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National Geographic Live in Spokane
National Geographic Live in Spokane

A new series is coming to Spokane designed to inspire the next generation and open a window on often unseen world.

National Geographic Live is a four-part speaker series bringing award winning photographers, filmmakers, scientists and explorers to the INB Performing Arts Center to show off their works and engage the audience in a question and answer series about their experiences.

The first event comes in early October, featuring underwater photographers and videographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes as they explore the ocean from warm tropical waters to the polar ice caps.

In November, sit down with NASA engineer Kobie Boykins who helped design and build the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity. Boykins will talk about the latest discoveries made on the red planet, and reveal the latest chapter in Mars exploration.

Joel Sartore travels to Spokane in late February to talk about his work with endangered species. His work has repeatedly put him in harms way, including infection by a flesh-eating parasite and three-week quarantine at the CDC in Atlanta, but he wouldn't have it any other way.

And finally, photographer and videographers Cory Richards and Mike Libecki arrive in April to share their harrowing tale of surviving where no human feet had tread before – Bertha's Tower in Antarctica. You'll be enraptured by their tales of hurricane-force winds, digging their supplies out of snow drifts and a disastrous experiment with a snow kite.

“Who knows, there may be young people in the audience who have their flame lit because of what they see in this great hall,” said president and CEO of STCU Tom Johnson. “We may find down the road that there might be a Jane Goodall or Jacque Cousteau that comes out of Spokane because of these great videos and presentations that we will all be able to see.”

STCU is working with WestCoast Entertainment and the INB Performing Arts Center to help bring National Geographic Live to Spokane.

For additional information on the upcoming sessions, or for information on purchasing tickets, click here.

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