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EWC lecture brings world issues home

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 29th, 2012

Bringing local awareness to world issues is the aim of a lecture on tap for early March.

Mark Jenkins of National Geographic will present “The Healing Fields: The Legacy of War and the Search for Miss Landmine Cambodia.” at Eastern Wyoming College on March 8 “The Healing Fields” is a photo presentation from Jenkins’ journey to Cambodia, crossing minefields, interviewing victims and searching for Miss Landmine Cambodia. The presentation expands on the article published in the January 2012 edition of National Geographic, entitled “The Healing Fields.”

Cambodia is one of the most heavily mined countries on the planet and has conversely become the world’s leader in de-mining and rehabilitation.

The lecture is part of a partnership between the University of Wyoming and community colleges in Wyoming.

“We are now in the third year of the successful international studies partnership with Wyoming’s community colleges to promote significant discussion of a variety of international issues,” said Jean Garrison, UW director of international studies. “With Jenkins’ talk on de-mining efforts in Cambodia, we see a complex problem that requires ingenuity and local-to-global cooperation to find a solution.”

Jenkins spoke at EWC last March about conflicts in eastern Congo and its impacts on the world.

Court Merrigan, who helped coordinate the lectures between UW and EWC, said Jenkins specifically requested to come back to Torrington.

Merrigan’s hope for the lecture’s audience is a more keen view on world issues. He said he has seen the devastation in Cambodia firsthand, having been there twice.

“Landmines (in Cambodia) were a direct result of our activities in Vietnam,” he said. “Cambodia is on the sidelines and doesn’t come up as often as Vietnam. The people are still living with the consequences.”

Jenkins is a critically acclaimed author, field staff writer for National Geographic and a writer-in-residence at UW. He has been published in more than 50 national and international publications.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Merrigan at 532-8378 or email court.merrigan@ewc.wy.edu.

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