Mt. Everest Author to Lecture at Hamilton College

By Cindy McNicholl

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November 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Location: Bradford Auditorium in the Kirner-Johnson Building at Hamilton College

Event Description

Author Broughton Coburn will deliver a lecture titled “The Vast Unknown,” based on his book by the same name.

In The Vast Unknown, Coburn considers the first American expedition to summit Mt. Everest. He explores not only the details of the expedition, but also how the mission impacted the American consciousness during the Cold War.

Coburn graduated from Harvard College in 1973 and went on to work extensively in the Himalayas. He created documentary films and oversaw environmental conservation and development efforts for the World Bank, UNESCO, World Wildlife Fund and other agencies.

Coburn’s most notable books include Everest: Without Mercy (1997), which reached 17th on The New York Times bestseller list and was selected as “Pick” for 1997 by Publisher's Weekly, and Touching my Father’s Soul (2001), a collaboration with Jamling Tenzing Norgay that was ranked seventh on the prestigious BookSense list and 24th on The New York Times list.

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