"To me, the magnificence of the human spirit has been achieved through (the) quest for harmony and unity. Mankind's greatest literature, music and art — and certainly our greatest sense of oneness with something more powerful than our selves — arise from the need for reassurance against the perception of chaotic goings-on within our bodies and minds. The beauty we have brought forth is a reaction to the internal organic and cellular dynamics that make life possible, which by their very nature are so multitudinous and uproarious as to seem uncontrolled, the consequence of some interior anarchy. Our masterworks are therefore a product of our own biology. In this sense, human biology has created human esthetics, human culture and the human spirit and is consistently in the process of re-creating them anew."

—From Sherwin Nuland's July 22, 1999, guest column for The Chautauquan Daily

Frequent CHQ lecturer and collaborator Sherwin Nuland died Tuesday at 83. Nuland appeared three times on CHQ's 10:45 a.m. Amphitheater lecture platform and served as Scholar in Residence in 2005 during a week on "The Brain." He was a two-time Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle author, for his books How We Die and The Wisdom of the Body, later renamed How We Live.

"Shep Nuland exemplifies everything we want Chautauquans to be," said CHQ President Tom Becker. "He examined his own principals and practices, reflected on them critically, and shared those experiences with others. He was piercingly smart, generous, courageously vulnerable, funny and caring, and we were so privileged to have received his contributions to our understanding of the world. We will miss Shep Nuland."

Click here to read Nuland's obituary in The New York Times.