Exploring Our World and Beyond with National Geographic

Thu. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Sponsored by: The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation


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Catherine Herbert Howell (The Splendor of Birds), Mark Thiessen (Spectacle), and James Trefil (Space Atlas) discuss the power of photography, art, graphics, and maps to illuminate the wonders of our world and beyond, as told through the pioneering lens of National Geographic. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

In addition to numerous other publications on birds and wildlife, Catherine Herbert Howell penned the historical first edition of the best-selling bird guide, National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America.

Mark Thiessen is a long-standing photographer and photo studio director for National Geographic. He has covered a diverse range of feature stories and covers for National Geographic magazine, and his 2008 cover for “Under Fire: Why the West Is Burning” won first-place by Pictures of the Year International. In 2012, he documented James Cameron’s legendary dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench.

James Trefil is an internationally renowned physicist and authored National Geographic’s The Story of Innovation. He has received accolades from the American Physical Society (2008 Science Writing Award), American Institute of Physics (Andrew Gemant Award) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Westinghouse Award and Subaru Award).