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Chautauqua Institution partners with the National Geographic Society to explore global hunger

June 28, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Chautauqua Institution has partnered with the National Geographic Society for Week Two, Sunday, June 29, through Saturday, July 5, of 2014 summer season. The morning lectures, themed "Feeding a Hungry Planet," will be held at 10:45 a.m. from Monday to Friday in the Amphitheater. Continuing the discussion, the afternoon Interfaith Lecture Series, "With Economic Justice for All," features expert insight on the crisis as it pertains to political and economical perspectives. The afternoon lectures begin at 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Hall of Philosophy. Both lecture series will offer an in-depth evaluation of the current global food supply chain and the barrier to overcoming poverty.

As the world's population swells and more countries become industrialized, Chautauqua and National Geographic, along with Wegmans, present a week focused on the increasingly stressed global food shortage, a subject the magazine had made into a yearlong series in 2014. Dennis Dimick, National Geographic magazine's executive environmental editor, will lead off the week with photographer Jim Richardson with a visual introduction to the state of the food supply. On Tuesday, Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating, and photographer Amy Toensing will illustrate Americans' relationships with food. Professor of plant pathology Pamela C. Ronald, co-author of Tomorrow's Table, speaks Wednesday on the role of genetically modified foods. For Thursday, Barton Seaver, director of the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Health and the Global Environment, will highlight the important connection between environmental resiliency and human health. To end the week, Jonathan Foley, incoming executive director of the California Academy of Sciences, speaks on sustainability of civilization and the global environment.

Afternoon Interfaith

Lecture Series

Offering sociopolitical and socioeconomic expertise, "With Economic Justice for All," an afternoon lecture series at 2:00 p.m. beginning Monday, June 30, and ending Friday, July 4, will offer thought provoking discussions on the many factors that lead to inequality.

For a comprehensive understanding on the issues, Chautauqua Institution will host accomplished minds, such as:

Peter Edelman is a professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and poverty law and is faculty director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. On the faculty since 1982, he has also served in all three branches of government. During President Clinton's first term he was Counselor to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and then Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Edelman's most recent book is So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America, published by The New Press. A previous book, Searching for America's Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope, is available in paperback from the Georgetown University Press.

Glenn C. Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Economics at Brown University. As a prominent social critic and public intellectual, writing mainly on the themes of racial inequality and social policy, Loury has published over 200 essays and reviews in journals of public affairs in the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a contributing editor at The Boston Review, and was for many years a contributing editor at The New Republic. Loury's recent books Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and the UK and Race, Incarceration and American Values.

Sister Simone Campbell has served as executive director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney, and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare, and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues. She has received numerous awards, including the "Defender of Democracy Award" from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action and "Health Care Heroes Award" from Families USA. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Special Lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2 in the Hall of Philosophy: Harlan Beckley was the founding director and serves as the Executive Director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), a 22-member non-profit organization devoted to promoting a sustained interdisciplinary education for undergraduates in all majors and professional students in order to prepare them to address poverty as part of their professional, civic, and political lives. Beckley has written on theological advocates for economic justice - Walter Rauschenbusch, John Augustine Ryan and Reinhold Niebuhr - in Passion for Justice and on justice and poverty in numerous articles, including "Capability as Opportunity: How Amartya Sen Revises Equal Opportunity."

John Hope Bryant began with a modest but life -hanging $40 investment by his mother in his very first business idea, at the age of 10 in Compton, California. Bryant is today responsible for more than $1.5 billion of private capital supporting low-wealth home ownership, small businesses, entrepreneurship and community development investments through Operation HOPE in under-served communities across the U.S., as well as investments in financial literacy programs and financial dignity education from South Africa to Morocco, to Saudi Arabia.

Tavis Smiley, broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate and philanthropist, has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI), and the daily online radio program, Tavis Talks, on the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN) on BlogTalk Radio. In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has written 16 books. In his latest New York Times best seller, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, Smiley and his co-author Cornel West challenge all Americans to re-examine their assumptions about poverty in America - what it really is and how to eradicate it. His forthcoming text to be published in September 2014 is Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year.

Evening Arts Performances

To enhance the cultural experience, Chautauqua Institution will showcase various performing arts in the evenings throughout the week. The highlight of Week Two is the one-night-only performance of the world-renowned opera Madam Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini. The collaboration between the Chautauqua Opera and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will begin at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 5, in the Amphitheater. Guests are also welcomed to enjoy Chautauqua Theater Company's A Raisin in the Sun, on stage at Bratton Theater throughout the week.

The live excitement continues with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, and on Thursday, July 3, in the Amphitheater. In addition, the Ladies First Big Bang will perform at the Amphitheater Ball at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 4.

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 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $22. Afternoon tickets grant access from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $14. Combined morning /afternoon passes allow access from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and cost $36. Evening passes grant access from 4 p.m. to Midnight and cost $40. For tickets and information, click here or call 716-357-6250.

About Chautauqua Institution

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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