As the 2014 Chautauqua Institution season continues, Fareed Zakaria, the respected analyst and host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN, leads off Week Eight programming that will demonstrate the interconnectedness of the global society.
Though Megan Smith’s current place of residence is in Silicon Valley, the vice president of Google[x] has her roots on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution.
“It’s nice to be home,” she told the crowd at the Monday morning lecture in the Amphitheater. “Traveling with all of you has been an incredible experience.”
Once a participant in the Chautauqua Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Smith was back to jumpstart the second week of morning lectures with the theme of “The Next Greatest Generation.”
With origins in the small town of Camden, Maine, the global innovation network PopTech could be considered a distant cousin of Chautauqua Institution, said Andrew Zolli, the organization’s executive director and curator.
“We bring the world’s creative community to this small town in much the same way that Chautauqua brings some of the world’s best thinkers and leaders to its community,” he said.
Friday morning, Zolli will close Week Six’s lecture platform on “Digital Identity” at 10:45 a.m in the Amphitheater. His lecture will focus on the intersection between our digital selves and real world outcomes.