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National Geographic’s Mark Jenkins to Present Cambodian Landmines Photos

February 21, 2012
Man with prosthetic leg
This is among phots in Mark Jenkins' presentation "The Healing Fields: The Legacy of War and the Search for Miss Landmine Cambodia." (Mark Jenkins Photo)

Acclaimed author and National Geographic field staff writer Mark Jenkins will give his photo-illustrated presentation of the devastation and suffering caused by Cambodian landmines Feb. 27-March 22 in Laramie, Cheyenne, Torrington, Riverton, Rock Springs and Powell. The forums are free and open to the public.

A native of Laramie, Jenkins is a part-time writer in residence with UW's MFA Program in Creative Writing. He also contributes lectures and presentations to classes in UW's International Studies Program. Jenkins holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in geography, both with honors, from UW.

"The Healing Fields: The Legacy of War and the Search for Miss Landmine Cambodia," will be presented at the University of Wyoming Monday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. in Room 310 of the UW Classroom Building.

After spending a month in Cambodia, crossing minefields, interviewing victims and searching for Miss Landmine Cambodia, Jenkins was inspired to create his presentation. He points out that, after a war ends, landmines are still alive, waiting to blow the legs off innocent farmers and shepherds.

The program also will be presented at:

Laramie County Community College -- Tuesday, March 6, 6 p.m. in the ARP Building, Room 128;

Eastern Wyoming College -- Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts auditorium;

Western Wyoming Community College -- Monday, March 19, 7 p.m. in Room 1005;

Central Wyoming College -- Wednesday, March 21, 3:30 p.m. in the  Intertribal Center‘s Wind River Room;

Northwest College -- Thursday, March 22, at 4 p.m. of the Fagerberg Building, Room 70.

Jenkins' talks are part of the statewide International Studies Scholar Lecture Series. Now in its third year, the series is funded by a U.S. Department of Education Grant, in partnership with Wyoming community colleges,  to the University of Wyoming International Studies Program.

"This continues to be a successful program to promote significant discussion of a variety of international issues," says Jean Garrison, director of International Studies at UW. "With Jenkins' talk on demining efforts in Cambodia, we see a complex problem that required ingenuity and local-to-global cooperation to find a solution. Through this and other presentations, we remain committed to bring the world to Wyoming."

This lecture is sponsored by the UW International Studies Program, the UW Outreach School, the UW Office of Academic Affairs and the partner community colleges. For more information, email Garrison at or call (307) 766-3423.

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