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CHQ Watch Party: Revisiting Bill McKibben's 2019 Lecture

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
10:45am EDT

Location Chautauqua Institution Facebook Page

For this week’s Chautauqua Lecture Series #CHQWatchParty, we’re revisiting the lecture that environmentalist Bill McKibben delivered on Aug. 15, 2019, in the Amphitheater. That lecture was part of Week Eight's theme, “Shifting Global Power.”

McKibben is an author, environmentalist and co-founder of anti-carbon campaign group 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized 20,000 rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including 1989’s "The End of Nature," regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. Currently, McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 2014, McKibben was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes referred to as the “alternative Nobel.” Other honors and awards include Guggenheim and Lyndhurst fellowships; a Lannan Literary Award; a Gandhi Peace Award; a Thomas Merton Prize; a John Muir Award; and the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Prize for Global Environmental Activism at Dickinson College. In accepting that prize, he told the graduating Dickinson students that global climate change is the greatest challenge that has ever confronted human society.

Vice President and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education Matt Ewalt will be on hand to lead and moderate a discussion in the comments section. Please post your thoughts and questions throughout the lecture.

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In this time of social distancing, we’re all looking for ways to be connected. To this end, we’re trying something new here at Chautauqua: CHQ Watch Parties, highlighting some of our favorite lectures from the past few years. Once a week, we’ll gather remotely on Facebook to revisit some of the best Chautauqua lectures and programs of the past few years, and to share our questions and comments with each other. We’ve always known how to have a conversation at Chautauqua, and now we’re bringing that conversation into your homes.

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