Topic: Speakers

September 16, 2008

Ball State University will host a live interview with the world's pre-eminent field biologist and recipient of the 2008 Indianapolis Prize, George Schaller.

"A Life in the Wild: A Conversation with George Schaller" will be broadcast live in front of a studio audience on select PBS stations and simulcast worldwide over the Internet at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 from the Ball Communication Building. To receive more information or register for the webcast, visit

The one-on-one interview with Schaller offers a rare chance to hear this intrepid scientist share his passion for endangered species and the environment. The hourlong conversation will delve into his exciting adventures of animal research and conservation. Schaller's own rich photography and video pieces will introduce segments of the show including his groundbreaking research on Serengeti lions, giant pandas, mountain gorillas and the Tibetan antelope.

Schaller was awarded the $100,000 Indianapolis Prize - the world's leading award for animal conservation - for his numerous successes, including the development of 15 wildlife reserves around the world, such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Chang Tang Wildlife Reserve in Tibet, and an international peace park in the four corners of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Tajikistan, where war has harmed wildlife conservation efforts. He is the author of more than 220 popular and scientific articles and 16 books.

The program will conclude with a question-and-answer session from the studio audience as well as outside viewers. The program is free and available to the general public, but seating is limited. The program will be offered on WIPB-TV in east central Indiana, WFYI in Indianapolis and on most Indiana PBS affiliate stations.

Anyone with video streaming capabilities can participate in the simulcast online. University and high school faculty can also register for special high throughput video streams that would allow for an entire class to view the simulcast. Limited space remains available.