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Published February 27, 2019
Mark Jenkins, the Wyoming Excellence Writer in Residence, will discuss his latest adventure -- 4,000-year-old hidden paintings in the mountains in Namibia -- with a series of March talks in six Wyoming communities.
Jenkins’ residency is based in the University of Wyoming’s Center for Global Studies. He will present “A Journey into the Ancient Namib Desert: Rock Paintings, a Vanished People and Water Scarcity” as part of the “World to Wyoming Tour” in Cody, Gillette, Jackson, Laramie, Powell and Sheridan March 12-25. The UW Office of Engagement and Outreach sponsors the “World to Wyoming Tour” program.
Brandberg, Namibia’s highest 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 -- 4,000-year-old paintings depict a lost world of giraffes and elephants, snakes and springbok, bowhunters and community celebrations.
On assignment for National Geographic as a writer in 2015, Jenkins climbed Brandberg in 120-degree heat to explore this alfresco art museum and reflect on the challenges of water scarcity then and now.
His six Wyoming discussions are free and open to the public. Jenkins’ presentations are:
-- Tuesday, March 12: Sheridan College, 7 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
-- Wednesday, March 13: Gillette College, 7 p.m., Presentation Hall.
-- Tuesday, March 19: Northwest College, Powell, 7 p.m., Yellowstone Conference Center.
-- Wednesday, March 20: Cody, 7 p.m., Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Coe Auditorium.
-- Thursday, March 21: Jackson, 7 p.m., National Museum of Wildlife Art.
-- Monday, March 25: Laramie, noon, UW College of Education auditorium.
About Mark Jenkins
A critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized journalist, Jenkins covers geopolitics and adventure. Among hundreds of his stories, Jenkins has written about land mines in Cambodia, the war in Eastern Congo, the loss of koalas in Australia, ethnic cleansing in Burma, climbing Mount Everest in Nepal and the vanishing ski culture of the Tuvan people in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia.
Jenkins has won numerous writing awards, including the Overseas Press Club Ross Award in 2013 for “The Healing Fields,” a story about landmines in Cambodia; and a National Magazine Award with colleague Brint Stirton for “Who Murdered the Mountain Gorillas” in 2009. Both projects provided the basis for statewide presentations at Wyoming’s community colleges as part of the “World to Wyoming” outreach series.
Jenkins has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in geography, both from UW.
About the Office of Engagement and Outreach
UW opened the Office of Engagement and Outreach (OEO) in January 2019, with Jean Garrison selected as director. Goal 3 of UW’s strategic plan, “Breaking Through: 2017-2022,” focuses on impacting communities, and OEO serves as a portal to UW for Wyoming residents (and beyond) and coordinates and streamlines engagement and outreach efforts.
OEO creates an environment of engaged education; student opportunities; scholarship and service; faculty and staff development at UW; and builds collaboration between UW and 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 UW’s goals for advancing community engagement and relationships with its partners.
OEO partners include UW’s Office of Academic Affairs and Center for Global Studies, 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 and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson.
For more information, call the OEO at (307) 766-6119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.