About the Lecture

During the Chautauqua Institution's "Why Geography Matters" lecture series (July 18-22, 2005), Dr. Jennifer Turner—-coordinator of the China Environment Forum-—spoke to an audience of 2,000 on the domestic, regional, and global implications of ecological destruction in western China. Read the article on her lecture published in the Chautauquan Daily on July 22, 2005.

About the Chautauqua Institution

The Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre educational center beside Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during a nine-week season, and a total of over 142,000 attend scheduled public events. Over 8,000 students enroll annually in the Chautauqua Summer Schools, which offer courses in art, music, dance, theater, writing, and a wide variety of special interests.

The Institution, originally the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, was founded in 1874 as an educational experiment in out-of-school, vacation learning. It was successful and broadened almost immediately beyond courses for Sunday school teachers to include academic subjects, music, art and physical education.

By 1880 the Chautauqua Institution had established itself as a national forum for open discussion of public issues, international relations, literature, and science. Chautauqua plays a unique educational role today, offering studies on a vacation level, a more serious level, and a professional level. Approximately 100 lecturers appear at Chautauqua during a season.