A life-long Nebraskan, photographer Joel Sartore has covered everything from the remote Amazon rainforest to beer-drinking, mountain-racing firefighters in the United Kingdom. In addition to his celebrated work for 'National Geographic,' which often focuses on conservation, endangered species, and land use issues, Sartore's work has been featured in 'Time,' 'Life,' 'Newsweek,' 'Sports Illustrated,' and numerous books. Sartore and his career have been the subject of several national broadcasts, including 'National Geographic Explorer,' the 'NBC Nightly News,' NPR's 'Weekend Edition,' and 'CBS Sunday Morning,' as well as an hour-long PBS documentary, 'At Close Range.'
A cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues began in 1988 as part of a mission to promote better understanding of world events and issues by Nebraskans. The Forum seeks out forceful speakers who are committed to the issues they address, seeking balance over the range of its programs rather than in each presentation. The Forum does not endorse the views of the individual speakers nor limit their freedom to express their points of view.