The Wild: Reconnecting with Our Natural World

The Wild: Reconnecting with Our Natural World

7/2/22 - 7/9/22

Since the middle of the 20th century, study after study suggests that humans have become more and more disconnected from the nature surrounding us. What are the human costs of our increasing alienation from nature, both for the individual and society? In this week we examine how this disconnect has come about, from urbanization and sprawl to our work and school lives, to the rise of digital communications. Are we in greater need of nature than ever before? What are the physical and mental health benefits we find through reconnection? We’ll consider various movements in art, architecture, education, faith and urban planning that aim to reconnect us to our natural world.

About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.

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The Wild: Reconnecting with Our Natural World
  • Rev. Randall K. Bush - Sunday

    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Sunday, July 3, 2022.

    A winding pathway led Dr. Randy Bush to pastoral ministry at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA. Growing up near the farming community of Paola, KS, he went on to be a piano performance major studying at colleges both in the Unite...

  • Buffalo Silver Band and JGB Shibuki Taiko Ensemble: East Meets West

    Premiering at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, July 3, 2022.

    The Buffalo Silver Band, the 105-year-old British-style brass band of Western New York, joins the JGB Shibuki Japanese Taiko ensemble for a program of East Meets West. A rising star of the Japanese Group Buffalo, the Shibuki Taiko Ensemble has bee...

  • Rev. Randall K. Bush - Monday

    Premiering at 9:15 a.m. ET Monday, July 4, 2022.

    A winding pathway led Dr. Randy Bush to pastoral ministry at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA. Growing up near the farming community of Paola, KS, he went on to be a piano performance major studying at colleges both in the United...

  • Bob Inglis

    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Monday, July 4, 2022.

    Bob Inglis is the founder and executive director of republicEn.org, a nationwide community of conservatives that promotes free-enterprise action on climate change. Based out of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason Universit...

  • Victoria Loorz

    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Monday, July 4, 2022.

    Victoria Loorz, MDiv, is a "wild church pastor," an "eco-spiritual director," and co-founder of several transformation-focused organizations centering on the integration of nature and spirituality. She feels most alive when collaborating with Myst...

  • Rev. Randall K. Bush - Tuesday

    Premiering at 9:15 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

    A winding pathway led Dr. Randy Bush to pastoral ministry at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA. Growing up near the farming community of Paola, KS, he went on to be a piano performance major studying at colleges both in the Unite...

  • Sally Jewell

    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

    During Sally Jewell’s tenure as U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 2013 to 2017, her work focused on championing the importance of science and data, encouraging investments for more sustainable use of public lands and waters, deepening relation...

  • Chief Oren Lyons

    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

    Chief Oren Lyons is a member of the Onondaga and Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation, he serves on the Grand Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – ...

  • Rev. Randall K. Bush - Wednesday

    Premiering at 9:15 a.m. ET Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

    A winding pathway led Dr. Randy Bush to pastoral ministry at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA. Growing up near the farming community of Paola, KS, he went on to be a piano performance major studying at colleges both in the Uni...

  • Kelsey Leonard

    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

    Kelsey Leonard is a water scientist, legal scholar, policy expert, writer, and enrolled citizen of the Shinnecock Nation, who works as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, where her research focus...

  • Fred Bahnson

    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

    Fred Bahnson is an award-winning writer and the author of SOIL & SACRAMENT: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith, described by Bill McKibben as “profoundly and beautifully down to earth – where we all need to spend more time on a planet in cris...

  • Rev. Randall K. Bush - Thursday

    Premiering at 9:15 a.m. ET Thursday, July 7, 2022.

    A winding pathway led Dr. Randy Bush to pastoral ministry at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA. Growing up near the farming community of Paola, KS, he went on to be a piano performance major studying at colleges both in the Unit...

  • Terry Tempest Williams

    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Thursday, July 7, 2022.

    Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a naturalist and writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. She has consistently shown how environmental issues are social issues that ultim...

  • Sophfronia Scott

    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Thursday, July 4, 2022.

    Sophfronia Scott is a novelist, essayist, and leading contemplative thinker whose work has appeared in numerous publications, for which she received a 2020 Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts as well as the 2021 Thoma...

  • Rev. Randall K. Bush - Friday

    Premiering at 9:15 a.m. ET Friday, July 8, 2022.

    A winding pathway led Dr. Randy Bush to pastoral ministry at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA. Growing up near the farming community of Paola, KS, he went on to be a piano performance major studying at colleges both in the United...

  • Nick Offerman

    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Friday, July 8, 2022.

    Nick Offerman is an actor, author, humorist and woodworker, best known as the character of Ron Swanson on NBC’s “Parks & Recreation.” His latest book, published in October 2021, is Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations o...

  • John Philip Newell

    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Friday, July 8, 2022.

    John Philip Newell is a Celtic teacher and author on spirituality who calls the modern world to reawaken to the sacredness of the Earth and every human being. Canadian by birth, and a citizen also of Scotland, he resides with his family in Edinbur...