An Evening with Sarah Parcak and Josh Gates

A special event hosted by the Archaeological Institute of America

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Bovard Auditorium at the University of Southern California

Meet-and-Greet Reception: 5:30 – 6:15 pm
Main Event: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
After Party: Immediately after Main Event

We are no longer accepting online ticket sales. Tickets will be available at the event venue at the time of the show.

Ticket Options:

  • General Admission - $25 (Student - $15)
  • Reserved Seating with Pre-Event Reception and After Party - $500

The $100 meet-and-greet ticket option has SOLD OUT.

Tickets will not be mailed. The name of the purchaser, and the number and category of tickets purchased, will be on a list at the door of the venue.


Josh Gates and Sarah Parcak

An Evening with Sarah Parcak and Josh Gates will be an entertaining and enlightening event with renowned archaeologist Sarah Parcak and the Discovery Channel’s own Josh Gates, both of whom are Trustees of the Archaeological Institute of America. Sarah and Josh will share stories and insights about their adventures in the field, and their experiences both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. This will be an engaging and highly visual presentation, with time at the end of the event for audience member questions.

Purchase of a general admission ticket provides entry to the main event, which will run from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  If you are interested in having the opportunity to meet Sarah and Josh, you can do so at a pre-event reception from 5:30 - 6:15 pm by purchasing a $100 ticket. At the $100 level, your ticket will also include seating in a reserved area of the auditorium. For those looking to extend their evening, there is the option to attend an exclusive after-party with Sarah and Josh by purchasing a $500 ticket. Along with the after-party, tickets at the $500 level include the pre-event reception and seating in a reserved area of the auditorium for the main event.

Proceeds from this event will go to support the AIA Annual Fund, so you can feel good about supporting the AIA in its mission to excavate, educate, and advocate. With your assistance, the AIA is able provide grants and fellowships to scholars and students, a record 48 this year; help save archaeological sites through our Site Preservation Program; and offer free public lectures through the AIA’s Lecture Program. The Lecture Program allows thousands of people each year to hear about the latest archaeological discoveries. Your support helps us to make these and other programs and outreach initiatives possible.

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By entering the event premises, you understand that you may be photographed, filmed, or videotaped. Any photographs/recordings taken by or on behalf of the Archaeological Institute of America, and all rights associated with them, will belong solely and exclusively to AIA, which shall have the absolute right to copyright, duplicate, reproduce, alter, display, distribute, and/or publish them in any manner, for any purpose, and in any form including, but not limited to, print, electronic, video, and/or internet. 

You hereby waive, release and forever discharge the Archaeological Institute of America, its officers, and employees from and against any and all claims or actions arising out of or resulting from the use of your image. Furthermore, by entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use of your image.


Sarah Parcak is a National Geographic Society Archaeology Fellow, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and winner of the 2016 million-dollar TED Prize. Sarah serves as the founding director of the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Sarah and her husband, Egyptologist Greg Mumford, work together on the Surveys and Excavation Projects in Egypt, which includes archaeological projects in the Delta, Sinai, and pyramid fields regions of Egypt. Sarah has written the first textbook on the field of satellite archaeology, Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology, and has published numerous peer reviewed scientific papers. She is regularly invited to give papers at national and international conferences and symposia. She is also frequently interviewed for national print media (Science, Nature, National Geographic, CNN, BBC). Her research has been featured in two major international BBC-Discovery Channel Documentaries, "Egypt: What Lies Beneath” and "Rome's Lost Empire." Sarah has worked with NASA and the US State Department, and has collaborators across the globe. She has given 150 talks to a range of audiences worldwide. Sarah is an avid fan of “football,” as she played varsity football (aka soccer) for Yale and Cambridge, winning her varsity blue and leading Cambridge to a 4-0 defeat of Oxford in the Varsity Match in 2005 with two goals and two assists. She enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, and learning bluegrass guitar. 



Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer whose unique brand of humor and deep-rooted passion for off-the-map adventure takes him to the farthest corners of the world. Discovery Channel’s hit-series “Expedition Unknown” chronicles Gates as he sets out on a global quest to find the truth behind iconic legends and thrilling archaeological mysteries. In the four-part global event “Expedition Unknown: Search for the Afterlife”, Gates tackles mankind’s ultimate mystery as he investigates ancient rituals, paranormal claims, and cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs on the nature of death and consciousness. Josh will also be helming a two-part special in Israel and Jordan working alongside archaeologists attempting to decipher the Dead Sea Scrolls and to uncover new fragments in remote desert caves. 

An avid scuba diver and photographer, Gates has participated in sub-sea archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean, and his wanderlust has taken him to over 100 countries - from sweltering African deserts to the icy shores of Antarctica. In 2016, Gates won “Best Host” in the CableFax Program Awards for Expedition Unknown, and the series also took home the “Best Educational/Instructional Show” award and in 2018, a Cynopsis TV Award for “Best Reality Series –Travel.” 

Josh holds a degree from Tufts University in Archaeology and is a member of The Explorers Club – a prestigious organization dedicated to the advancement of exploration and field research. He also serves as a trustee on the Governing Board of the Archaeological Institute of America. Josh is the host of “Legendary Locations” on the Travel Channel where he shares the epic tales and secrets of the most storied places on earth, showcasing the ancient legends and folklore that made them famous. Travel Channel also airs episodes of Gates’ popular series, “Josh Gates’ Destination Truth”. He has appeared on the TODAY Show, CNN and a variety of other national television and radio programs. Gates’ adventures are chronicled in his bestselling book, Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter (Simon & Schuster, 2011). 

Gates currently resides with his wife and children in Los Angeles, California and on airport floors around the world. 

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