The respected scientist reveals how deep empathy, deep eloquence and deep endurance are essential to art and science and our emotional well-being.
Joe MacInnis is a physician, scientist and storyteller. His pioneering undersea science and engineering projects earned him his nation’s highest honor, the Order of Canada. The first person to explore the ocean beneath the North Pole, he was among the first to dive to the Titanic. He’s spent six thousand hours studying human performance beneath the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans and has worked with the U.S. Navy, the French and Canadian governments and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Recently, he was medical advisor on the $30-million James Cameron-National Geographic seven-mile science dive into the Mariana Trench. Today, Dr. MacInnis studies leadership and mentorship in high risk environments — and how empathy, eloquence and endurance give shape and meaning to life.
In his dramatic, visually-driven presentation, he’ll take you on a personal tour of the cold and deep ocean, starting with his first-ever dives under the ice at the geographic North Pole. You’ll see him and James Cameron on a $14-million Disney expedition deep under the Atlantic Ocean filming volcanic vents and their bizarre communities of life. He’ll show how images recorded in the interior of Titanic changed the way we think about extreme depths, and give a behind-the-scenes look at the team and technology that led to Cameron’s successful seven-mile descent into the Mariana Trench.
Dr. MacInnis has spent time on the set of Cameron’s “Avatar 2.” He suggests that the ocean-inspired “Avatar” series may be the most important environmental films ever made.
The Esther B. O’Keeffe Speaker Series features notable speakers from the fields of politics, culture and the media. Lectures take place January through March on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Book signings, when offered, are held in the O’Keeffe Gallery Building following the lecture, and are available to the public at no charge.