Week Seven :: August 8–15

The Science of Us

In the midst of robust debates about tribalism, isolation and bridging differences, this wide-ranging week explores how 21st-century science is disrupting our social and historical understandings of how “us” happens and who “we” are — as communities, demographies, families, nations and a human race.

  • We look at America’s long narrative of folklore and our “melting pot” narrative. • We explore our obsession with — along with the limitations and repercussions of — genealogical/ancestry services.
  • What are the emerging scientific understandings of heritage and ethnicity?
  • How is science is informing community development and our socioeconomic models going forward?

 

Week Seven Program Sponsor: Allegheny Health Network

Allegheny Health Network

10:45 a.m. Lectures

Chautauqua Lecture Series (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.

Events

  • Monday, August 10, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Brian Greene

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    "Mind, Matter and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe" | Brian Greene returns to Chautauqua to open our week on “The Science of Us” with a discussion of his most recent book, Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Sheri Fink

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    “COVID-19: Inside the Science and the Response” | Sheri Fink is the author of the New York Times bestselling book and 2014 CLSC selection Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, about choices made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Adrienne LaFrance

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    "The Conspiracy Theorists Are Winning" | Adrienne LaFrance is the executive editor of The Atlantic. She wrote the magazine’s June cover story about the conspiracy theory known as QAnon, and has reported on misinformation, politics, technology, and media for more than 15 years.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Angela Saini

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    "The Return of Race Science" | Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster. Her latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science—which tells the disturbing story of the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences—was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize...



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Friday, August 14, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Flynn Coleman

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    "The Human Algorithm" | Flynn Coleman is a writer, international human rights attorney, professor, and social innovator who has worked with the United Nations, the United States federal government, and international corporations and human rights organizations around the world.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform