Award-winning National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale speaks Feb. 19
- Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
- Crawford Theater, Emerson Cultural Center
National Geographic photographer, filmmaker, writer and explorer Ami Vitale will share a multimedia presentation of her travels throughout the world at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Emerson Center’s Crawford Theater in a public lecture sponsored by the Montana State University Honors College.
Vitale will share her work showcased in National Geographic magazine as a contract photographer as well as her experiences traveling and photographing in more than 100 countries documenting a range of topics, including wildlife and poaching in Africa, human-wildlife conflict, the efforts to save the northern white rhino, and the reintroduction of pandas to the wild.
A Nikon Ambassador, Vitale is also part of National Geographic’s soon to be released film, "Women of Impact." In 2018, InStyle Magazine named Vitale as one of its 50 “Badass Women,” a series celebrating women who show up, speak up and get things done. She has received several international awards for her work including International Photographer of the Year’s Magazine Photographer of the Year and the National Press Photographers Association’s Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and Magazine Photographer of the Year. She recently published a book, “Panda Love,” about the secret lives of pandas.
Vitale lectures for the National Geographic LIVE series, and she frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. She is also a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers whose work focuses on issues faced by women in developing countries.
Vitale’s visit is sponsored by the MSU Honors College and was made possible by an endowment from the Hoffmann Family of Boise, Idaho. Their son, Connor Hoffmann is a Truman Scholar who graduated from MSU in 2018 with degrees in chemical and biological engineering and directed interdisciplinary studies, combining engineering, economics and political science. Currently, he is a contractor performing biosecurity policy-related research for the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation. His parents are Tom and Amy Hoffmann of Boise.
Vitale will conduct a master’s class for MSU students at 4 p.m. in the Byker Auditorium, located in the Chemistry Building. Registration will open Feb. 9 online at: https://montanastate.campuslabs.com/engage/event/5576199
Vitale’s lecture is free for MSU students and students under 18, however those who plan to attend are requested to RSVP at EventBrite. General admission will be $10 at the door or $12 through EventBrite, with the additional $2 to cover online costs.
To learn more about Vitale’s work in National Geographic, go to https://www.nationalgeographic.com/contributors/v/photographer-ami-vitale/. To learn more about Vitale, go to her website, https://www.amivitale.com/about-ami/.