Week Three :: July 6–12

A Planet in Balance: A Week in Partnership with National Geographic

In response to a rapidly changing planet, National Geographic is leveraging its legacy of exploration, innovation and vibrant storytelling to further solutions. From funding cutting-edge technologies to leading advancements in science communication, we’ll uncover how National Geographic is using 21st-century tools to shape the future of exploration and to address the greatest challenge our world has ever faced.

  • The week opens with a look at the status of the planet, and how the most advanced conservation technology is being deployed to show how nature and culture are changing in real time.
  • We study how exploration and the communication of science work in tandem to protect the environment so that all species have a shot at survival.
  • Next, we travel to Earth’s last wild places to learn about the efforts to protect and restore those habitats before it’s too late.
  • We examine life in the planet’s extreme environments, and seek clues offered there for surviving the impact of the changes we are facing.
  • Finally, we explore our own choices and discover how we can reduce our human footprint.
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, July 08, 2019 | 10:45am

    Corey Jaskolski

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    Corey Jaskolski is an inventor, engineer, National Geographic Fellow, photographer, AR and VR developer, and an explorer who specializes in creating technologies for some of the most challenging environments on Earth.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, July 09, 2019 | 10:45am

    Steve Winter

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    Wildlife photographer Steve Winter has spent over 20 years leading photographic expeditions to remote locations around the world on a mission to document big cats. 

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 10:45am

    Rae Wynn-Grant

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    Rae Wynn-Grant is a conservation scientist, large-carnivore ecologist, nature storyteller, and advocate with expertise in using emerging technology to identify how humans are changing the way carnivores use landscapes.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 10:45am

    Kevin Hand

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    Astrobiologist, planetary scientist and 2011 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Kevin Hand’s research focuses on the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the solar system, with an emphasis on moons of the outer solar system that likely harbor liquid water oceans.

    Location: Amphitheater