Sponsored by Patricia Behring

Local Presenting Sponsor

“National Geographic Live brings to life the remarkable stories of National Geographic Explorers through in-person live events. Its broad roster of speakers, including renowned photographers, scientists, filmmakers, and adventurers, shares their behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration—alongside unforgettable imagery and gripping footage—with audiences in performing arts centers throughout North America and abroad.”

The Blackhawk Museum is proud to host a series of four National Geographic Live events this fall.
To purchase tickets to the events, click on the buttons below.

Doors 6:00 PM | Presentation 7:00 PM
Tickets for Individual Events
$35 – Non-Member Ticket
$20 – Member Ticket

Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice - David Doubilet & Jennifer Hayes

Doors Open: 6:00pm | Speaker Starts: 7:00pm

Explore rarely seen undersea worlds with two photographers creating a visual voice for the world’s oceans. David Doubilet is a legend in underwater photography. Together with his wife and underwater partner, photojournalist Jennifer Hayes, he has explored three unique marine environments for National Geographic. Join them to explore the rich and diverse waters of Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, part of the “coral triangle.” Follow them into the world beneath the Antarctic ice, then north to the Gulf of St. Lawrence to see whales, wolfish, and harp seals. Together, they’ll go beyond the published stories to share the reality of their behind-the-camera adventures.

The Secret Life of Bears - Rae Wynn-Grant

Doors Open: 6:00pm | Speaker Starts: 7:00pm

Rae Wynn-Grant has dedicated her life to ecological research and conservation. As a scientist with National Geographic Society’s Last Wild Places Initiative, she works to protect and restore iconic wildlife populations, including North American black and grizzly bears. But when the wild lands of their habitat are crisscrossed by roads, fences, and ranches, how can bears and humans coexist peacefully? Dr. Wynn-Grant intends to find the answer.

Deadliest Lifesavers - Zoltan Takacs

Doors Open: 6:00pm | Speaker Starts: 7:00pm

Biomedical scientist Zoltan Takacs collects and researches the deadliest snake, scorpion, and jellyfish venoms for medical innovation—venoms that target vital life functions and thus could be the blueprint of novel medications. An aircraft pilot and scuba diver, he’s traveled to 155 countries and survived charging elephants, pirated waters, and a series of snake bites.

Social by Nature - Ronan Donovan

Doors Open: 6:00pm | Speaker Starts: 7:00pm

What’s a human? We are, at our core, social mammals. We build relationships, communicate, reproduce, establish territories, and adapt to shrinking resources. In these ways, we’re no different than other social mammals. Chimpanzees, wolves, and gorillas are among the most charismatic of the mammals we know. We identify with them as species, groups, and even as named individuals. They’re also under threat. Join biologist-turned-photographer Ronan Donovan as he talks about his work in documenting these animals and what we, as fellow social mammals, can learn from them.