ROCHESTER, NY – The 27th-anniversary edition of Rochester School for the Deaf’s (RSD) signature Adventures in Education program will welcome Shannon Galpin, author of Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan, Thursday, October 24, 2019, as the program’s special guest presenter. An Hors d’Oeuvres, wine, and dessert reception for registered guests starts at 5:00 p.m. in the school’s Learning Resource Center. Galpin’s community presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. in the school’s auditorium and will be accessible in American Sign Language and real-time captions. RSD is located at 1545 St. Paul Street, in Rochester. Guests may visit: https://www.rsdeaf.org/adventures/ to register for the reception and presentation or the presentation only. Patron and Underwriter sponsor levels are also available. Proceeds provide enhancements and enrichment to RSD’s programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and youth, newborn to age 21.
Shannon Galpin is an American activist, author, adventurer, and producer of the movie, Afghan Cycles. In 2013, she was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. As the first person to mountain bike in Afghanistan, Galpin is credited with encouraging Afghan women to ride bikes, which led to the creation of the Afghan Women’s National Cycling Team and a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.
Galpin also started a US-based series of mountain biking camps called Strength in Numbers for women in their 20s and 30s who have experienced gender violence, with the belief that “…an army of women can change the world.”
Of particular interest to RSD students and staff, and Rochester’s Deaf community, is Galpin’s advocacy work on behalf of the Deaf community in Afghanistan, where she used her influence and network of friends to gain access to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and persuaded him to donate land in Kabul to build a School for the Deaf.
Other accomplishments of Shannon Galpin include:
- Founder of women’s rights non-profit, Mountain2Mountain; art-as-activism group Combat Apathy; and, co-founder of the wildlife conservation organization Endangered Activism
- Author of a photography book The Streets of Afghanistan; co-author (with daughter Devon) of a children’s environmental activism graphic novel The Rosette
- Films made about her: MoveShake; Waking Lions; Liv Ambassador
- A Fellow with the Explorers Club
- Sexual assault survivor and two-time traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor