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Changemaker Speaker Series - Changing the world, one story at a time.
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Storytelling. Unleashed.

Changemaker Speaker Series is a touring program of celebrated explorers, award-winning journalists, photographers, filmmakers, astronauts, innovators, and artists who are actively engaged in creating a better tomorrow. One by one, these acclaimed thought leaders are striving to solve big problems, inspire environmental stewardship, document the world around us, and bridge the distances between us. In short, they are changing the world, one story at a time.

2024-25 Season

Humpback whales_Monterey Bay_Photo by Frans Lanting
Frans Lanting and Christine Eckstrom_Zambia_Courtesy of Frans Lanting
Thu September 5, 2024
@ 7:00 pm

Frans Lanting and Christine Eckstrom – Photographer and Science Writer

Once decimated, California’s Monterey Bay is a now thriving example of biodiversity renewal and recovery and a success story of how damaged ecosystems can be restored when people care—and act—together.

Venue
Blackhawk Museum
Location
Danville, CA
Thu September 26, 2024
@ 7:00 pm

Chris Johns – Photographer

After a decade as Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic, Chris Johns understands what it takes to walk the fine line between celebrating the world’s wonders while addressing the worries that threaten to overwhelm us.

Venue
Blackhawk Museum
Location
Danville, CA
Thu October 17, 2024
@ 7:00 pm

Vincent J. Musi – Photographer

Join us for a night of humor and insight, as veteran Nat Geo Photographer Vincent J. Musi takes us through 30 years of documentary photography and inside the world of animal cognition—showing us that everything we learn about animals teaches us everything we don’t know about ourselves.

Venue
Blackhawk Museum
Location
Danville, CA
Fri November 8, 2024
@ 8:00 pm

Jean Fruth – Sports Photographer

In a league of her own…as one of the few women to cover the Majors, Jean Fruth brings a fresh perspective to America’s favorite pastime.

Venue
Bank of America Performing Arts Center
Location
Thousand Oaks, CA
Tue November 12, 2024
@ 7:30 pm

Albert Lin – Explorer

Scientist/Engineer Albert Lin has dedicated his life to uncovering the lost relics of our past—from the Mongolian plains to the Maya jungle—combining cutting-edge technology with vivid storytelling to piece together the forgotten fragments of our humanity.

Venue
The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Location
Appleton, WI
Thu November 21, 2024
@ 7:00 pm

Anand Varma – Photographer

From the life cycle of a honeybee to the lightning-fast hummingbird, discover the hidden worlds just beyond our perception. Step into a world of wonder with biologist-turned-photographer Anand Varma as he unlocks the mysteries of nature through cutting-edge photography techniques.

Venue
Blackhawk Museum
Location
Danville, CA