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Chautauqua Institution partners in Week Four with National Geographic

July 25, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CHAUTAUQUA - Chautauqua Institution and National Geographic team up this week to explore the world of water, locally and globally, discussing topics from availability, conservation and health concerns to consideration of all the living matter that we share this essential resource.

Brian Skerry gives the morning lecture Thursday, July 19. Skerry is an award-winning photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998, he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine. His photographs are also featured in the Ocean Soul visual arts exhibition at Chautauqua Institution, on display from June 24 to July 23 in Strohl Art Center.

The last morning lecturer of Week Four is Don Belt, writer and editor of National Geographic Magazine. In the past three decades, Belt has traveled to 65 countries and covered topics such as environmental degradation, vanishing cultures and the effects of global climate change. He takes the stage Friday, July 20.

Week Four's Interfaith Lecture Series, held at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy, will have Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University, as Thursday's lecturer.

Week Four's Interfaith Lecture Series comes to a close Friday with American adventurer, Katie Spotz. With a passion to provide clean water for all people of the world, Spotz currently works for Kinetico Incorporated, a water treatment company, as a clean water advocate. She is the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to have swum the entire length of the Allegheny River in New York and Pennsylvania.

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General information

Morning lectures are held in the Amphitheater weekdays at 10:45 a.m. Afternoon/Interfaith lectures are held in the Hall of Philosophy weekdays at 2 p.m. Afternoon lecture themes coordinate with the themes of the 10:45 a.m. lectures, but take a different angle of vision.

Day tickets are available for purchase at the Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office on the day of your visit. Morning tickets grant visitors access to the grounds for $18 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For $12, afternoon tickets grant access from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Combined morning/afternoon passes - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. - are $30. For additional ticketing information, visit or call 357-6250.

Tickets for Amphitheater performances are $40. On Community Appreciation Nights, ticket prices are reduced to $18 and Family Entertainment Series performances held in Smith Wilkes Hall are free.

For additional ticketing information, visit or call 357-6250.

Chautauqua Institution is a summer community located in southwestern New York State on Chautauqua Lake. It offers a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship, educational programs and recreational activities. Each summer the Institution hosts over 2,200 events and 100,000 guests. For more information please visit,



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