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Glaciers and climate change

January 26, 2018

Skidmore will screen the documentary The Life & Death of Glaciers on Monday, Jan. 29, followed by a panel discussion. The event, titled "Global Climate, Global Health, and Global Culture in the Anthropocene," will begin at 7 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall.

Chip Duncan
Chip Duncan

The Life & Death of Glaciers, produced by Chip Duncan and originally released by Discovery Education, is the culmination of 25 years of glacial documentation in Alaska's Juneau Icefield and St. Elias Mountains.

The panel will consist of Duncan, climatologist Ben Santer of the Lawrence Livermore Labs, global health expert Hernando Garzon of Kaiser Permanente and postcolonial scholar Bina Gogineni of Skidmore's English Department.

Duncan has spent more than three decades as a documentarian, writer and still photographer. His company has created more than 40 long-form documentaries and broadcast series for broadcast, cable and media platforms including PBS, HBO, TLC, Discovery, Showtime, Lifetime and the Sundance Channel.

Santer was a lead scientist for the 1995 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that coined the term "global warming." Garzon has been involved in crisis relief for numerous natural disasters, some of which have a direct link to climate change and the global health risks associated with it. Gogineni has studied human impact on Earth's health from historical, political, and cultural perspectives.

The event will be free and open to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. The screening is sponsored by the Skidmore Geosciences Department, Environmental Studies and Sciences Department, Health and Human Physiological Sciences Department, Dean of Faculty Office and the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS).

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