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UWFox Presents Broughton Coburn, Mt. Everest Climber and Author

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Fox Cities residents are in for a rare treat on Monday, November 15, as the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley hosts Broughton Coburn, noted author, veteran of Mt. Everest expeditions, and conservation advocate. Coburn's presentation, 'Everest: To The Top of The World,' is scheduled for Noon - 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union on the UWFox campus. The presentation is free and open to the public; seating is unreserved.

Broughton Coburn, noted author, veteran of Mt. Everest expeditions, and conservation advocateCoburn, a resident of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Kathmandu, Nepal, graduated from Harvard College in 1973. He has lived in the Himalayas for nearly two decades, overseeing environmental conservation efforts for the World Bank, United Nations and World Wildlife Fund. He worked on several film projects, including Seven Years In Tibet.

Coburn was awarded the American Alpine Club's 1997 Literary Achievement Award 1997. His latest book, Everest; Mountain Without Mercy, published by National Geographic Books, reached #17 on the New York Times Bestseller list and was selected as “Pick” for 1997 by Publisher’s Weekly. His first book, Nepali Aama; Life Lessons of a Himalayan Woman (Anchor/Doubleday), now in its third edition, documents the life of an elderly subsistence farmer in the Himalayas. Coburn's second book, Aama in America; A Pilgrimage of the Heart (Anchor/Doubleday) is the story of his trip with Aama (at age 84) on a 12,000 mile pilgrimage in search of the soul of the United States. This story has been optioned as a feature film, and a screenplay is in progress.

Coburn has written magazine articles for New Age, The Denver Post Magazine, Worldview and other magazines. Coburn has lectured around the United States, presenting the story described in his second book. He toured 20 cities for his first two books, seven cities for Everest; Mountain Without Mercy, and represented the team at eight Everest IMAX film premieres.

At present, Coburn is Special Projects Director for the American Himalayan Foundation, a charitable organization based in San Francisco, chaired by Richard Blum. In addition to overseeing AHF projects, Coburn is at work on a children's book about Sir Edmund Hillary for National Geographic Books. His biggest current project is a collaboration on the autobiography of Jamling Tenzing Norgay (one of the stars of the Everest IMAX film), for Harper San Francisco.

For more information about Coburn's presentation, contact Jeff Kuepper at UWFox, 832-2671 or email jeff.kuepper@uwc.edu.

Posted 11/12/2004