Guns, Gorillas, and Laptops: How We are all Unwittingly Connected


Mark Jenkins, a field staff writer for National Geographic Magazine and the writer-in-residence at the University of Wyoming, will present “Guns, Gorillas, and Laptops: How We are all Unwittingly Connected” at the University of Wyoming/Casper College (UW/CC) Center on November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Wold Physical Science Center, Room 103.

Jenkins will take the audience deep into the world of one of the most endangered species on Earth, Africa’s mountain gorilla, in war-torn eastern Congo. Through award-winning photography, he will unveil a dangerous journey into Virunga National Park to determine who has been killing the large primates. His presentation will provide a lens into the resource war underway in Eastern Congo, the broad impacts the 20-year conflict has had on people and the environment, and how these issues affect the everyday lives of people in the West. In this story, we learn how everyone is intimately connected to the Congo’s extraordinary mountain gorillas, and how their fate is the fate of humanity itself.

Jenkins has been published in more than 50 national and international magazines and newspapers. He has been interviewed by “Anderson Cooper 360,” “Good Morning America,” “The Crier Report,” CNN, PBS, BBC, and NPR. In 2009, Jenkins won the National Magazine Award for his story “Who Murdered the Mountain Gorillas?” printed in National Geographic Magazine.

Part of the International Studies Scholars Lecture Series, Jenkins’ presentation is sponsored by the University of Wyoming International Studies Program, the UW/CC Center, Casper College, and the Wyoming Humanities Council.


Media Contacts:
Lisa S. Pearce Icenogle, 307-268-2372
Tammi Hanshaw, 307-268-3756