Looking at the World with Wonder: How Adopting a Child’s Perspective of the World Could Help Save It

Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series

Join Jeff Mauritzen on a photographic journey that begins in his own backyard, then expands across continents and around the globe. You’ll discover how looking at the world in wonder, as most children do, can inspire us to be better environmental stewards—a lesson Mauritzen has learned through his own experiences as a father.

Child WonderThrough visual storytelling, Mauritzen invites you to awaken your inner child and remember that we need to do more than just experience places and wildlife before they disappear: we must work to protect them. As astronomer Carl Sagan once said, “We have an obligation to fight for life on Earth—not just for ourselves but for all those, humans and others, who came before us and to whom we are beholden, and for all those who, if we are wise enough, will come after.”

Jeff Mauritzen is a seasoned and popular photography expert, guiding and lecturing on natural history-focused trips for National Geographic Expeditions. His adventures have immersed him in vivid landscapes in all 7 continents and more than 60 countries around the world. Whether capturing 360-degree panoramas of wildlife along an African savanna or photographing sharks in the Pacific depths, Jeff’s work expresses an unwavering passion, respect, curiosity, and awe for the natural world. An avid traveler and explorer, Jeff has lived in Venezuela and Ireland, as well as at sea aboard seven different ships. His photography is represented by National Geographic Creative and has appeared in over a dozen National Geographic books, in a recent issue of National Geographic Traveller magazine and numerous publications including the New York Times, Ranger Rick Magazine, Lonely Planet and BBC Travel. When not on an assignment, Jeff can be found at home in Loudoun County, Virginia, with his wife, daughter and rescue greyhound.

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