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Guns, Gorillas and Laptops: How We All Are Unwittingly Connected

UW International Studies Scholar Lecture Series helps foster understanding of globalization

Volume 13, Number 3 | May 2012

By Steve Kiggins | Presentation and photography by Mark Jenkins
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The International Studies Scholar Lecture Series, established in 2005, promotes discussion among Wyoming citizens of important global issues by bringing renowned speakers to the University of Wyoming and other locations across the state.

Funded through a U.S. Department of Education grant to the UW International Studies Program in partnership with Wyoming’s seven community colleges, the lecture series has visited Casper, Cheyenne, Gillette, Laramie, Jackson, Powell, Riverton, Rock Springs, Sheridan and Torrington to help create a broad-ranging dialogue on international issues.

Mark Jenkins, a field staff writer for National Geographic and a writer-in-residence at UW, has twice traveled Wyoming as part of the lecture series.

Jenkins made three stops last winter to share Guns, Gorillas and Laptops: How We All Are Unwittingly Connected, a presentation that introduced audiences to one of the world’s most endangered species, Africa’s mountain gorilla. This spring, Jenkins presented The Healing Fields: The Legacy of War and the Search for Miss Landmine Cambodia at six locations across Wyoming.

The lecture series is also sponsored by the UW Office of Academic Affairs and the Wyoming Humanities Council.

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