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Katie Spotz, endurance adventurer for clean water advocacy, delivers Friday's Interfaith Lecture at the Hall of Philosophy. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

Spotz: To make change, all one must do is start

“My name is Katie, and I like to endure, but I prefer to prevail. And I believe that if we each do what we’re capable of, we can each do pretty much anything,” Katie Spotz said.

Spotz spoke Friday in the Hall of Philosophy at Week Four’s final Interfaith Lecture based on the theme, “Water: Life Force/Life Source.” Spotz is an American endurance adventurer, a safe-water activist, a world-record achiever, and she is only 24. During her talk, titled “For the Love of Water,” Spotz discussed how she became an endurance adventurer, the details of her famous row across the Atlantic, and the goal that propels her: to bring clean water to those without.

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Spotz to share stories from solo row across Atlantic

Two years ago, Katie Spotz spent 70 days alone at sea with little more than a pair of oars, 300 chocolate bars and determination.

On March 14, 2010, after 3,038 miles, she became the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and the first American to row solo from Africa to South America. By campaigning her journey, Spotz — who was 22 at the time — raised more than $100,000 for Blue Planet Network, a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable, safe drinking water to people throughout the world.

Spotz will share hair-raising stories of sharks, fires and 20-foot waves from her journey, as well as her mission and motivation behind the row, at the 2 p.m. Interfaith Lecture Friday in the Hall of Philosophy.

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National Geographic partnership brings ‘Water Matters’ (and special underwater lecture) to Amp in Week Four

Water’s importance to life on earth cannot be overstated — without it, there is none. This week, in partnership with National Geographic Society, Chautauqua presents “Water Matters,” a series of 10:45 a.m. Amphitheater lectures exploring our world of water, including availability, conservation, health and politics.

On Monday, returning Chautauqua lecturer Sandra Postel joins Dennis Dimick in a joint lecture introducing the week. Postel is director of the independent Global Water Policy Project and the Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society. Dimmick is National Geographic magazine’s executive editor for the environment and has been key to shaping the magazine’s award-winning reporting, particularly on climate change, since 2003.

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