Grizzlies, Piranhas and Man-Eating Pigs: On Assignment for National Geographic
Experience what it's like to be on assignment for the world's greatest magazine in some of Earth's most amazing places. In 20 years with the renowned magazine, Joel Sartore has learned that visually capturing amazing places, wildlife and cultures comes with a chance that things will go terribly wrong. He will share a lively, intimate and humorous look at what could be the best - and worst - job in the world. It's just another day at the office when you are on assignment for National Geographic.
The Future of Food
Jayson Lusk, Ph.D.
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Professor, researcher, author, and one of the most prolific and cited food and agricultural economists, Jayson Lusk will discuss America's national eating disorder and the role of food technology in the future. Having good intentions is not enough. Many of the world's most pressing challenges - from feeding the hungry to protecting the environment - require a look forward rather than backward.
Friday Night in the Big Town – The Life of Gary England
Oklahoma's award-winning, top-rated television meteorologist, Gary England, will provide attendees a humorous and serious review of life, tornadoes, television and entertainment. England is an internationally recognized authority on severe weather and holds the distinction of being the first person to implement Enterprise Electronics, the world's first commercial Doppler radar, in weather forecasting.
The Idea of America
Bill Barker and Dr. Bill White
President Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by historic interpreter Bill Barker) will speak about events in Revolutionary War-era America that demonstrate the relevance of our nation's early history to contemporary issues. Dr. Bill White will discuss the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's role as a center for history and citizenship, highlighting the foundation's efforts to improve historical literacy.