NAC puts National Geographic Live on its map

This photograph of boys in Papua New Guinea was taken by National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb. She'll be part of a new lecture series at the NAC.

The National Arts Centre is going on an adventure of sorts when it hosts a new series of lectures starting this fall. 

The centre will present a roster of photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers from the National Geographic Live series. The National Geographic society has been presenting lectures from adventurers and scientists for more than a century. 

The series at the NAC begins Nov. 19 in the Babs Asper Theatre with a talk by extreme filmmaker Bryan Smyth who descends into deep canyons, crosses the Alaska panhandle by paraglider and climbs a frozen Niagara Falls.

This photograph of geishas looking at magazine was taken by Jodi Cobb.

The photographer Jodi Cobb will be in Ottawa on March 3, 2020. She will bring a retrospective of images from her 40 year career. Cobb gets inside some secret worlds, including a look at the 21st century slave trade, and brings them to public view.

The underwater photographer Brian Skerry will be in town May 5, 2020.

He has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater, including the Arctic. His images are said to offer a glimpse of the “soul of the sea.”

This polar bear in Frans Josef Land, Russia, was captured in this image by Cristina Mittermeier.

The final event on June 16, 2020 features Cristina Mittermeier who is a marine biologist and a  photographer. Mittermeier will explore the concept of earth stewardship through the ways of life of four communities and their individual relationships with water — the Kayapó in the Amazon, the Inuit of Greenland, the First Nations people of British Columbia, and native Hawaiians.

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.