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James Balog

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


One College One Community kicks off during Homecoming & Family Weekend with a free screening of "Chasing Ice"

Dickinson will launch the new One College One Community initiative with a free screening of Chasing Ice Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Theatre as part of Homecoming & Family Weekend. The 75-minute documentary details Rose-Walters Prize recipient James Balog's effort to gather undeniable evidence of our changing planet by conducting the most wide-ranging, ground-based photographic study of glaciers ever conducted.

One College One Community brings together alumni, parents, faculty and current students to consider a common theme. James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey was chosen as the fall 2014 theme, and in addition to the screening, the Dickinson community will have the chance to discuss Balog's work, climate change and the art of nature photography through a series of campus and regional events.

One College One Community Events 

Community Screening and Discussion of Chasing Ice
Saturday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Carlisle Theatre, 44 West High St.
Free and Open to the Public
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
Dickinson will host discussions with faculty and students in Baltimore, Central Pennsylvania, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Learn more.

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

Public Lecture, Live Stream and Interactive Discussion
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
James Balog will share the latest photography and image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey. Balog and his team braved treacherous conditions—crevasses, rock slides, 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. Watch the live stream (lecture begins at 7 p.m.). To submit questions for the live stream, e-mail or post to Twitter and Facebook using #dsonbalog. 

James Balog Residency
Sept. 22-23

Balog will be on campus meeting with classes, student leaders, faculty and co-curricular programs. 

To interact with the wider world during the events, post to Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #dsonbalog. You also can use this hashtag to submit questions for the live stream (see below), or e-mail your questions to

The Center for Sustainability Education has purchased the educational rights and DVD for Chasing Ice (75 minutes), which includes 6-, 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

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.




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.

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Published September 17, 2014