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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
  • CLSC: Robin Wall Kimmerer

    Originally broadcast Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

    Botanist and Professor Robin Wall Kimmerer will join us in the Hall of Philosophy to give the author’s presentation for the 2022 CLSC selection, Braiding Sweetgrass. A New York Times, a Washington Post, and a Los Angeles Times Bestseller, Braidin...

  • Rev. Randall K. Bush - Sunday

    Originally broadcast 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...

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

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

    This program is made possible by the John Alfred and Oscar Johnson Memorial Trust

    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 Eas...

  • Rev. Randall K. Bush - Monday

    Originally broadcast 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 ...

  • Bob Inglis

    Originally broadcast 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...

  • Victoria Loorz

    Originally broadcast 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...

  • Rev. Randall K. Bush - Tuesday

    Originally broadcast 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...

  • Sally Jewell

    Originally broadcast 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, deepenin...

  • Chief Oren Lyons

    Originally broadcast 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 Conf...

  • Rev. Randall K. Bush - Wednesday

    Originally broadcast 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 ...

  • Kelsey Leonard

    Originally broadcast 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 rese...

  • Fred Bahnson

    Originally broadcast 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 plan...

  • Rev. Randall K. Bush - Thursday

    Originally broadcast 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 i...

  • Terry Tempest Williams

    Originally broadcast 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 ...

  • Sophfronia Scott

    Originally broadcast 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 ...

  • Rev. Randall K. Bush - Friday

    Originally broadcast 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 ...

  • Brandon Stanton

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

    This program is made possible by the Carnahan-Jackson Lectureship and the Kevin and Joan Keogh Family Fund.

    Brandon Stanton, author, photographer and founder of the street portrait blog “Humans of New York” (HONY) has emerged as a worl...

  • John Philip Newell

    Originally broadcast 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 ...