National Geographic Live Speaker Series Stays Virtual

Niki D'AndreaFebruary 23, 2021
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Dinosaurs, filmmaking, deep-sea dwellers and the migration of women – these topics will be explored in entertaining depth during the National Geographic Live Speaker Series. The events typically take place at Mesa Arts Center but will be online this year – which makes it no less exciting, says Randall Vogel, assistant director of Mesa Arts Center.

“We’re excited to be part of such an inspiring speaker series,” he said. “National Geographic Live continues to make the world around us more accessible with leading explorers and storytellers sharing their experiences of resilience, bravery and ingenuity.”

Amphibious dinosaurs with paddle-like tails and vegetarian therapods are just some of the surprises in store during “Reimagining Dinosaurs” with paleontologists Nizar Ibrahim and Sebastián Rozadilla on February 24. The series continues with “Feats of Filmmaking” on March 17, hosted by National Geographic filmmakers Bryan Smith and Keith Ladzinski, who will discuss their adventures documenting the world’s intrepid explorers, from chasing tornadoes to swimming with alligators.

See the bioluminescent and biofluorescent marine species of the deep seas on March 31, when deep sea biologist Diva Amon and marine biologist David Gruber discuss “Mysterious Seas” and how humans impact them. The series concludes on April 14 with “Women and Migration,” a photojournalism and documentary exploration about women who left the countries where they were born following the promise of a better future.

Access for the events cost $20 each and all events start at 8 p.m. Visit or for more information or to purchase tickets.