National Geographic Live! Award-winning photographers Jodi Cobb & NASA’s Kobie Boykins At the MAC

National Geographic Live!, a series of thought-provoking presentations by today’s leading explorers, scientists and photographers, continues through April 29 at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC), located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage. The remaining presentations include:

*  “Stranger in a Strange Land,” presented by award-winning photographer Jodi CobbWednesday, April 25 with a student matinee at 2 p.m., evening presentation at 7:30 p.m. Cobb will chronicle her path from young photojournalist to world-renowned photographer. One of the first female staff photographers at National Geographic, she is known for breaking through barriers. Often going undercover to reveal hidden societies, Cobb has captured fascinating glimpses of worlds such as Japan’s secret Geisha culture and the cloistered lives of Saudi Arabian women. The 45-minute student matinee incorporates the themes of photography, geography and culture and is recommended for grades 7-12. The 7:30 p.m. 60-70-minute evening presentation includes a post-presentation Q&A.

Tickets: $26 (2 p.m.); $36 (7:30 p.m.)

*  “Exploring Mars,” presented by Kobie Boykins, recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. NASA mechanical engineer Boykins is intimately involved with the planet Mars. As supervisor of the mobility and remote sensing teams for the rover Curiosity, Boykins has monitored headline-making studies, including proof of the former presence of water on Mars indicating that the red planet could have supported life. Boykins, winner of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, will share his boundless enthusiasm for unraveling the mysteries of outer space and recounts the latest exciting chapter of Mars exploration.

Tickets: $36

For tickets or more information about this or any other National Geographic Live! events, visit or call 630.942.4000.

About the MAC

The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355. It houses three indoor performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), the outdoor Lakeside Pavilion, plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information visit, or

The MAC’s 2017-2018 Season is made possible in part with support by The DuPage Foundation, Hilton Lisle/Naperville, Follett, Arts Midwest, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.

Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

“Stranger in a Strange Land” and “Exploring Mars” are supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation.