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NYC - Public Lecture Series featuring Shannon Galpin


Mountain to Mountain -
A Journey Through Afghanistan



National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Shannon Galpin has spent the past six years working and exploring Afghanistan by bike, motorcycle, horse, skis, and by foot. A full time activist and humanitarian Shannon has visited Afghanistan 19 times to work on projectswith local photographers, artists, athletes, and activists on a variety of projects to empower the voice of women and girls. Sparked by a desire to understand women’s rights in a country mostly portrayed by war, terrorism, poverty and oppression in the media. Shannon has recently published a memoir, Mountain to Mountain, about her experiences in Afghanistan, and her journey to becoming an activist.

An avid mountain biker in Colorado, she was the first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan in 2009, a country that where cycling is taboo for women and girls. She continued to ride in various areas of the country and found the bike to be an incredible icebreaker for authentic conversations and cultural exchanges. Believing that the bicycle is a vehicle for social justice and a symbol of freedom, she now supports the first generation of women to ride as part of the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team. The bike was integral part of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States and many other countries, and controversial because it allowed women independent mobility.

Shannon founded her non profit, Mountain2Mountain in 2006 with the vision of empowering women and girls in conflict zones. Her work across Afghanistan includes supporting education initiatives, working in the women’s prisons, supporting workshops for graffiti artists, creating computers labs, and the creation of a deaf school in Kabul. Her work is now soley focused on supporting the burgeoning cycling movement in Afghanistan.

She is producing a documentary film about these women, Afghan Cycles, to release in 2016. Her groundbreaking Streets of Afghanistan street art exhibition combined the work of Afghan and Western photographers in a life size pop up installation that was set up in the villages and public spaces around the country. A frequent TEDx speaker, Shannon’s overarching belief is in the power of voice and individual action to create change. Shannon has been featured in New York Times, BBC World, CNN, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, ESPN, NPR, Outside Magazine, among others.

Shannon is the author of the photography book, Streets of Afghanistan, and her recently published memoir, Mountain to Mountain, both of which will be available for sale and signing after her lecture.

Date: 05/04/2015

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

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