Fall 2014 Theme: James Balog

James Balog

Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize for Global Environmental Activism recipient James Balog. Photo courtesy of Extreme Ice Survey.

This fall, One College One Community kicks off with conversations around Chasing Ice, a documentary about James Balog, recipient of the 2014 Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism.

We’re bringing the conversation to you

  • #dsonbalog: Post to Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #dsonbalog and share your comments! Use this to to submit questions for the live stream. You can also e-mail questions to dson1college@dickinson.edu.

  • Free Community Screening and Discussion of Chasing Ice
    Carlisle Theatre
    7:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Sept. 20
    Dickinson will host a Chasing Ice discussion and viewing party during Homecoming & Family Weekend at the Carlisle Theatre. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission (James Balog) to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of a trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multiyear record of the world’s changing glaciers. Chasing Ice depicts Balog on his journey to deliver evidence and hope. A question and answer session with Dickinson faculty, staff, and students will follow the 75-minute film.

  • Regional events, discussions with faculty and students and watch parties: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. Learn more

  • Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers, Photographs by James Balog,
    Sept. 20 through Dec. 5
    Waidner-Spahr Library
    Visitors are welcome to the free exhibit featuring 15 color photographs, Extreme Ice Survey's time-lapse video loop file and informational panels. Visitors are welcome during Library's open hours of operation.

  • Public Lecture, Live Stream and Interactive Discussion
    #DsonBalog
    Tuesday, Sept. 23

    7 p.m.
    James Balog will share the latest photography and image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey. Balog and his team braved treacherous conditions—crevasses, rockslides, avalanches, temperatures down to -40 F. and frigid river crossings. His presentation provides a fascinating exploration of humanity's relationship with nature and a profound understanding of how climate change is affecting our planet. To submit questions for the live stream, e-mail dson1college@dickinson.edu or post to Twitter and Facebook using #dsonbalog.

  • Residency, Sept. 22-23: Balog will be on campus meeting with classes, student leaders, faculty, and co-curricular programs. 

The Center for Sustainability Education has purchased the educational rights and DVD for Chasing Ice (75 minutes), which also include six-, 11-, 23-, and 36-minute versions of the film for use in classes. To reserve use of the DVD, or for information about Balog's residency, contact Lindsey Lyons at lyonsli@dickinson.edu

Interested in hosting a watch party in your area? Contact Liz Glynn Toth ’06, director of alumni relations, at tothe@dickinson.edu, and view the Web Resources.

About James Balog 


For three decades, Balog, who founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) and Earth Vision Trust, has been at the forefront of merging art and science and giving a “visual voice” to the planet’s changing ecosystems. To reveal the impact of climate change, Balog and his team undertook the most wide-ranging, ground-based photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. Learn more.


James Balog received the 2014 Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism at Commencement on Sunday, May 18. The prize was created to focus attention on the need to reduce the impact of human lives on the planet, particularly given the rising population predictions for this century, and Balog is the third recipient. Learn more