Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya

Thursday, March 7
Dana Auditorium

Storm Over Everest

A presentation by David Breashears, GlacierWorks, & Orville Schell P’13 &’14, Asia Society

The Himalaya are home to the world’s most magnificent peaks and thousands of high-altitude glaciers. These important glaciers supply crucial seasonal flows to rivers across Asia, yet many are disappearing at an increasing rate. “Rivers of Ice” presents recent photographs by mountaineer and photographer David Breashears of the world’s least studied glaciers alongside archival images taken over the past century by the world’s greatest alpine photographers. The comparison starkly reveals the alarming loss of ice during the intervening years.

David Breashears is an accomplished filmmaker, explorer, author, mountaineer and professional speaker. He is also the founder and Executive Director of GlacierWorks, a non-profit organization that uses art, science and adventure to raise public awareness about the consequences of climate change in the Greater Himalayan Region. Over the past six years, GlacierWorks has undertaken 13 expeditions to the Greater Himalaya to document the current state of its glaciers. Since 1978, Breashears has combined his skills in climbing and filmmaking to complete more than forty film projects. In 1983, Breashears transmitted the first live television pictures from the summit of Mount Everest, and in the spring of 2004 reached the summit of Mount Everest for the fifth time while shooting his film Storm Over Everest.

Orville Schell, the former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, was recently appointed by the Asia Society as the Arthur Ross Director to set up its new Center on US China Relations in New York City. The Center is now working on a number of new projects to strengthen Sino-US relations, including the Initiative on US-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate, a joint partnership with The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, as well as The Brookings Institution, The National Committee on US-China Relations, Environmental Defense and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sponsored by Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs and Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest