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National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths to Speak on Campus Nov. 16

Augustana College today announced that Annie Griffiths, one of National Geographic’s first female photographers and an artist known around the globe, will share video, photos and reflections on her life, career and experiences in a discussion titled “Connect with Anybody, Anywhere" at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Kresge Recital Hall.

Admission is free for those with an Augustana ID; $5 for the general public.

Griffiths’ visit coincides with “International Education Week” at Augustana, a collection of programs, meals and discussions that celebrate global diversity.

Griffiths has photographed in more than 100 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem.

In addition to her magazine work, Griffiths is deeply committed to photographing people and places in need around the world. She is Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images a collective of photojournalists who are documenting climate change’s effects on people in need, and the programs that help poor women deal with these effects. Griffiths is a Fellow with The International League of Conservation Photographers.

"Connect with Anybody, Anywhere"
Featuring Annie Griffiths,
National Geographic photographer

- 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16
- Kresge Recital Hall
Free with a valid Augustana ID; $5 for the general public

Griffiths’ work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Stern, TIME and many other publications. With author Barbara Kingsolver, Annie produced "Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands," a book celebrating the last pristine wilderness in North America. Proceeds from the book have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for grassroots land conservation. Last year, Griffiths published "A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel," a photo memoir about balance, and the joy of creating a meaningful life. Her newest book, "Simply Beautiful Photographs" was published in October 2010.

Griffiths has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, the University of Minnesota and the White House News Photographers Association. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with her two children.

The event is sponsored by AIC, UBG and ASA.