Chautauqua Institution President Tom Becker’s job at the final Sacred Song Service of the season is to present a closing speech and tap the gavel three times. Jared Jacobsen’s job is to create the “jewelry setting” for that symbolic closing.
Many people fixate on the years on a tombstone, indicating birth and death. But the dash in between those two numbers, said Rabbi Samuel Stahl, is perhaps more significant.
The United States has incredible medical science and innovative means of treating illnesses — yet it doesn’t do well in translating those advances to improving the health of citizens throughout the country.
Moral and ethical questions often surround death, dying and the afterlife — questions Hussein Rashid will explore in a Muslim context.
As a neurosurgeon, Eben Alexander used to have a materialist view of the physical realm. After a near-death experience, however, Alexander believes the brain does not produce consciousness.
Spending summers at Chautauqua Institution when he was growing up, Jared Jacobsen was inundated with American music — fitting for “the most American place in America.”
During his lecture, “Death is Like Birth: Death and Life in African Religious Traditions,” Emmanuel Lartey will speak about different conceptions of life, death and ways death is understood broadly in African cultures at 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.
There’s nothing harder than facing death. Except, perhaps, talking about death. Rebecca Brown, however, works to help people face that fear, and in turn make the dying experience less difficult.
Chautauqua Institution’s Department of Religion will seek out pastors this fall for a leadership program committed to bringing their work beyond their congregations.
The official opening of Chautauqua Institution on the first Sunday of each season offers a time to remember Chautauquans who have passed away since the previous season.