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National Geographic Live 2019 Season

National Geographic Live Returns for 8th Season at the Kauffman Center

The 2019 series includes photographers, a rock climber and an Egyptologist

2019 National Geographic Live series at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The eighth annual National Geographic Live series this spring at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature five speakers, including photographers, a rock climber and an Egyptologist. National Geographic Live speakers share their journeys of exploration from being on assignment around the world. Illustrated with award-winning photography and video, each presentation concludes with a Q&A session with the audience.

For its eighth season at the Kauffman Center, National Geographic Live features biologist-turned-photographer Ronan Donovan; climber and adventure writer Mark Synnott; Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney; and photographer Stephen Wilkes. Biologist-and-photographer team Cheryl Knott and Tim Laman will close the 2019 series with a special engagement event.

Single tickets are available now through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org.

The 2019 National Geographic Live series in Kansas City is generously supported by Teresa and Tom Walsh.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE 2019 SEASON

National Geographic Live - Ronan Donovan - Social By Nature - Jan. 8 and 9, 2019 - at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Ronan Donovan, Photographer

Social By Nature
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Humans are, at our core, social mammals. We build relationships, communicate, reproduce, establish territories, and adapt to shrinking resources. Chimpanzees, wolves, gorillas, and bears are among the most charismatic of the social mammals we know—besides ourselves. They’re also under threat. Join biologist turned photographer Ronan Donovan as he talks about the incredible similarities we humans share with other social mammals in the animal kingdom, and what we can learn from them.

National Geographic Live - Mark Synnott - Life On The Vertical - Feb. 19, 2019 - at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Mark Synnott, Climber

Life On The Vertical
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Mark Synnott is a man ever on the brink of new discovery. A big wall rock-climber of the highest order, Synnott has made legendary first ascents of some of the world’s tallest, most forbidding walls, from Baffin Island to Pakistan. Today, the National Geographic adventure writer uses his skills to break scientific ground, reaching incredibly inaccessible environments in search of rare species. It’s all in the spirit of adventure and exploration, to educate about these sites of strange, remote beauty.

National Geographic Live - Dr. Kara Cooney - When Women Ruled The World - March 19, 2019 - at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Kara Cooney, Egyptologist

When Women Ruled The World
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Throughout history, powerful women have been called many things – witches, regents and seductresses. But there was a time in the ancient world when at least one was called “King.” Often neglected in the history books, these women were considered exceptions to the rule, political pawns in a patriarchal society. But their power and influence are undeniable. Join Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, for a look at a time in ancient history when women ruled the world. What can we learn from how these women ruled? Dr. Cooney shares some illuminating answers.

National Geographic Live - Stephen Wilkes - Day To Night - April 30, 2019 - at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Stephen Wilkes, Photographer

Day To Night
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Can a photograph inspire and create change? For photographer Stephen Wilkes, his five-year photographic study of Ellis Island’s long abandoned medical wards helped secure $6 million toward the restoration of the south side of the island. His work documenting the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy has brought heightened awareness to the realities of global climate change. In this presentation, he’ll take audiences behind the scenes of his most defining project, Day to Night. These epic cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours, capture fleeting moments of humanity as light passes in front of the lens over a full day. Wilkes will discuss the months-long process of turning 1,500 photographs into a single image.

National Geographic Live - Cheryl Knott and Time Laman - Adventures Among Orangutans - June 4, 2019 - at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT: Cheryl Knott and Tim Laman, Biologist and Photographer

Adventures Among Orangutans
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Solitary animals living in hard-to-reach places, orangutans are one of the most difficult large land animals to study. Since 1992, husband-and-wife team Cheryl Knott and Tim Laman have been using innovative techniques and new technologies to gain a closer look at this intelligent, resourceful – and threatened – species, giving us insights not only into their world, but also our own. Frequent contributors to National Geographic, Knott and Laman have been studying, photographing and protecting wild orangutans in Borneo for more than 25 years.

Student Matinee Schedule

As part of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors program, National Geographic Live will present three student matinee performances in winter 2019:

  • January 9, 10:30 a.m.: Ronan Donovan – Social By Nature
  • February 19, 10:30 a.m.: Mark Synnott – Life On The Vertical
  • March 19, 10:30 a.m.: Dr. Kara Cooney – When Women Ruled The World

Educators can find more information and request tickets to the matinees at kauffmancenter.org/schoolmatinees.

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