Two-day National Geographic on Campus event at UVA

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The National Geographic Society is partnering with the University of Virginia for a two-day science and story-telling event in March.

It's called National Geographic on Campus, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students at UVA.

“We are delighted to partner with the National Geographic Society,” said UVA Vice Provost for the Arts Jody Kielbasa. “The opportunity to learn from and work alongside the world-class explorers that National Geographic has assembled is truly extraordinary. We look forward to an unforgettable weekend, and to a fruitful and dynamic partnership that will span many disciplines throughout the university.”

The event will be held March 1 and 2, and it will be kicked off by internationally renowned National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb who will share her work and experience at a free community event at the Paramount theater.

The talk, which will be held Feb. 28, is an encore to the recently completed National Geographic Live series that was also at the theater.

Cobb will present a retrospective of her long career, for which she was known for going undercover to reveal hidden societies.

Among other accolades, she was the first female photographer to join the National Geographic magazine and was the first woman to be named the White House Photographer of the Year.

On March 1, a daylong symposium will feature panels exploring the topic of resilience with speakers addressing various issues such as the global water crisis, the creation of resilient cities, and the preservation of facing cultures.

The program will encourage discussion on these challenges facing the plant and actions that can be taken to empower communities in the face of change.

“We're thrilled to partner with UVA to help students envision the impact they can have on creating a sustainable planet,” said Emma Carrasco, the chief marketing and engagement officer of the National Geographic Society. “Many of our explorers started ot with an unbridled passion for the natural world and found an outlet to turn that passion into action. Through conversation and collaboration with accomplished UVA faculty and ground-breaking explorers, students will gain the tools they need to contribute to achieving a plant in balance.”

On March 2, there will be interactive hands-on workshops where they will have the chance to enhance photography skills, learn about being an investigative journalist, get an introduction to virtual reality storytelling and filmmaking and other topics.

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