Week Eight :: Aug. 10–16

Shifting Global Power

Power is shifting on the international stage. It always has been. In this week we focus on the geopolitical hot-spots of the moment, examining the new holders, and even the new definitions, of global power.

  • Each day, we explore one topic or definition of power, and identify the major players in that arena.
  • How is power even defined, beyond money and military might? Is it natural resources, technology, education, diplomacy and aid, culture?
  • As power shifts, so too do identities and values. Are there ways power ought to shift?
10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.


  • Monday, August 12, 2019 | 10:45am

    Robin Wright

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    A contributing writer to The New Yorker and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Robin Wright has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions, reporting from more than 140 countries on all seven continents for numerous publications...

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | 10:45am

    Kenneth R. Weinstein

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    A political theorist by training, whose academic work focused on the early Enlightenment, Kenneth R. Weinstein is president and chief executive officer of Hudson Institute.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | 10:45am

    Joi Ito

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    Joi Ito is an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and scholar focusing on the ethics and governance of technology, tackling complex problems such as climate change, societal inequity and redesigning the systems that support scholarship and science.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 10:45am

    Bill McKibben

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    Bill 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 twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline...

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, August 16, 2019 | 10:45am

    Tarana J. Burke

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    Founder, “Me Too” Movement

    For more than 25 years, Tarana J. Burke has worked at the intersection of racial justice, arts and culture and sexual violence.

    Location: Amphitheater