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Week Eight :: August 14–21

The Human Brain: Our Greatest Mystery

  • Neurophysiologist and Nobel Laureate David Hubel once asked, “Can the brain understand the brain? Can it understand the mind? Is it a giant computer … or something more?”
  • In this week, we explore the folds and recesses of this distinctly human mystery, bringing together neuroscientists and psychologists to chart a path through the enigma of our consciousness, through the impacts of trauma and stress on our health, through the gray matter and the white matter, neurons and synapses, the wiring that embodies our cognition, that sparks our selves.

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Human Soul: Our Ineffable Mystery

Most people sense and recognize another dimension beyond the physical plane of our existence and call the personal inner reality that this dimension connotes the human “soul,” known also as the “Spirit” or “Life Force.” Recognition of this inner reality is the basis of most religions but remains difficult to define or explain. In this week we will hear various interpretations of this ineffable human experience.

  • Thursday, May 06, 2021 | 07:00pm EDT

    Shankar Vedantam

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    2021 Chautauqua Lecture Series & Preview — “Week Eight: The Human Brain: Our Greatest Mystery” | Science journalist Shankar Vedantam is the host and creator of “Hidden Brain,” one of the most popular podcasts in the world. 



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Sunday, August 15, 2021 | 10:45am EDT

    Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper

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    Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and essayist. She is the author of On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Catapult, 2020), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, August 16, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper

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    Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and essayist. She is the author of On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Catapult, 2020), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, August 16, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Angus Fletcher

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    Angus Fletcher is an award-winning teacher, bestselling author, and one of the world’s foremost scholars on the neuroscience of storytelling. He is currently Professor of Story Science at Ohio State University’s Project Narrative, the globe’s top academic think-tank for the study of stories.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, August 16, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Ori Z. Soltes

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    Ori Z. Soltes teaches theology, art history, philosophy, and political history at Georgetown University.  He is former Director of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, and has curated more than 85 exhibitions on history, ethnography, and modern and contemporary art there and at other venues across the country and overseas.  



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, August 16, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    School of Dance: Student Gala II with Guest Alumni

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    Chautauqua School of Dance presents an outstanding mixed repertoire evening of new and established works featuring the most exceptional young talent in the country. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper

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    Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and essayist. She is the author of On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Catapult, 2020), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Norman Ornstein, Steven Leifman and Thomas Insel

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    Norman Ornstein, Emeritus Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Steven Leifman, Associate Administrative Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida; Thomas Insel, Former Director, National Institute of Mental Health 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Dr. Bruce Greyson

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    Dr. Bruce Greyson is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  He served on the medical school faculty at the Universities of Michigan, Connecticut, and Virginia. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper

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    Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and essayist. She is the author of On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Catapult, 2020), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Bianca Jones Marlin

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    Neuroscientist Bianca Jones Marlin's research investigates the relationship between the innate and the learned, how learned information is passed to subsequent generations via paternal transgenerational epigenetic inheritance...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Mirabai Starr

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    Mirabai Starr, who has lived her life immersed in the world of spirituality, will provide the perfect voice and insight to complete the week’s focus on The Human Soul: Our Ineffable Mystery.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    BLACK VIOLIN: Impossible Tour

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    Black Violin is the Grammy-nominated band led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Joining them onstage are DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper

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    Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and essayist. She is the author of On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Catapult, 2020), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Nita Farahany

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    At the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence lies a wealth of opportunity for business, labor, and society at large. Yet along with progress comes a host of ethical dilemmas. As a leading scholar and neuro-ethicist, Nita Farahany considers what our neurological information is worth...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 03:30pm EDT

    Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper, CLSC Author, On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear

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    An estimated fifty million people in the world suffer from dementia. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s erase parts of one’s memory but are also often said to erase the self. People don’t simply die from such diseases; they are imagined, in the clichés of our era, as vanishing in plain sight, fading away, or enduring a long goodbye.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Friday, August 20, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper

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    Lynn Casteel Harper is a minister, chaplain, and essayist. She is the author of On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Catapult, 2020), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, August 20, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    The Wood Brothers

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    That balance of darkness and light is at the heart of Kingdom In My Mind, The Wood Brothers’ seventh studio release and their most spontaneous and experimental collection yet.



    Location: Amphitheater