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The Eberly College of Science is pleased to welcome James Balog, an internationally renowned photographer, Emmy Award-winning documentarian, explorer, environmentalist, and founder and president of Earth Vision Institute to the State Theatre on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. Balog will speak at the public event about his career documenting human modification of nature and his most recent film, The Human Element.


The talk is intended for a broad community audience, with proceeds from the ticket sales funding a Student Sustainability Award in the college. Tickets can be purchased at the State Theatre or online.

Students with ID: $7.00 (includes fee)
All others: $18.00 (includes fee)

For 40 years, Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of nature. An avid mountaineer with a graduate degree in geography and geomorphology, he is equally at home on a Himalayan peak or a whitewater river, the African savannah, or polar icecaps. His film, The Human Element, is an innovative and visually stunning look at how humanity interacts with earth, air, fire, and water. Its world premiere was at the San Francisco Film Festival in April 2018.

View the film

The film is available to view on several streaming platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and many others. Individuals with a Penn State ID can access the film online for free.

A film screening hosted by the United Nations Association chapter at Penn State is also scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 24 at 7:00 p.m. in 26 Hosler.

For more information, please see the State Theatre Event web page.

Questions about the event may be directed to Lynne O’Cain or Mary Beth Williams.