Week Four: July 13–20, 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 Four’s Theme: Eight Billion and Counting: The Future of Humankind in a Crowded World.
Featured Entertainment and Events
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Paul Taylor Dance Company with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra with Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano
Chautauqua School of Dance: Student Gala I
Music School Festival Orchestra – Opening Night
Chautauqua Lecture Series
Eight Billion and Counting: The Future of Humankind in a Crowded World
In November 2022, the world’s population reached 8 billion people — the most of us ever alive at the same moment in our world. That milestone of human development and growth came just 11 years after the previous billion mark, which itself came 12 years after the one prior. While the trend of accelerating growth is projected to plateau, even taper, with a slowing growth rate of humankind, we are still faced with unprecedented strain on our shared resources, both natural and created. What does this mean for our planet and our people? We look for ways to not just survive together, but thrive together — beyond borders and geopolitical constructs, to ensure that every child of the human family can flourish.
Jennifer D. Sciubba is one of the world’s leading experts on demographic trends and their implications; she opens the week on Monday, July 15, 2024, discussing the central themes of her book 8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World.
Interfaith Lecture Series
World Religion and a Shifting Population
While we consider the implications of our growing global population for climate, human rights and civil society, it is instructive to consider the changes in the religious landscape that result from a shifting population. While in the West, religiosity is on the decline by most measures, across the globe we see vibrant and growing religious movements. Together we will learn about the largest and newest expressions of world religion, examine the implications of extremism, and see some of the creative expressions of spirituality that are emerging in light of globalization, interconnection, and social change.
July 15 @ 2:00 pm Week Four (July 13–20)
Hall of Philosophy | CHQ Assembly
Announcement coming soon!
Explore Performing and Visual Arts
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 Four, 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.