The National Geographic Society and University of Virginia Partner to Invigorate Spirit of Exploration Among College Students: National Geographic On Campus program to include a free community event featuring internationally acclaimed photographer Jodi Cobb on Thursday, Feb. 28, at The Paramount Theater

The University of Virginia (UVA) and the National Geographic Society will partner to present National Geographic On Campus, a two-day science and storytelling event open to undergraduate and graduate students at UVA. The event takes place March 1-2 on the UVA Grounds.

To kick off the series of events, internationally renowned National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb will share her work and experiences at a free community event at The Paramount Theater on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 28. The evening talk is a special encore event following the recently completed and highly successfulNational Geographic Liveseries at The Paramount Theater.

Cobb will present a retrospective of her decades-long distinguished career as a photojournalist known for going undercover to reveal hidden societies. Her landmark story “21st Century Slavery” exposed a wide range of human trafficking and generated more reader accolades than any other story up to that point inNational Geographic’shistory. Breaking barriers for women photographers everywhere, she was the first female photographer to joinNational Geographicmagazine and the first woman to be named White House Photographer of the Year. Cobb invites audiences to travel with her as she chronicles her public — and private — path from young photojournalist to world-renowned photographer.

On Friday, March 1, there will be a daylongsymposium featuring dynamic panels exploring the topic of resilience. The speakers will address such pertinent issues as the global water crisis, the creation of resilient cities to support population growth, and the preservation of fading cultures.The program encourages discussion on these critical challenges facing our planet and actions that can be taken to empower communities in the face of change.

On Saturday, March 2, students will engage in interactive hands-on workshops where they’ll learn or hone real-world skills. These half- and full-day programs include the opportunity to enhance their photography skills, learn what it takes to be an investigative journalist, get an in-depth introduction to virtual reality storytelling and filmmaking, and much more. Throughout the weekend, students will have an opportunity to connect with leading UVA scholars and artists as well as National Geographic’s worldwide community of explorers — scientists, storytellers, photographers and educators.

For a complete schedule of the National Geographic On Campus seminars and workshops as well as more information on the National Geographic Live event visit

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