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Grosvenor Lecture Series

The Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture Series is an annual event that features prominent geographers and public figures to whom geographic education has great meaning.

Gary Knell

Gary Knell

Gary E. Knell is the President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, where he oversees the Society’s vast nonprofit activities globally. He also serves on the board of National Geographic Partners, the Society’s for-profit arm that oversees all of National Geographic’s storytelling assets, including television, print and digital, and ancillary operations, which include travel expeditions. A member of the Society’s Board of Trustees since April 2013, Knell also has served on the Board of Governors of the National Geographic Education Foundation since November 2003.



The Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education is proud to host its 

18th Annual Distinguished Lecture

Gary Knell

CEO and President of National Geographic Society

“Generation Geography”


The challenges facing our world are growing increasingly complex. And while technological advances offer solutions, they often cause disruption and disconnections. Now, more than ever, students’ need to understand the importance of human and physical geography – how people interact with the environment and each other. Cultivating global awareness among these digital-savvy learners can help them become “Generation Geography,” a community of socially conscious and informed changemakers striving to achieve a planet in balance.

2015 Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture featuring Mr. Jesse Luxton