National Geographic speakers resonate with audiences worldwide by sharing stories of exploration and discovery and behind-the-scenes accounts of life on expedition. Speakers offer a wide range of topics that today’s audiences associate with National Geographic – wildlife, exploration, adventure, innovation, world culture and ancient history. Accompanied by award-winning photographs, all presentations deliver a spectacular visual impact.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 – Helzberg Hall
Photographer Annie Griffiths presents ‘A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel’
“I have learned that even without a shared language, it’s easy to let people know that their children are beautiful, their homes are lovely…and that their stories are worth sharing with the world” – Annie Griffiths
Experience the life of a photographer on assignment for National Geographic magazine, and meet a true pioneer who figured out her own way to balance work and family. One of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers, Annie Griffiths has worked on every continent except Antarctica, while also raising two children. Perhaps the only professional photographer ever to pack her camera gear in Pampers, she found a way to stay close to her kids without putting the brakes on her career—even if it meant bringing the two along with her on assignment in places as distant as the ruins of Petra in Jordan or the Galápagos Islands.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012 – Helzberg Hall
Underwater explorer Kenny Broad presents ‘Extreme Cave Diving: Exploring the blue holes of the Bahamas’
“Underwater caves may just look like dark, eerie holes,” says Broad, “but they can be critical reservoirs of clean fresh drinking water and are integral to the health of the surrounding habitats.” – Kenny Broad
In Kenny Broad’s line of work, exploring submerged caves and blue holes, one mistake can equal death. He and his team must take every precaution to avoid such dangers as stirring up sediments that can wipe out visibility, succumbing to nausea as they pass through a toxic layer of hydrogen sulfide, or getting lost in maze-like passageways with a limited supply of diving gasses.
The need to study blue holes is urgent, as they are among the least studied and most threatened habitats on Earth. Broad’s work combines the study of risk perception, exploration, and environmental anthropology.
MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 – Helzberg Hall
Wildlife photographer and filmmaker Mattias Klum presents ‘Being There on Expedition with National Geographic’
Take an awe-inspiring journey around the world, featuring unique perspectives on some of Earth’s natural wonders—the Okavango Delta, Iceland’s glaciers, and the rainforests of Southeast Asia. Your guide? One of the most important natural history photographers of our time—and one of National Geographic Live’s most highly acclaimed speakers. Through Klum’s camera lens, you’ll get an up-to-date report on the state of our planet. And, you’ll marvel at the beauty of the natural world captured in striking new photographs and high-definition video from his most recent expeditions to the world’s last wild places.
MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012 – Helzberg Hall
Primatologist and Nat Geo WILD TV Host Mireya Mayor presents ‘Pink Boots and a Machete’
Often described in the media as “a female Indiana Jones,” Mireya Mayor is not your typical scientist. Both as an anthropologist working in the jungles of Madagascar, and as a wildlife correspondent for National Geographic, this city girl and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader has found herself sleeping in a rain forest hammock amid poisonous snakes, being charged by gorillas, scaling rocky cliffs, and diving with great white sharks. As a two-time Emmy Award-nominated field correspondent for the National Geographic Channel, Mireya Mayor has reported to audiences worldwide on pertinent wildlife and habitat issues.
SEASON SUBSCRIBER INFORMATION
The National Geographic LIVE Series subscription package includes ticket discounts and priority seating, making this an affordable option for all. Season tickets range in price from $60 to $120. For ticket information, please call Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts ticket box office at (816) 994-7222 or buy online.
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will offer an Adventure’s Circle season subscription package that includes priority seating for all four National Geographic Live presentations, an invitation to a private reception with wildlife photographer and filmmaker Mattais Klum, a signed copy of his book and acknowledgement of your support. The package also includes a tax-deductible gift to the Kauffman Center to support National Geographic Live in Kansas City. To learn more, call the Kauffman Center box office at (816) 994-7222 or buy online.
Books will be for sale courtesy of Rainy Day Books. Speakers will be available for signatures.
National Geographic Live! is generously supported by Teresa and Tom Walsh