Week Eight: August 10–17, 2024
Every summer Chautauqua Institution welcomes over 100,000 visitors, to celebrate community and prioritize personal growth. Many travel here to relax, renew and recharge on the shores of Chautauqua Lake. Join us for our historic 150 anniversary season and see for yourself why Chautauqua was, and continues to be, a cherished destination. Keep scrolling to explore Week Eight’s Theme: Water: Crisis, Beauty and Necessity: A Week in Partnership with National Geographic.
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Chautauqua Lecture Series
Water: Crisis, Beauty and Necessity
A Week in Partnership with National Geographic
As an elemental force, water’s reach touches everything. We are mostly water — even down to our bones — and the planet we call home is mostly covered by water. It is vital to life, and to our way of life. And yet, water across the globe is increasingly polluted, increasingly scarce and, in a twist of irony, increasingly abundant, with extreme flooding as the most immediately destructive effect of climate change. While water covers two-thirds of Earth’s surface, by 2025 two-thirds of Earth’s population will live in water-scarce areas. As the world seeks out ever-more creative — and desperate — solutions for access to clean water, what global approaches and agreements can be enacted for equitable access to our most precious natural resource? How can we turn the tide before chances of addressing the global water crisis evaporate?
Marine biologist, virtual reality filmmaker and CEO of the nonprofit organization The Hydrous, Erika Woolsey opens the week on Monday, Aug. 12, 2024, to discuss ocean science, education, virtual reality and design. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2024, a panel of National Geographic Explorers share their work examining water issues around the world. Marc Bierkens is professor of hydrology in the Department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University, whose current research focuses on understanding the global water cycle and how this is impacted by climate change and human water use. Malin Fezehai is an Eritrean/Swedish New York-based photographer, filmmaker and visual reporter who was among National Geographic Society’s and The Climate Pledge’s 2023 cohort of grant recipients for her work examining human adaptations to sea level rise and the experiences of people permanently living on water. Working across South Asia, environmental photographer, artist and writer Arati Kumar-Rao chronicles anthropogenic changes in landscapes and their fallouts on livelihood and culture — and how drastically depleting groundwater, habitat destruction and land acquisition for industry devastates biodiversity and shrinks common lands, displacing millions and pushing species toward extinction. Advocates of plastic pollution prevention Agustina “Tati” Besada and Rachael Zoe Miller speak Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2024, sharing their work in entrepreneurship, science and conservation. Besada is a sustainability entrepreneur and co-founder of Unplastify, a social enterprise on a mission to change the human relationship with plastic, accelerating systemic change to minimize the use of single-use plastic. Miller is founder of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, a nonprofit addressing marine debris through cleanup, education, innovation and solutions-based research. On Thursday, Aug. 15, 2024, ice core scientist Alison Criscitiello shares her work focusing on environmental contaminant histories in ice cores from the Canadian high Arctic and the water towers of the Canadian Rockies. To close the week Friday, Aug 16, 2024, photographer and co-director of Andromède Océanologie Laurent Ballesta will discuss the unique underwater explorations that aim to discover the marine world and to unite a large audience around a triple challenge: solving a scientific mystery, carrying out extreme dives, and collecting new and unique images.
2024 Hotel Specials
August 13 @ 10:45 am Week Eight (August 10–17)
Amphitheater | CHQ Assembly
August 14 @ 10:45 am Week Eight (August 10–17)
Amphitheater | CHQ Assembly
Interfaith Lecture Series
Water: A Metaphor for Life
Water is essential to all life, sustaining and necessary for any growth, movement, or thriving. We are nurtured in the water of the womb, and we rely on water every day of our lives to survive. It is no surprise that this results in a powerful association with the holy — water conveys purity, mediates transitions, and serves to remind us of the movement of spirit through our lives. From the Ganges to the Jordan, flowing water plays an important part in many religious traditions, and rituals of purification and offering involving water are part of many practices. How do we understand this essential element, in practice and as a primary metaphor for life?
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The arts can sometimes bridge differences and illuminate perspectives as no other method can. Artistic expressions at Chautauqua — including professional and pre-professional offerings in classical and contemporary music, theater, opera, dance, visual arts and literary arts — aim to inspire, educate, entertain and engage a diverse and growing audience.
Places to Stay
If you love the events you see in Week Eight, ensure you have accommodations. Space on the ground is limited, and accommodations go fast find reservations at the Hotel or Private Accommodations.
Dining & Shopping
Make your Chautauqua experience memorable! Share a delicious meal at one of our many restaurants. Or take piece of Chautauqua home with you from our unique shops.