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National Geographic Live

September 8 - April 27

National Geographic Live! is a four-part speaker series that showcases the world through the eyes of great explorers, filmmakers, and photographers. The Fitzgerald Theater program will expose rarely seen perspectives on exploration through the often-daring experiences of National Geographic personalities.


Each Nat Geo Live speaker will do a 60-70 minute presentation followed by audience Q&A.


National Geographic Live! Photography Without Borders with photojournalist Annie Griffiths (September 8, 2016 7:00 PM)

One of National Geographic’s most celebrated female photographers shares images and stories from the globetrotting career that has taken her from Bedouin campfires to Argentinian horse whisperers. Whether she’s traversing the desert with nomads or falling in with English country gentlemen staging a beauty pageant for rodents, Annie Griffiths has a habit of uncovering the humorous, the heartwarming, and the universal, even in the strangest of places.

National Geographic Live! On the Trail of Big Cats with photographer Steve Winter(October 27, 2016 7:00 PM)

Let’s travel the world with award-winning photographer and big cat advocate Steve Winter. This determined explorer will lead you from Asian jungles, where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalayas, home of the rare snow leopard. We’ll journey into Latin American rainforests to view the elusive jaguar and to Hollywood in pursuit of the American cougar. Wherever he goes, Steve Winter shares the beauty of big cats while working to save them.

National Geographic Live! Chasing Rivers with filmmaker Pete McBride (March 9, 2017 7:00 PM)

Proof that passion, hard work, and guts matter more than the cost of your gear or where you went to school, Pete McBride has taken pictures from the cockpit of a WWI-vintage biplane and the underside of an iceberg, working in over 70 countries. Named a “freshwater hero” by National Geographic for his work photographing and filming great rivers, he’ll offer unforgettable journeys down two of them. The Colorado, featured in his award-winning film Chasing Water, flows through majestic landscapes but no longer reaches the sea. And the Ganges, India’s sacred waterway, revered as a god, but polluted by the people who worship it.

National Geographic Live! Exploring Mars with NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins (April 27, 2017 7:00 PM)

NASA mechanical engineer Kobie Boykins is intimately involved with the planet Mars. As supervisor of the mobility and remote sensing teams for the rover Curiosity, Boykins has monitored headline-making studies, including proof of the former presence of water on Mars indicating that the red planet could have supported life. Join Boykins, winner of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, as he shares his boundless enthusiasm for unraveling the mysteries of outer space and recounts the latest exciting chapter of Mars exploration.

National Geographic Live! is presented by MPR News

Ovation Box Seats are available for purchase at a premium price. This includes a complimentary drink, chocolate and bottled water, per seat. Ovation box seats must be purchased in groups of 2 adjacent seats. Enjoy the show in style!
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