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« Announcing a change in speaker for January 25 »

The Washington Center welcomes Fred Hiebert, archaeologist and Co-Principal Investigator on the Genghis Khan project, as our speaker for the January 25 National Geographic presentation. Previously scheduled speaker, Albert Yu-Min Lin, will not be able to join us that evening due to the imminent arrival of his newest family member! While we are sad that Albert will not be able to join us, we are thrilled to have his colleague provide a unique perspective on the same project.

If you are a current ticket holder for the January 25th event, don’t worry, your ticket is still valid! If you decide, however, that you would rather attend a different event due to the change in speaker, simply give the box office a call and we will transfer your tickets to another event.*

The presentation will still take place as scheduled on January 25th at 7:30 PM on the Washington Center Main Stage. Hiebert will talk about his involvement in the search for Genghis Khan, while showing photos of the amazing adventure. Join us, along with series sponsor REI, in welcoming this new addition to our season!


From National Geographic:

“Archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert has searched for human history in some of the world’s most remote and romantic places for more than 20 years. An expert on the ancient Silk Road, he has excavated sites along this millennia-old path between Europe and Asia.  His findings in a 4,000-year-old city in Turkmenistan made headlines around the world. In 2004 Hiebert rediscovered, catalogued, and returned to the National Museum in Kabul, Afghanistan the treasure trove of 20,000 Bactrian gold pieces that had gone missing during that country’s decades of war and upheaval.  He went on to serve as curator of National Geographic's touring exhibition Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures. He has also searched for submerged civilizations underwater in the Black Sea with Dr. Robert Ballard, in South America's highest body of water, Lake Titicaca, and off the coast of Cuba.

Hiebert completed his doctoral dissertation at Harvard University in 1992. He joined the National Geographic Society as its Archaeology Fellow in 2003.  He also holds active positions with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Institute for Nautical Archaeology, and Robert Ballard's Institute for Exploration.”


*Tickets can only be transferred within the 12-13 Washington Center presented season, and any increase in ticket price must be paid at the time of transfer.