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Missouri university pulls Mortenson graduation speech invitation

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 3:53 p.m. CDT; updated 6:45 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 28, 2011

ST. LOUIS — A Missouri college says it no longer plans to have best-selling author Greg Mortenson speak at graduation next month.

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. 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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