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“Digital Identity” is the focus of Chautauqua Institution's Week Six

August 1, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CHAUTAUQUA - The morning lectures of Week Six, "Digital Identity," at Chautauqua will begin on Monday, July 30 as they explore the physiological, cultural and psychological consequences of living digitally as well as how online presence shapes the concept of self, demands for privacy and the way we relate to one another.

Sherry Turkle kicks off the morning lectures on Monday at 10:45 a.m. in the Amphitheater. Turkle is the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.

On Tuesday, July 31 chief digital officer at NBC News, Vivian Schiller, will give the morning lecture. Schiller leads the digital strategy for both NBC News and MSNBC.

Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics at Arizona State University, Braden Allenby is the morning lecturer on Wednesday. He is the founding director of the Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management at Arizona State, and the founding chair of the Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations, and National Security.

Taking the stage on Thursday, Aug. 2 is Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, The Washington Post and Commentary.

The morning lecture on Friday will be given by Andrew Zolli, executive director and curator of PopTech, an elite annual gathering of thought leaders that explores the social impact of technology.

The Interfaith Lecture Series of Week Six begins with senior religion editor for The Huffington Post, Reverend Paul Raushenbush. The afternoon theme is "The Life of Faith and the Digital Age" and Raushenbush gives the week's first lecture at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy on Monday. Lecturing on Tuesday is Reverend Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Anne Foerst will give the interfaith lecture on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Foerst is an associate professor of computer science at St. Bonaventure University. Previously she worked as a research scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Thursday's lecturer is Verity A. Jones, project director of the New Media Project and Research Fellow at Union Theological Seminary.

Week Six's Interfaith Lecture Series ends on Friday with a lecture by Rachel Wagner, assistant professor of religion and culture at Ithaca College.

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 and afternoon passes - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. - are $30. For additional ticketing information, visit or call 716-357-6250.

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, visit



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