National Geographic and The Great Courses Expand Partnership to National Geographic Live

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National Geographic has announced an expanded partnership with The Great Courses, the leading developer of video and audio courses in the United States, to National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series. The Great Courses will serve as the presenting sponsor of National Geographic Live, helping to make the series possible in select cities throughout the 2017-2018 season.

National Geographic and The Great Courses have partnered on various endeavors since 2013, including eight National Geographic branded courses. Among these courses are “The Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography” with National Geographic photographers Michael Melford and Tim Laman, “Wonders of the National Parks” with National Geographic Expedition’s Director of Programming Ford Cochran, and “Fundamentals of Photography” with National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore as well as other courses focused on science and photography. The courses are also available through the new platform The Great Courses Plus, which offers subscriptions to a library of over 4,000 hours of content.

“National Geographic is proud to extend our partnership with The Great Courses to National Geographic Live events,” said Yulia Boyle, Senior Vice President, International Publishing and Experiences for National Geographic Partners. “Through this unique collaboration we will connect our National Geographic Live audiences to enriching educational material that will deepen their understanding of the world and further support their love of learning.”

“We believe in the transformative power of premium education experiences and our mission is to empower lifelong learning,” said Cale Pritchett, Vice President of Marketing for The Great Courses. “National Geographic has been a leader in lifelong learning and exploration for over 120 years and we are thrilled to be part of the National Geographic Live events.”

Today, National Geographic and The Great Courses launched a brand-new course “The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America.” Taught by birding expert James Currie, the new course introduces learners to the joys of birding and bird identification through 24 engaging lectures. The course uses the upcoming National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition, on sale September 12, 2017, which is part of National Geographic’s bestselling guides, as a foundation and reference.

National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. Its broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers share their behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage to audiences throughout the United States and abroad. For more information on National Geographic Live, and other National Geographic events, please visit

About The Great Courses Plus

The Great Courses Plus is a subscription-based video-on-demand service offering members unlimited access to more than 8,000 lectures online through computers, televisions, and mobile devices. The service is one of the latest offerings from The Great Courses, the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Delivered in engaging, expertly-produced video and audio formats, these meticulously crafted courses provide access to a world of knowledge from accomplished professors and experts. The content-rich, proprietary library includes more than 600 titles—14,000 lectures—each of which are designed to expand horizons, deepen understanding, and foster a love of learning. Course subjects incorporate the arts, science, literature, self-improvement, history, music, philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, business, professional advancement, and personal development. Creating unique learning experiences since 1990, The Great Courses and The Great Courses Plus are the premier brands of The Teaching Company Sales, LLC of Chantilly, Virginia, which is owned by Los Angeles-based Brentwood Associates. More information can be found at or

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit or, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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