In November 2017, Mark Jenkins led a four-person team of Wyoming climbers on an expedition to South Sinai. On Wednesday, March 14, Jenkins will share the story of the trip in "Camels, Climbing, and St. Catherine: An Expedition to Egypt."
The free talk, part of the University of Wyoming Center for Global Studies’ “World to Wyoming” lecture series, takes place in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Kuyper Dining Pavilion. Student presentations begin at 6 p.m. Jenkins’ talk follows at 7 p.m.
Hidden in the heart of the desert mountains of the Sinai Peninsula is the oldest continuously operating Christian monastery in the world, St. Catherine’s. It was built in 565 A.D. at the site where, according to the Old Testament, Moses saw the burning bush — at the base of Mt. Sinai on which Moses received the Ten Commandments.
Despite being Eastern Orthodox, the site where St. Catherine’s stands is holy to not only Christians, but also to Jews and Muslims. Unlike other parts of the Middle East, Christians and Muslims in the area have been living and working together in harmony for centuries. Jenkins promises a presentation “about an epic expedition to climb big rocks in a remote land; about Christian monks and Bedouin nomads; and about a place where tolerance is more powerful than terrorism.”
Jenkins covers geopolitics and adventure for National Geographic. His writing has won numerous awards.
The “What in the World?” student presentations that begin at 6 p.m. were developed from the students’ international fieldwork. Marco Polo, who traveled to The Hague to investigate Royal Dutch Shell’s decision-making on the future of fuels and renewable energy, presents "Royal Dutch Shell and the energy-climate challenge." Misty Springer’s work explored the issue of human trafficking, traditional gender roles, and policy formation in the Republic of Georgia; she presents "Sex trafficking at a crossroads in the Republic of Georgia."
The public talks in Cody are sponsored by UW’s Center for Global Studies, UW’s Office of Academic Affairs, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and the Wyoming Humanities Council, with additional support from Rocky Mountain Power Foundation.
Northwest College in Powell hosts Jenkins on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Building Conference Area. Additional dates and locations include March 6/Sheridan College; March 7/Gillette College; and March 13/National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson. For more information and program times, visit bit.ly/jenkinsegyptexpedition.