To celebrate the conferring of an honorary doctorate on Yohannes Gebregeorgis, founder of Ethiopia Reads, Regis University’s Dayton Memorial Library will exhibit photos and artifacts showcasing the children of Ethiopia and the impact of Gebregeorgis’ work in their lives. The exhibit is May 1-10 in the library’s Doyle and Margaret Hartman Exhibit Gallery.
Gebregeorgis will receive an honorary degree in public service during the 10 a.m. May 9 spring commencement ceremony. On rare occasions, the Regis University Board of Trustees authorizes the awarding of honorary degrees to individuals who have led lives of distinguished service and professional achievement.
In addition to the photos, the exhibit includes three Ethiopian processional crosses donated to the St. John Francis Regis Chapel, traditional Ethiopian dresses, wooden triptychs, dolls, baskets, pottery, and an Ethiopian toothbrush.
Various books in Amharic, English, Tigrigna, and Afaan Oromoo published by Ethiopia Reads will also be on display. Of special note is the inclusion of Gebregeorgis’ book, “Silly Mammo.” This bilingual story is the adaptation of a classical Ethiopian folktale about a silly boy who does silly things.
Gebregeorgis was one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of the Year for 2008 and is a recipient of the 2008 Presidential Citation for International Innovation from the American Library Association.