Week Six :: July 31–August 7, 2021

Building a Culture of Empathy

  • Creating understanding and compassion, empathy is critical in navigating our world and building community. Empathy might have a reputation associated with emotionality or sentimentality, but science indicates that it's wired into our very being, with practical applications in lives. What does empathy look like in action, from healing systemic divides creating by inequity to implementing effective public policy and leading through times of crisis?
  • Instilling and normalizing empathy has the potential to help us connect across our most polarizing differences and survive our most tragic times, so how can we work together to build a lasting culture of empathy?
10:45 a.m. Lectures

Chautauqua Lecture Series (Morning Lectures)

10:30 a.m. EDT, Monday-Thursday, 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 02, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Cheryl Strayed

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    Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the host of the New York Times podcast “Sugar Calling” and also “Dear Sugars,” which she co-hosted with Steve Almond, and for many years the voice of “Dear Sugar,” the popular advice column at The Rumpus.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, August 03, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Frans de Waal

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    Frans B. M. de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates, whose latest research concerns empathy and cooperation, inequity aversion and social cognition in chimpanzees, bonobos and other species. 

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, August 04, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Jackie Acho

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    Jackie Acho founded The Acho Group, a strategy and leadership consulting firm, in 2005. She has worked for technology, industrial, academic, nonprofit, and economic development clients on a variety of issues, with particular focus on growth and innovation, strategy, and leadership development...

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, August 05, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Courtney Cogburn

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    Courtney Cogburn is co-director of the Columbia School of Social Work’s Justice, Equity, Technology (JET) Lab, and the lead creator of “1000 Cut Journey,” an immersive virtual reality experience simulating the experience of Blacks facing racism, discrimination and systemic brutality.

    Location: Amphitheater