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Stories From the World

Photograph by Tony Whitehead

  • July 19, 2018

  • 5:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Regular $20.00

  • National Geographic Campus

About this Event

Hear from some of the inspiring new voices at National Geographic: the 2017-18 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows just back from a year spent in field. Learn about the endangered seabirds of New Zealand with Abby McBride, the aquatic insect world of glacial Chile with Isaí Madriz, children refugees who fled the Spanish Civil War in 1937 with Destry Sibley, the story of religious identity in Kyrgyzstan with Toby Cox, and Taiwan’s vibrant culture of sustainability with Lilly Sedaghat.


Photograph by Edin Whitehead

Abby McBride


Sketch biologist ABBY MCBRIDE once harbored aspirations of being a Victorian-era naturalist explorer. Adapting her career goals to the 21st century, she now travels globally to sketch wildlife and write multimedia stories about science and conservation. As a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow in New Zealand, home to the most diverse and endangered seabirds in the world, Abby is reporting on extraordinary efforts to reverse centuries of human-caused harm to penguins, prions, storm-petrels, shearwaters, shags, gulls, gannets, mollymawks, and more. Through art and digital media she aims to convey a sense of the beauty, fascination, and importance of seabirds, which are quickly disappearing from seas and shores worldwide. Abby is based on the Maine coast and has degrees in biology and science writing from Williams College and MIT.

Destry Maria Sibley


DESTRY MARIA SIBLEY is a freelance writer, media producer, and educator. As a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, she is traveling throughout Mexico collecting the stories of Los Niños de Morelia, a group of child refugees who fled the Spanish Civil War and settled in Mexico in 1937. Destry’s grandmother was among this group of children, and it is her grandmother's personal experience of flight, exile, and assimilation that has motivated Destry to learn more about the lives of child refugees—historically and in the present.

Photograph courtesy of Destry Sibley

Photograph by Anand  Varma

Isaí Madriz


R. ISAÍ MADRIZ, Ph.D., is an entomologist and zoologist with expertise in the freshwater aquatic insects of Patagonia. As a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, he is telling the story of deglaciation of the Northern Patagonia Ice Field, focusing on its vanishing aquatic insect diversity through images and stories of exploration, science, and human connections. He combines hiking, bikepacking, and packrafting to transect unexplored areas and secluded fjords in search of some of the rarest insects on the planet. His low-carbon-footprint approach uses renewable energy sources to capture never-before-seen footage of remote glacial outlets and hidden valleys of wild Patagonia. Through these methods, Isaí is documenting the largely unknown endemic aquatic insect fauna of the vital Aysén region of Chile before its biodiversity is transformed forever.

Lilly Sedaghat


LILLY SEDAGHAT is a Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow documenting Taiwan’s waste management system and innovations in plastics and electronics recycling. She hopes to inspire conscious consumerism—the realization that every choice we make affects the environment—and spark a global discussion on trash with the hashtag MyWasteMyWay. Using visual art and digital media to promote environmental education, she aims to transform people’s perceptions of trash from something disposable to something valuable. Lilly received her B.A. in political economy from UC Berkeley and is an avid freestyle dancer.

Randall Scott

Photograph by Randall Scott

Toby Cox


Toby A. Cox is a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow exploring the story of Islam and religious identity in Kyrgyzstan. Through interviews and observations, she has gained insight into how Kyrgyzstan’s culture and historical experiences with nomadism, Islam, and Soviet rule intersect to create a religious landscape, fascinating in its complexity. She uses storytelling (writing, photos, videos, and interactive maps) to educate people on this topic, while also shedding light onto the diversity of Muslim identity across cultural boundaries. Toby studied foreign affairs and Middle Eastern languages at the University of Virginia and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Jordan and Kyrgyzstan.

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