Dorje Dolma, author of Yak Girl, will speak about her experience growing up in Nepal near the border of Tibet. Life above 13,000 feet in Upper Dolpo—often called the last paradise because of its breathtaking snow-capped peaks, untouched beauty, and hand-irrigated green pastures—was one of constant risk and harsh survival. Dorje was the oldest of eleven children, only six of whom survived the conditions in which they lived. At age ten, her parents took her on a month-long trek to Kathmandu to find help for a serious health problem. There they encountered Westerners who arranged to bring Dorje to the United States and get her the surgery she needed to save her life. Dorje eventually graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Fine Arts, worked as a pre-school teacher, and now continues to develop her art. Copies of the book will be available for purchase after the program.