Chautauqua partners with National Geographic to explore issues of global hunger, food sustainability

Chautauqua Institution has partnered with the National Geographic Society for Week Two of the 2014 summer season. The morning lectures, themed “Feeding a Hungry Planet,” will be held at 10:45 a.m. Monday to Friday in the Amphitheater. Continuing the discussion, the afternoon Interfaith Lecture Series, “With Economic Justice for All,” takes place 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 barriers to overcoming poverty.

Morning Amphitheater Lectures

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,” will offer thought provoking discussions on the many factors that lead to inequality. 

Monday’s lecturer 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.  Glenn C. Loury, Tuesday’s lecturer, is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Economics at Brown University and a prominent social critic and public intellectual, writing mainly on the themes of racial inequality and social policy 

On Wednesday, Sr. Simone Campbell will offer her remarks. She has served as executive director of NETWORK since 2004 and is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. 

Harlan Beckley, founding and executive director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), will give a special 3:30 p.m. lecture Wednesday in the Hall of Philosophy. Thursday’s lecturer is John Hope Bryant, who is 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.

Finally Tavis Smiley, the broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate and philanthropist, will speak on Friday. 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.   

Evening Arts Performances

To enhance the cultural experience, Chautauqua Institution will showcase various performing arts in the evenings throughout the week. Guests are invited to enjoy Chautauqua Theater Company’s A Raisin in the Sun, on stage at Bratton Theater throughout the week.

The 2014 Music School Festival Orchestra debuts at 8:15 p.m. Monday, and Loretta LaRoche returns to the Amp stage Wednesday evening. The live excitement continues with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday. In addition, the Ladies First Big Band will perform at the Amphitheater Ball at 8 p.m. Friday.