UPDATE: Joel Sartore was recently featured on CBS Morning News.

GeoTech – Where Earth, Technology, and Exploration Meet

The GeoTech mission is to provide a forum to inspire and motivate educators in grades K-12 to teach about the Earth – its structure, societies, environments, and their interplay, using a wide range of technologies. The unifying theme of the conference is exploration beyond the classroom and instructional technology. The primary goal of the conference is to make a difference in the lives of the students, the community, and enhance the work of all educators at the local, state, and national level. The conference is now in its 27th year.

The GeoTech Lecture Series

Each school year, Bishop Dunne Catholic School invites nationally and internationally renowned academics, scientists, authors, educators, and specialists who are recognized for their research and contributions to society. These exceptional individuals, thought-leaders, and role models lend their expertise through public lectures, small group discussions, and/or classroom visits.

  • Immaculée Illibagiza, author of Left to Tell, a personal account of the genocide in Rwanda;
  • Sister Mary Immaculee Mukabugato, former Principal of the College of Sainte Marie de Kibuye, Rwanda, who discussed her faith and her experiences of the Rwandan genocide; and
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, who has spent years speaking out against social injustice for two nationally renowned newspapers: The Wall Street Journal and The L.A. Times.

The 2015-2016 Schedule

Featured Speakers

Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, and a 20-year contributor to National Geographic magazine. His hallmarks are a sense of humor and a Midwestern work ethic.

Joel’s assignments have taken him to every continent and to the world’s most beautiful and challenging environments, from the High Arctic to the Antarctic.

Simply put, Joel is on a mission to document endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving.

His interest in nature started in childhood, when he learned about the very last passenger pigeon from one of his mother’s Time-Life picture books. He has since been chased by a wide variety of species, including wolves, grizzlies, musk oxen, lions, elephants, and polar bears.

His first National Geographic assignments introduced him to nature photography and allowed him to see human impact on the environment first-hand.

In his words, “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.”

Joel has written several books, including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, and Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky. His most recent book is Let’s Be Reasonable, a collection of essays from the CBS Sunday Morning Show. All of his books are available through his website or wherever books are sold.

In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Joel has contributed to Audubon Magazine, Geo, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and numerous book projects. Joel and his work have been the subjects of several national broadcasts, including National Geographic’s Explorer, the NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Weekend Edition and an hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range. He is also a contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood.

Joel is always happy to return from his travels around the world to his home in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he lives with his wife Kathy and their three children.

Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006). She is also the author of Mint Snowball (paragraphs); Never in a Hurry and I’ll Ask You Three Times, Are You Okay?, Tales of Driving and Being Driven (essays); Habibi and Going, Going (novels for young readers); Baby Radar and Sitti’s Secrets (picture books), and There Is No Long Distance Now (a collection of very short stories). Other works include several prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers, including Time You Let Me In, This Same Sky, The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems & Paintings from the Middle East, What Have You Lost?, and Transfer. Her collection of poems for young adults entitled Honeybee won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Her most recent novel for children, The Turtle of Oman, was chosen both a Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book and a 2015 Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association.

Naomi Shihab Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress). She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, the Robert Creeley Prize, and "The Betty Prize" from Poets House, for service to poetry, and numerous honors for her children’s literature, including two Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards. In 2011 Nye won the Golden Rose Award given by the New England Poetry Club, the oldest poetry reading series in the country. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her work has been presented on National Public Radio on A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac. She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials including “The Language of Life with Bill Moyers” and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers. She has been affiliated with The Michener Center for writers at the University of Texas at Austin for 20 years and also poetry editor at The Texas Observer for 20 years. In January 2010 Nye was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. She was recently named laureate of the 2013 NSK Neustadt Award for Children’s Literature.

2015-2016 Schedule




Additional Info

Panel Presentation by Human Rights Initiative, non-profit which provides legal and support services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses, advocates for justice and promotes international human rights.


The Refugee Experience, Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Thursday, 11/19/15

10-11 AM: 10-12th graders


HRI Website

Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer focusing on endangered species


His PhotoArk project, documenting endangered species

Thursday, 2/25/16

11:00–11:55 AM: Interact in a Q&A with approx. 30 students (including our Animal Rescue Club members)

12:15–1:15 PM: Lunch and chat with small group of school donors and faculty members

7:00-8:00 PM presentation in auditorium (including visuals) followed by a Q&A and a brief book signing

Info on Sartore

Naomi Shihab Nye, Arab-American Poet and children’s book author

Her fiction writing for children & poetry workshop for older students

Thursday, 4/7/16

10:00–11:00 AM: 6-9th grade presentation:

11:15–12:45 PM: lunch with select faculty and donors

1:30–3:00 PM: High School Poetry Workshop (participants selected by English Dept.)

Brief Bio