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Screening of film about one man’s quest to document climate change; Chasing Ice to be shown February 12, 2014

The film, Chasing Ice will be shown as part of Darwin Days programming at Vassar College. The screening will take place on Wednesday, February 12 at 7 pm in the Nora Ann Wallace ’73 Auditorium of Blodgett Hall. This screening is sponsored by the Departments of Earth Science and Geography, Anthropology, Biology, the Urban Studies Program and the Warthin Museum of Natural History. The event is free and open to the public.

Directed by Jeff Orlowski, Chasing Ice is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. After going on assignment to Iceland for National Geographic in 2005, photographer James Balog conceived of the Extreme Ice Project to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Balog set up time-lapse camera equipment across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. The resulting videos compress years into minutes. Balog battled untested technology, subzero conditions and his own limitations to capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

Chasing Ice was nominated for an Academy Award and won honors for cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film was also screened at the White House on Earth Day 2013.

Now in its sixth year, Darwin Days is celebrated at Vassar to encourage collaborations between the arts and the sciences. In previous years we have celebrated with trips to the American Museum of Natural History, performances by nationally known actors, community participation in the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef and hosting speakers on topics of religion, evolution and early science. 

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Vassar is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, January 31, 2014