There are moments in American history that everyone knows from their textbooks like the Revolutionary War or the Civil Rights…
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.
Instead of delving deep into the Amazon rainforest, the Children’s School will tending to their own gardens for this week’s theme at Chautauqua.
Week Six of the 2014 Chautauqua Institution season kicks off on Saturday, July 26, and ends on Saturday, Aug. 2, celebrating the weekly themes with lectures, art and live performances. The morning lectures, on “Brazil: Rising Superpower,” will take place at 10:45 a.m. from Monday to Friday in the Amphitheater, while the afternoon Interfaith Lecture Series, “Brazil: The Interplay of Religion and Culture,” follows at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy.
“It doesn’t just change what we do, it changes who we are.”
Sherry Turkle, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology initiative on Technology and Self, will kick off Week Six’s theme of “Digital Identity” at 10:45 a.m. Monday in the Amphitheater by addressing how technological devices have indelibly changed public culture.
Turkle said the initial idea of hand-held devices such as cellphones was that they would transform how people talk to and get in touch with one another. But that technology has also changed the nature of relationships: how we relate to our children, the quality and nature of conversation, how we fall in love.