Critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized journalist Mark Jenkins returns to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on March 20 with his latest “World to Wyoming” presentation. Titled A Journey into the Ancient Namib Desert: Rock Paintings, a Vanished People, and Water Scarcity, the free talk takes place in the Center’s Coe Auditorium on Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m.
The presentation grew from Jenkins’s 2015 trip—while on assignment for National Geographic—to Namibia, where he climbed Brandberg, the country’s highest mountain, which conceals the greatest collection of rock paintings on earth. Jenkins says he undertook the journey in 120 degree heat “to explore this alfresco art museum and reflect on the challenges of water scarcity then and now.” His talk shares insights into the 4,000-year-old paintings and the now-extinct tribe that created them.
Jenkins covers geopolitics, the environment, and adventure for National Geographic. His writing has won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Ross Award for “The Healing Fields,” his story about landmines in Cambodia, and a National Magazine Award for photojournalism with colleague Brint Stirton for “Who Murdered the Mountain Gorillas.” Both articles were the focus of previous “World to Wyoming” tours around Wyoming.
Jenkins has authored four books and his work has appeared in dozens of national and international magazines. He earned his BA in Philosophy and his MS in Geography from the University of Wyoming.
The “World to Wyoming” tour takes Jenkins to several communities throughout the state, including Sheridan, Gillette, Powell, Cody, Jackson, and Laramie. He presents this talk at Northwest College’s Yellowstone Conference Center on March 19 at 7 p.m. The presentation at the Center is sponsored by the University of Wyoming’s (UW) Office of Engagement and Outreach, UW’s Office of Academic Affairs, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and Rocky Mountain Power Foundation.
The University of Wyoming opened the new Office of Engagement and Outreach (OEO) in January 2019 under the directorship of Jean Garrison, PhD. The OEO’s mission is to create an environment of engaged education, student opportunities, scholarship, service, and faculty and staff development at UW, as well as build collaboration between UW and its constituents. The office seeks to address complex economic and social challenges and opportunities facing UW and Wyoming.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s pages on Facebook and Twitter.
- For the Office of Engagement and Outreach, University of Wyoming: [email protected] or 307-766-5202.
- For the Buffalo Bill Center of the West: Gretchen Henrich at [email protected] or 307-578-4061.
- From Mark Jenkins’s trip to the Namib Desert. All images courtesy Ken Driese.