James Balog

James Balog

Earth in Sight: Ideas and Images to Inspire Individual and Social Action


James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey is a monumental and stunning look at the impact that climate change is having on the world’s glaciers. Shocked by the changes he saw while shooting the June 2007 National Geographic cover story on melting glaciers, Balog, who has a graduate degree in geomorphology, founded the most wide-ranging glacier study ever conducted using innovative time-lapse video and conventional photography at sites in Alaska, Greenland, Iceland and the northern U.S. Rockies. For nearly 30 years, Balog has broken new ground in the art of photographing nature. He has received numerous awards, including the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure, the first-ever International League of Conservation Photographers Award for Conservation Photography, the Aspen Institute’s Visual Arts & Design Award and the North American Nature Photography Association’s “Outstanding Photographer of the Year” award. His photographs have been exhibited at more than a hundred museums and galleries from Paris to Los Angeles. Balog is the author of seven books, the most recent of which is Extreme Ice Now: Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report, released by National Geographic Books in March 2009. His images are regularly published in The New Yorker, National Geographic, Life, American Photo, Vanity Fair, Sierra, Audubon, and Outside, and he is a contributing editor for National Geographic Adventure. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Geoffrey O. Seltzer Lecture in The College of Arts and Sciences. Balog will also speak to local junior high school students the following morning at Hendricks Chapel.

Reduced-rate parking for the event is available in the Irving Avenue parking garage.

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