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Gannon to Host Author Conor Grennan for Gannon READS Program

Gannon READS' featured author, Conor Grennan

Gannon READS' featured author, Conor Grennan

Gannon University will welcome author Conor Grennan to discuss his book, Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, as part of the University’s Gannon READS program.

The Gannon READS keynote will be held during hour-long sessions at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 on Gannon’s campus. The event is required for all first-year students and first-year seminar professors.

The University is also livestreaming each session via Zoom to limit gathering sizes on campus and encourage health and safety during the pandemic. The entire Gannon community is encouraged to register to participate in this University-wide initiative.

Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal is the epic story of Conor Grennan’s battle to save the lost children of Nepal and how he found himself in the process.

In his book, Grennan shares his year-long journey around the globe that began with a three-month stint volunteering at an orphanage in civil war-torn Nepal. Grennan realized that the children were not orphans at all but had been taken from their families by child traffickers, who falsely promised to keep them safe from war before abandoning them in the teeming chaos of Kathmandu. He then risked everything in the treacherous Nepalese mountains to bring the children home to their parents.

Grennan’s book is a New York Times best-selling and #1 international best-selling memoir. It has been shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, was the winner of the GoodReads 2011 Best Travel and Outdoor Award, and has been translated into 15 languages.

The annual Gannon Reading to Enhance Awareness of a Diverse Society program introduces first-year students to a faculty-chosen book, which is presented to them at the start of the fall semester. These students read the text and participate in first-year seminar class activities that are designed around the book.

The book is also offered to all members of the Gannon community who are interested in reading it.

About the Author:

Conor Grennan is the founder of Next Generation Nepal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families in Nepal. The organization has helped reconnect more than 500 children with their families since its inception.

Grennan was recognized by The Huffington Post as a 2011 Game Changer of the Year for his work with the trafficked children of Nepal. In 2014, he was also named a recipient of the Unsung Heroes of Compassion, which was awarded to him by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Prior to starting Next Generation Nepal, Grennan spent eight years at the EastWest Institute, both in Prague and in Brussels, in the role of deputy director of the Program on Security and Governance. His projects focused on peace and reconciliation in the Balkans. Grennan also serves as the dean of students for the MBA program at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he is responsible for more than 2500 full-time and part-time students.

Grennan is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the NYU Stern School of Business. He currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut with his wife Liz and his two children, Finn and Lucy.





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