There is a saying that Chautauqua would be nothing without its lake, which is perhaps the heart of the Institution. As biologist Rick Constantino points out, that heart would be nothing without its kidneys.
Chautauquans are famously responsible for absorbing what they experience on the grounds in the summer and translating it to their home communities where they live the rest of the year. They also apply their knowledge right here, even in their leisure.
During a summer in the early 1990s, a freighter laden with shipments from northeast Asia pulls into port in Detroit, Michigan. The port authority, which oversees over 17 million tons of cargo per year, has just received a shipment it did not expect — a stowaway, hidden within the thousands of pallets and wooden crates.