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Tibet-China relationship explored in presentations

National Geographic writer and University of Wyoming writer-in-residence Mark Jenkins
National Geographic writer and University of Wyoming writer-in-residence Mark Jenkins will present a talk titled "Tea Trade, and Tyranny: Tibet and China over Time," on March 4.

The free talk takes place at 2:30 p.m. at the Cody Theater in downtown Cody, Wyoming, with three student presentations sharing details of their international fieldwork preceding the talk at 1 p.m.
The event is part of the University of Wyoming Center for Global Studies’ “World to Wyoming” lecture series. Jenkins is a critically acclaimed and internationally recognized journalist.

In the presentation, he reveals — with National Geographic images — the modern lives of the Tibetans and the Chinese, and the geopolitics that have long connected them.

For almost 1,000 years a stone-paved road has linked Ya’an, the tea-growing capital of Sichuan province, with Lhasa, the 12,000-foot high capital of Tibet. Tea was essential to daily life in Tibet, and China’s feudal kingdoms needed war horses. For centuries China and Tibet were on equal footing, but the ascendancy of China in the second half of the 20th century has devastated Tibet and Tibetan culture.

The 1 p.m. student presentations include Emily Beagle with "European Bioenergy Systems and Beetle Kill Management;" Jeremy Goldsmith with "Evaluating Why and How Gambians Migrate;" and Denise Muro with "Portrayals of Displaced Syrian and Iraqi Women in Germany."

Northwest College in Powell hosts the full program on March 2, with student presentations at 2:25 p.m. in Fagerberg 70, and Jenkins speaking at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellowstone Building.
Additional dates and locations include: March 1 at Sheridan College; and March 5 at the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson. For more information and specific times of those programs, visit


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