In partnership with the Boshell Lecture Series
Promotional Partner: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Levison Wood is a bestselling author, explorer, and photographer who has traveled and worked in over eighty countries around the world; he is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an International Fellow of the Explorers Club. He also served in Afghanistan as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment.
His work has been featured in National Geographic and Discovery Channel Magazine, and on CNN and the BBC. The Wall Street Journal said, “Mr. Wood’s interest, as well as his talents as a writer, lie . . . in finding out ‘what life was like in corners of the world that do not always make it into our headlines’ and in capturing the character and foibles of the people who inhabit them.”
In 2013, Wood became the first person to walk the entire length of the Nile River—a journey that took him nine months and over 4,000 miles. He traversed sandstorms, flash floods, and minefields, becoming a potential enemy of the state in South Sudan, where he was caught in a civil war and detained by the secret police. Then he spent six months trekking 1,700 miles along the Silk Road of Afghanistan, the Line of Control between Pakistan and India, and the earthquake-ravaged lands of Nepal. At this event, he’ll discuss his adventures and his bestselling books, Walking the Nile (2015) and Walking the Himalayas (2016).
“An immense feat of endurance, a magnificent journey and a great adventure.” —Ranulph Fiennes
2:30 p.m. Explore works of art in the DMA’s collection from parts of the world where Levison Wood has trekked – the Nile, the Himalayas, and the Silk Road – with Dr. Anne Bromberg, The Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art, DMA. Space is limited.