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Earth Week 2014 Schedule

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Tuesday, April 15

James Balog (Chasing Ice) Lecture

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Schwab Auditorium

SPA Distinguished Speaker Series invites you to attend a lecture by award-winning environmental photographer: James Balog. Free tickets are available for students and the public in 223 HUB and from 11-2pm Mon-Fri on the first floor of the HUB.

Balog's most recent work was featured in 'Chasing Ice', which focuses on his project Extreme Ice Survey, the most extensive study of glaciers to date. The noteworthy documentary won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival & was screened to top officials in Congress. You can see his photographs in major magazines including: The New Yorker & National Geographic.

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Saturday, April 19th

Polar Day

Multiple events - all day

Only three people in the world have crossed Antarctica alone, and only one was a woman. Author and explorer Felicity Aston, the first woman to cross Antarctica alone, will speak at Penn State during Polar Day 2014.

Penn State University’s Polar Day, a free public event celebrating the natural and cultural value of the Polar Regions. Polar Day will be held at Penn State University Park in the HUB Freeman Auditorium on Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event also includes a lecture on rapid change in the Arctic by Julienne Stroeve, PhD, a data sonification performance by Matt Kenney, a graduate student in the Penn State School of Visual Arts, and Mark Ballora, PhD, associate professor of music technology in the Penn State School of Music; a lecture titled “Archaeology on Ice," by James Dixon, PhD; a showing of the documentary “People of a Feather;" a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) demonstration; a raffle for a free copy of James Balog’s book “Chasing Ice;” a graduate student poster competition; and an exhibition of the “Best Polar Image,” a competition among Penn State undergraduate and graduate students.

Free parking will be available at the HUB parking deck, and coffee and snacks will be served throughout the day. Polar Day 2014 is sponsored by the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, the Penn State Eberly College of Science and the Penn State Polar Center.

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Tuesday, April 22nd

Growing Cities film screening

6:30 p.m. - 121 Sparks Building

This Earth Day, you are invited to a special screening and panel discussion of the award-winning documentary film, “Growing Cities.” This film examines the role of urban farming in America, the power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.

Come and hear the filmmaker and director of the documentary, Dan Susman, as he joins in a discussion with agriculture and food experts from Penn State as well as community members.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come basis.

Parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck. For a university map, click here.

For Google driving directions, click here.

Growing Cities Trailer from Growing Cities Movie on Vimeo. The trailer for the upcoming documentary, Growing Cities, a film about two young men's journey across America to learn about urban agriculture and how it is revitalizing cities one animal, vegetable, and chicken at a time.