Illustrated with spectacular photography, Dr. Bernbaum will cover spiritual dimensions of mountaineering and implications for climate change and environmental conservation.

From the Sierra Nevada to the Himalayas, mountains have an extraordinary power to evoke a sense of the sacred. Drawing on personal experiences and extensive research for his award- winning book Sacred Mountains of the World, Edwin Bernbaum takes us on a fascinating journey exploring the key role of mountains such as Sinai, Olympus, and Fuji in the mythologies, religions, literature, history, and art of cultures around the world.

bernbaum-portrait-alps-1Edwin Bernbaum is a mountaineer and scholar of comparative religion and mythology whose work focuses on the relationship between culture and nature. The first edition of Sacred Mountains of the World won the Commonwealth Club of California’s gold medal for nonfiction and was the basis for an exhibit of his photographs at the Smithsonian Institution. He is also author of The Way to Shambhala, a study of Tibetan myths and legends of hidden sanctuaries resembling the fictional Shangri-La of the novel Lost Horizon. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
The second edition of Sacred Mountains of the World will be published in March.

Date: Tuesday, May 17
Time: 6pm to 7pm Pacific Time

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