 2007 Kiriyama Prize, 2007 Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Book of the Year, Time Magazine's Asia Book of the Year, People Magazine Critic's Choice and a BookSense Notable Title.
For two decades Relin, an award-winning investigative journalist, has focused on reporting about social issues and their effect on children, both in the U.S. and around the world. His interviews with child soldiers included a profile of teenager Ishmael Beah who would later author the bestseller "A Long Way Gone."
Relin is a graduate of Vassar and was awarded a prestigious teaching/writing fellowship at the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He received a Michener Fellowship to support his groundbreaking 1992 bicycle trip the length of Vietnam. He spent two additional years reporting about Vietnam opening to the world, while he was based in Hue, Vietnam's former imperial capital. In addition to Vietnam and Pakistan, he has traveled to, and/or reported from, much of East Asia.
Relin is currently working on a documentary film about Sherpa mountain climbers. He is also at work on a secret book about food, a children's book with artist Amy Ruppel, and a novel about land mine survivors in Vietnam. He is a contributing editor for Parade magazine and over the years he has won dozens of national awards for his work, both as an editor and investigative reporter.
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