Friday, Dec. 11

Noon-2 p.m.
Opening Luncheon
Keynote: Hampton Sides




Hampton Sides is the award-winning editor of Outside magazine and a best-selling historian. He is best-known for his gripping adventure stories, often set in war-time or depicting epic expeditions of exploration and discovery. Most recently the author of In the Kingdom of Ice, Sides has written about polar exploration, World War II, Kit Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the American frontier. His lectures captivate audiences and bring his sweeping tales to life.

Sides is the author of Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound On His Trail, and other best-selling works of narrative history. His most recent book, In the Kingdom of Ice, is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth: the North Pole.
Sides’ talks, often accompanied by slideshows or multi-media presentations, enthrall audiences with the white-knuckle
stories behind his epic books. He discusses his writing process and how he ties findings from obscure documents and hisown exploration trips into his work. Sides’ discussions often focus on intriguing questions of leadership and ethics that arise in extremely difficult wilderness or battlefield situations—examining what qualities of training, attitude, and spirit cause some groups to prevail while other don’t.

Sides is editor-at-large for Outside magazine and has written for such periodicals as National Geographic, The New
Yorker, Esquire, Preservation, and Men’s Journal. His magazine work, collected in numerous published anthologies, has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing.

Ghost Soldiers, a World War II narrative was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film, The Great Raid. Sides’ Blood and
Thunder, about the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2006 by TIME magazine and is currently under development for the screen.

Sides is a partner in Atalaya Productions, a Santa Fe-based independent production company that develops historical
dramas and non-fiction projects for the screen. A native of Memphis and a Yale graduate, Sides is an advisory board
member of the Author’s Guild and a 2015 Miller Distinguished Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute. A frequent lecturer, he
divides his time between Santa Fe and Colorado College, where he teaches narrative non-fiction and serves as journalist-in- residence.