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Public Lecture Series with William Rom, M.D.

Rafting the Alsek River

The Alsek River crosses the largest non-polar icecap in the world, and is directly in the crosshairs of Global Warming. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage BioSphere, consisting of the Kluane National Park, Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park, and Glacier Bay and Wrangell-St. Elias National Parks in the U.S.

Dr. William Rom FR'91 will describe endless rapids, portaging 8 miles over Turnback Canyon using a helicopter and deflated rafts, a profusion of wildflowers, grizzly bears munching on them, with bald eagles in the sky, and more.

Attendee will learn about global warming effects in the area, with large moraine lakes, receding and shrinking glaciers, large outbreaks of spruce budworm killing mature forests, and spring wildflowers feeding world’s largest grizzly population. The talk will also feature wilderness appreciation with mountain beauty, rafting adventurous rapids, and imbuing wilderness preservation values over-extractive mining industries.

Dr. Rom is a wilderness guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park having visited more than 2000 lakes chronicled in his book Canoe Country Wilderness published by Voyageur Press in 1987. He has canoed the major Arctic Rivers including the Albany, Churchill, Back and South Nahanni. He is a Fellow in The Explorers Club since 1992.

He teaches Climate Change in the NYU College of Global Public Health and has authored two books on the subject: Environmental Policy and Public Health: Air Pollution, Global Climate Change, and Wilderness (Jossey-Bass 2012) and Global Climate Change and Public Health published by Springer. He has been honored as a “Champion of Change” by the White House on his efforts on climate change and public health.

He is an academic physician having directed NYU’s Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and Bellevue Hospital’s Chest Service for 25 years (1989-2015) where he focused on Tuberculosis, AIDS, Lung Cancer and the health effects of World Trade Center dust.

Date: Monday, May 1

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 for students with valid academic ID

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