Meet the Panelists
Following Steve Swenson's presentation on April 19th based on his new book: Karakoram - Climbing Through The Kashmir Conflict, we will host a Q&A to discuss the relationship between China, India, and Pakistan over Kashmir and how that effects security in the region - especially for climbers and trekkers. Five experts will bring their unique perspectives to the Kashmir Conflict - Read about our panelists below!
Peter Langer, B.A., B.Sc., M. A. is one of Canada's leading travel lecturers and photographers. He is also an award-winning travel writer and is actively engaged in the international travel & tourism industry. He currently is teaching at Simon Fraser University - Continuing Studies in Vancouver. He also is the Managing Director of Associated Media Group, a company specialized in the creation of photography, multi-image shows and videos. Mr. Langer has also made a strong contribution to educational program development and implementation at the post-secondary level and has lectured on cultural anthropology, geography, art, history, travel and tourism subjects in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. Currently Peter Langer is also actively engaged in a series of travel presentations in Canada, called "The Ultimate Traveller".
Greg Foweraker has done 119 visits to east and south asia, regrettably the vast majority have been for a range of business projects. He has however put in time in a range of Muslim countries, including Pakistan, where 2 of his 3 visits have been for indulging his passion for Alpine Rock climbing. A keen observer of the intersection of religion, politics and geography, Greg brings an interesting perspective to the Kashmir Conflict.
Tom Phipps is a retired Vancouver City Senior Project Planner, Tom has had 55 years of north shore hiking, x-c , skate and telemark skiing, snowshoeing, biking and of course camp-cooking in numerous western Canadian and US ranges. Four trips to northern Pakistan and volunteer planning work led to 3 treks in the Hunza region of the Karakorum and travel through much of Baltistan, Swat and other northern regions.Tom found the Karakoram an order of magnitude more dramatic than other ranges in which he travelled, though the Dolimti are hard to beat for beauty and ‘majestic’ seems to suit the Pamirs! The Karakoram are a raw palate of tectonic and glacial action. Yak riding, Ibex spotting and goat eating add to mountain experiences. The mountain people though really left the strongest of memories.
Promod Puri immigrated to Canada in 1972 from the Indian part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He is a journalist by profession. He started his journalism career in Winnipeg with his own publication, The Link, and later as editor of Native Canadian newspaper, The New Nation. Puri moved to Vancouver in 1978, and carried on with The Link as its editor and publisher. He has retired himself from active journalism in 2001, but continues his interest in writing on a variety of subjects including Kashmir. Puri is the author of “Hinduism beyond rituals, customs and traditions”, an introductory book on Hinduism and its philosophies. His websites are: promodpuri.com and progressivehindudialogue.