By Mark Jenkins
March 20, 2019
Join us for a free lecture by critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized journalist Mark Jenkins. The talk is part of the “World to Wyoming” Lecture Series organized by the University of Wyoming’s new Office of Engagement and Outreach.
Jenkins’s presentation centers around his 2015 trip—on assignment for National Geographic—to Brandenberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, in the Namib Desert. The mountain conceals the greatest collection of rock paintings on earth. Hidden in the shade beneath granite boulders, where an extinct tribe once escaped the scorching heat of the Namib Desert, 4000-year-old paintings depict a lost world of giraffes and elephants, snakes and springbok, bow hunters and community celebrations. During his time there, Jenkins climbed Brandberg in 120-degree heat to explore this alfresco art museum and reflect on the challenges of water scarcity then and now.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact [email protected] / 307-766-6119.
About our speaker
Mark Jenkins covers geopolitics, the environment, and adventure for National Geographic. Jenkins’ writing has won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Ross Award for “The Healing Fields” 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 is the author of 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.
About the Office of Engagement and Outreach
In January 2019, the University of Wyoming (UW) opened the new Office of Engagement and Outreach (OEO) under the directorship of Dr. Jean Garrison. Responding to Goal 3 in UW’s strategic plan, Breaking Through 2017–2022, which is focused on impacting communities, OEO serves as a portal to UW for the citizens of Wyoming (and beyond), and coordinates and streamlines engagement and outreach efforts to achieve enhanced consistency, follow-through, and impact.
The mission of the Office of Engagement and Outreach is to create an environment of engaged education, student opportunities, scholarship and service, and faculty and staff development at UW, as well as build collaboration between UW and our constituents to address complex economic and social challenges and opportunities facing UW and Wyoming. In this capacity, OEO provides institutional leadership in shaping, supporting, and pursuing the University’s goals for advancing community engagement and relationships with our partners.
The Office of Engagement and Outreach makes a special thanks to our partners: UW Office of Academic Affairs, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation, Sheridan College, Gillette College, Northwest College in Powell, Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, InterConnections21, National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Center for Global Studies at UW.