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‘Chasing Ice’ Photographer James Balog to Discuss Climate Change

When a piece of glacier three miles wide-roughly the size of lower Manhattan-is caught on video falling apart into the ocean, people take notice. That event, the largest glacier calving ever caught on camera, is featured in Chasing Ice, a documentary film that follows photographer James Balog on his quest to capture film evidence of the shrinking of Arctic glaciers.

The Duquesne University Beard Institute will host Balog on campus on Friday, April 4, to screen Chasing Ice and provide insight on climate change made evident through his research. Co-sponsored by the Heinz Awards, the screening and discussion will be held at 8 a.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

Balog is the founder of the Extreme Ice Survey, a long-term photographic study of Arctic glaciers that examines the effects of global climate change on landscapes. Using 30 time-lapse cameras on three continents, Balog and his team compress years of video footage into seconds to reveal the disappearance of mountains of ice. Through this work, Balog has witnessed the changing planet firsthand.

"James Balog has a message about respecting the environment that is meaningful," said Bill O'Rourke, executive director of the Beard Institute. "What he has to share is eye-opening, but it inspires us to live sustainably in a way that respects our natural resources."

A decorated photographer and avid mountaineer, Balog has been featured in National Geographic, on PBS's NOVA, in The New Yorker, Life, American Photo and Vanity Fair, and his work has been exhibited in more than 100 museums and galleries.

In addition, the Beard Institute's Green to Gold award will be presented to American Express during the event. The annual award recognizes an American company that demonstrates commercial success in sustainable business practices.

Registration for the event is $45 per person and $25 for students. The cost includes a buffet breakfast. Reservations can be made by visiting www.duq.edu/chasing-ice or calling 412.396.5259.


Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.