Mountaineering pioneer Jennifer Jordan speaks in Avon Thursday
AVON — Award-winning author, filmmaker and journalist Jennifer Jordan will present her take on this year’s High Country Speaker Series theme — mountain culture and the environment — at the Avon Public Library Thursday. The event is at 5:30 p.m. and is free to the public.
Jordan will address the perspectives and treatment of women in the male-dominated culture of mountaineering and will explore how these dynamics are manifested in the experiences and relationships women have with their environment. A true adventurer who has gone where few women (or men) have gone, Jordan will draw on her two summers living at the base of K2 and personal experiences in the mountaineering community to bring her audiences with her on journeys to some of the deadliest mountains in the world. Her personal experiences will be supplemented with researched accounts from other women who have spent time on some of the biggest and deadliest mountains in the world.
A STRONG VOICE
In 2002, Jordan approached National Geographic to create, write and co-produce the documentary “Women of K2,” which was shown in numerous world-famous film festivals including the Banff Mountain and Telluride Mountain film festivals. Following its release, she wrote “Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2,” won the 2005 National Outdoor Book Award for Best Mountain Literature and was selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times. “Savage Summit” helped propel Jordan to her current position as one of the strongest female voices in the mountaineering community.
Jordan has worked as an on-air host of “All Things Considered” for NPR’s Boston affiliate, created, produced and hosted her own syndicated talk show on NPR’s satellite network and directed The Forum, Harvard University’s premier speaker’s arena at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She currently lives in Salt Lake City with her cinematographer husband, Jeff Rhoads, and Harry, the canine star of her children’s book series.
Eagle Valley Library District and the Walking Mountains Science Center co-sponsor the High Country Speaker Series. Jordan is the penultimate presenter during the 2015 series on mountain culture and the environment. Next month the series concludes with local celebrity and world renowned photographer John Fielder on April 10. For more information, visit partner websites http://www.evld.org or http://www.walkingmountains.org.