EWC to host “The Healing Fields: The Legacy of War and the Search for Miss Landmine Cambodia.”

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Critically acclaimed author and field staff writer for National Geographic Mark Jenkins will present The Healing Fields on Thursday March 8th in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium at 7 p.m.  Mr. Jenkins spent a month in Cambodia – crossing minefields, interviewing victims, and searching for Miss Landmine Cambodia – to create this Photo-Illustrated presentation The Healing Fields: The Legacy of War and the Search for Miss Landmine Cambodia.

Worldwide, there are tens of millions of landmines buried in over 80 countries. Unlike bullets, after a war ends, landmines are still alive, waiting to blow the legs of innocent farmers and shepherds. After 30 years of war, Cambodia is one of the most heavily mined countries on earth, but through progressive government programs and substantial foreign aid, it has become the world’s leader in demining and victim rehabilitation.

This presentation will be given in six forums around Wyoming.  The forums are free and open to the public. This presentation expands on Jenkins article, “The Healing Fields,” which appears in the January 2012 issue of National Geographic.

Prof. Jean Garrison, Director of International Studies at UW, notes:  “We are now in the 3rdyear of the successful International Studies partnership with Wyoming’s Community Colleges to promote significant discussion of a variety of international issues.  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’.”

Mark Jenkins is a critically acclaimed author, a field staff writer for National Geographic and the writer-in-residence at the University of Wyoming. Jenkins has published in over 50 national and international magazines and newspapers. He is the author of four books including A Man’s Life (Modern Times, 2007), The Hard Way (Simon and Schuster, 2002), To Timbuktu (Morrow, 1997), and Off The Map (Morrow, 1992). 
This presentation is free and open to the public. This lecture is sponsored by the UW International Studies Program, the UW Outreach School, and the UW Office of Academic Affairs as well as each partnering community college. For more information or questions, please contact Court Merrigan Learning Skills Lab Coordinator, at 307.532.8378 or e-mail at court.merrigan@ewc.wy.edu.

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