Guest Column By: Vint Cerf Today, most of us carry mobiles with digital cameras. We use applications that produce endless varieties…
Linguist K. David Harrison began his lecture Monday by teaching the Amphitheater audience the Koro greeting kaplaye, a word meaning “it is good” and “thank you.” He followed with a sobering fact: All speakers of the Koro language of India could fit in the first few rows of the Amphitheater.
When ideas go extinct, we all grow poorer. Half the world’s 7,000 languages now face extinction — a dramatic shift in human intellectual history. Our 21st-century world — replete with wondrous technologies — rests upon the foundation of all humankind’s prior wisdom and creativity. This human knowledge base is durable and, during 99 percent of human history, has been passed solely from mouth to ear. Yet it is fragile, mostly unwritten and vulnerable to forgetting.
It’s about people and their stories. For K. David Harrison, being a linguist means preserving stories, societies and rare languages….
Beau Willimon arrived in Chautauqua Institution at 2 a.m. Saturday fresh from Washington, D.C., and two episodes into production on the fourth season of “House of Cards.” If he was exhausted during his lecture Saturday, it didn’t show.
As Republican and Democratic strategists, respectively, Fred N. Davis III and Mark Putnam don’t agree on much politically. But when it comes to marketing political candidates, they’re on the same page.
To end Week Five’s theme of “Art & Politics,” Chautauqua Institution will have not one, but two speakers give their…
Political cartoonist Tom Toles isn’t a public speaker by trade, but he once heard that Cicero advised to do it like sex: go slow at first, keep it short and sweet, and build to a climax.
Actor and advocate Kal Penn had starred in Hollywood films and popular television shows, but he was nervous when he began his job in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement.
The word “cartoon” brings to mind punchlines and quick sketches, but according to Tom Toles, this year has proven that…