Harvard University professor Kiku Adatto believes that everyone has the power to be a storyteller.
For those who are wishing to write a warm and meaningful wedding toast but are short on words, a website called The Perfect Toast may be the answer. Just enter some information about yourself and the person you are toasting, and toss in a story or two about how you two met.
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In a rare double appearance, Michael J. Sandel — world-famous Harvard University professor and frequent Chautauqua visitor — will open Week Four’s theme of “Markets, Morals and the Social Contract” with his 10:45 a.m. morning lecture today in the Amphitheater. He will also discuss his latest book at 3:30 p.m. today in a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle presentation in the Hall of Philosophy.
Sandel is an iconic academician and philosopher with a doctorate from Oxford University. He has drawn thousands of rapt fans from China, India, South Korea and elsewhere to what Financial Times has called “a kind of Socratic dialogue” on significant but overlooked issues.
Somewhere in the jumble of my mind — a condition that often visits me when we are entering the fourth week of the season — I recall a statement to the effect, “The eye can only see what the mind comprehends.”
The Bryant Day celebration on Saturday began at Miller Bell Tower and ended with books.
Bryant Day, a Chautauqua tradition, marks the start of a new reading season with a ceremony led by the Alumni Association, and each member of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Class of 2012 rings the bell.
Sherra Babcock, director of the Department of Education and Youth Services, announced a few CLSC selections after toting the books from her office in the Colonnade to Miller Park. Babcock kept the books hidden in her office until they were revealed to Bryant Day attendees.
The CLSC joins Chautauqua’s other arts programs in celebrating Romeo and Juliet in 2013, but Babcock emphasized it is in a broad sense, and all selections have themes similar to Shakespearean work.
The best teachers make students find answers on their own.
In Week Four of 2013, Michael Sandel will turn Chautauqua’s Amphitheater into a classroom, employing the Socratic method on a crowd of thousands and sending microphones into the audience for direct questions and discussion.
“He is the only person that we will let do that,” said Sherra Babcock, director of the Department of Education, in regard to Sandel’s interactive approach.
Smoking is popular in the Czech Republic. When the Czech government considered raising the tax on those cigarettes — the very ones that kill thousands of people each year — major cigarette corporation Philip Morris was very unhappy.
Philip Morris presented a cost-benefit analysis on the effects of raising the tax on the national budget.
A longtime visitor to Chautauqua’s Amphitheater, Harvard University professor Michael Sandel returns to ask the question: What’s the right thing to do?
Sandel will speak twice today. He will give a morning lecture at 10:45 a.m. in the Amphitheater, as well as a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy. Sandel’s lectures come to Chautauqua nearing the end of the Week Two theme of “Applied Ethics: Government and the Search for the Common Good.”