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New and Old Perspectives on the Sherpas and Mt. Everest
[CAS Speaker Series] Brot Coburn's The Vast Unknown chronicles the first American ascent of Mt. Everest in 1963. In his presentation at CU, Coburn will contextualize this historic event within the Cold War, discuss many of the unique characters involved in the expedition, and speak to how both climbing on Everest and the mountain itself have dramatically changed over the past fifty years. The presentation will also address how climbing has impacted the Khumbu region and Sherpa communities in significant socio-economic and demographic ways, a topic on which Coburn has unique insights, having co-authored Touching My Father's Soul with Jamling Tenzing Norgay (the son of first Everest summiteer, Tenzing Norgay). Understanding the trajectory of how the climbing economy has transformed the Sherpa community is critical to discussing what precipitated the conflict between Sherpas and western climbers on Everest in May 2013, a topic that will also be addressed during Coburn's presentation.
The workshop on 11/16 has been canceled.
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