National Geographic Live & TMA announce National Geographic Series Appearances

Daily Dose  |  02/11/2019 11:00 am

National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, and the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) are proud to announce an inaugural three-part speaker series that will take place the Peristyle Theater throughout 2019. 

“We are excited to see the Peristyle stage come alive through a combination of first-hand accounts from National Geographic Explorers and their amazing imagery,” said Brian Kennedy, the Museum’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. “We believe the National Geographic Live series provides an engaging format for the community to learn about the world around them.”

The three events for the inaugural series are:

Birds of Paradise Revealed

Saturday, April 27: 7 p.m., Peristyle

Tim Laman, a renowned photographer and forest canopy researcher, and ornithologist Ed Scholes, authors of the major National Geographic book, Birds of Paradise Revealed, will take visitors deep into New Guinea to observe these astonishing avian creatures. Evolved to attract mates with their extraordinarily colorful feathers, which they display in dances executed with ballerina-like grace, these birds are a living laboratory of evolution. Meet all 39 species and enjoy their secret lives, bizarre displays, and dazzling courtship antics in breathtaking visuals.

When Women Ruled the World

Thursday, May 30: 7 p.m., Peristyle

Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, explores the reigns of powerful ancient queens to illuminate a time when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these strong female leaders were considered exceptions to the rule, but their power and influence is undeniable.

Standing at Water’s Edge

Saturday, July 27: 7 p.m., Peristyle

Cristina Mittermeier learned the concept of responsible earth stewardship from her indigenous nanny as a child growing up in Mexico, and she explores that calling 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.“We are thrilled to be bringing some of National Geographic’s most dynamic and entertaining explorers to TMA,” said Yulia Petrossian Boyle, Senior Vice President for Global Media and Experiences at National Geographic. “National Geographic Live events are a unique opportunity for people in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan to meet these visionary individuals in person, and to be inspired by the fascinating stories and breathtaking images they will share from their expeditions to the far corners of our planet.”

The National Geographic Live series appearance at the Toledo Museum of Art is sponsored in part by The Boeschenstein Family Foundation and Kingston HealthCare with additional support from Metroparks Toledo and Toledo Lucas County Public Library.

Ticket pricing for the series and individual events:

Museum members (13+): $18 per event, $45 for the series

Museum members (12 and younger): $5 per event, $12.50 for series

Nonmember adult: $25 per event, $62.50 for series

Nonmember senior (62+): $20 per talk, $50 for series

Nonmember student (13+ and college): $20 per talk, $50 for series

Nonmember military (with ID): $20 per talk, $50 for series

Nonmember child (12 and younger): $10 per talk, $25 for series

National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in a variety of cities around the world, including, Seattle, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Calgary. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit

For tickets and information, please call (419) 255-8000 or visit