Everest 1924: A Century in Review Symposium - Looking back on expeditions of Chomolungma: Mother Goddess of the Earth

The deadline to register for your place is 12 April

Please join us as we commemorate 100 years since Sandy Irvine and George Mallory’s famous Everest expedition.

We are excited to present a group of speakers who are all impressive in their own right, but together will ensure a very special event to mark 100 years since the 1924 expedition to Mount Everest.

Rebecca Stevens MBE
Rebecca Stephens early career was in journalism, working first as reporter and then deputy editor of one of the Financial Times magazines. It was writing for the FT Weekend that she was assigned to Everest and discovered her passion for climbing. Rebecca was the first British woman to climb Everest and was awarded an MBE for her achievement. The following year she went on to become the first British woman to scale the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Rebecca is an accomplished writer, drawing on her experiences of both business and the great outdoors.

Professor Julie Rak
Julie Rak (FRSC) holds the Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her latest book is False Summit: Gender in Mountaineering Nonfiction (2021). She has written many other books, collections and articles about nonfiction, popular culture and print culture. Much of her work addresses sexism and racism in mountaineering.

Dr Melanie Windridge
A Plasma physicist, writer and speaker with a taste for adventure.

Julie Summers
Julie Summers is an author, historical consultant, and writer, who is also Sandy Irvine’s great niece.

Chairing the panel discussion will be Dr Anna Saroldi (2019), who recently published a first case study on Translation and mountaineering.

Merton College will also host an exhibition on Sandy Irvine which will be open throughout Trintiy Term.
More details here: www.merton.ox.ac.uk/event/everest-1924-century-review-symposium

Booking link for those without a Merton affiliation: form.jotform.com/240662427037353
Booking for those with a Merton affiliation: rb.gy/fzvooq

A live stream and recording will be available for those who cannot attend in person.