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Global & Area Studies|College of Arts and Sciences


The Global & Area Studies Program hosts a variety of events through collaborations across campus, with the Wyoming Humanities Council, and through the support of a Department of Education grant. The Global & International Studies Scholars Lectures Series promotes discussion among Wyoming citizens of important global issues by bringing renown speakers to the UW campus and locations across Wyoming.

Global & Area Studies Program

Spring 2015 Events


Vietnam Underground:  The Viet Cong, Spelunkers  and the Biggest Cave on Earth with Mark Jenkins

Hidden deep in the jungles of central Vietnam, near the infamous Ho Chi Minh trail, is a network of massive caves. Created by underground rivers cutting their way through limestone, these caves were used as shelters by the Vietnamese during the American bombing campaigns in the 1960s.  Over the past two decades, a team of British spelunkers—cavers—have been penetrating ever deeper into these gigantic caverns. National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins was invited on an expedition to descend into what would turn out to be the largest cave ever discovered: Hang Son Doong. Exploring this cave was so treacherous and difficult the team actually lived underground for days to complete the first descent. The acknowledged Mt. Everest of caves, Hang Son Doong is so vast a skyscraper can fit inside. In this presentation, Jenkins will take the audience across Vietnam, culturally and geographically – its violent history, remarkable recovery and vibrant present – and down into the dark belly of the earth.

Mark Jenkins is a field staff writer for National Geographic Magazine and the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Wyoming. A critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized journalist, Jenkins covers geopolitics and adventure. Among hundreds of stories, he has written about landmines in Cambodia, the war in Eastern Congo, the loss of koalas in Australia, global warming in Greenland, ethnic cleansing in Burma and climbing Mt. Everest in Nepal.

Jenkins’ writing has won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Ross Award for “The Healing Fields” in 2013, a National Magazine Award for with colleague Brint Stirton, for “Who Murdered The Mountain Gorillas” in 2009, four Lowell Thomas Awards, the American Alpine Club Literary Award, the Banff Mountain Adventure Book Award and many others. 

Jenkins’ is the author of four books, A Man’s Life (Modern Times, 2007), The Hard Way (Simon and Schuster, 2002), To Timbuktu (William Morrow 1997) and Off The Map (William Morrow, 1992). His work has appeared in dozens of national and international magazines, including, The Atlantic Monthly, Backpacker, GQ, Outside, Playboy, The Washington Post and Virginia Quarterly Review. Jenkins has been interviewed by Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS, BBC and NPR, as well as spoken on countless radio programs.

Vietnam - Largest Cave in the World           

Jenkins Vietnam Presentation Dates and Venues for Spring 2015

Laramie - Tuesday, March 3 @ 7 p.m. in Education Auditorium

Gillette - Tuesday, March 10 @ 7 p.m. in Presentation Hall at Gillette College

Sheridan - Wednesday, March 11 @ 7 p.m. in the Sheridan Junior High Early Auditorium

Powell - Thursday, March 12 @ 7 p.m. at Northwest College, Yellowstone Building Conference Area

Cody - Friday, March 13 @ 7 p.m. in the Buffalo Bill Center for the West Coe Auditorium

Jackson - Sunday, March 15 @ 3 p.m. at the Teton County Library

Lander - Wednesday, March 18 @ 7 p.m. at the Lander Valley High School Auditorium

Rock Springs - Thursday, March 19 @ 7:00 p.m. in Room 1302 at Western Wyoming College

Casper - Tuesday, March 24 @ 7:00 p.m. in the Wheeler Concert Hall in the Music Auditorium at Casper College

Other GLOBAL & AREA STUDIES Spring 2015 Events

Friday, Feb. 27 — Center for Global Studies GS/GAST “What in the World” Series:  Josh Taboga, Natalia Sharova, and John Rader, 12noon Cheney 229

Monday, Mar. 2 — The 2nd CGS-CEUCE Workshop on the EU, US, China and Energy, 5:30pm, Berry Center Auditorium

Tues. March 3, Mark Jenkins, UW Writer-in-Residence “Vietnam Underground: The Viet Cong, Spelunkers and the Biggest Cave on Earth” Education Auditorium 7pm

Tues., March 10, CGS Human Rights Research Cluster presents Adam Hochschild, writer and journalist, “1914-18: The War Within the War”, 6pm, CR 314


Friday, April 3 —CGS/GAST “What in the World” Series, Jacqueline Todak and Ola Raddaoui, 12noon, Cheney 229  

Monday April 13, GAST Sigma Ito Rho initiation and honors celebration, 5:30-7:30pm, Union Family Room

Friday, April 17th (tentative) — CGS Human Rights Research Cluster/Brown Bag — Isa Helfgott and Nicole Crawford, “Memory of Genocide and Building Reconciliation in Cambodia” 12noon, Cheney 229

Tues., April 21 GAST Graduate Mentoring Program: Going into the Field, 12:15pm, Cheney 229 (lunch provided)

Thurs., April 23, Ahmed Rhazaoui, GAST Senior Visiting Scholar, “The Syrian Crisis, Refugees, Displaced Persons: Notes from the Field” on campus, time and place tba, reception following

Friday May 1-- CGS Human Rights Research Cluster Seminar Noah Novodgorsky, (UW), “Master stories’ and the role of courts in defining boundaries of protected speech in South Africa and Rwanda”, Cheney 229

May 11-15 FINALS WEEK                                                                                                      

Saturday May 16 College of Arts & Sciences Graduation, 1:30pm


March 3, GAST Core Faculty Meeting, 12:15, Cheney 229

Mar. 31, GAST Core Faculty Meeting, 12:15, Cheney 229

May 5, GAST Core Faculty Meeting, 12:15 Cheney 229

May 8, Global & Area Studies Advisory Committee Meeting, 12 noon Cheney 229


For more events, check out the UW Center for Global Studies:

Human Rights Summer Institue Information Sheet

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