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Returning Chautauquans in 2018 could hardly miss the feeling of change that pervades the grounds. Chautauqua Institution President Michael E.

Six stars of Chautauqua

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The 2017 season of transition has been launched. Chautauqua Institution has a new president, its 18th, in Michael E. Hill.
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Testing the waters

The former director of the United Nations Environment Programme has said that “we used to think that energy and water would be the central issues for the next century. Now we think that water will be the critical issue.” “Water is the oil of the 21st Century,” a former Dow Chemical president told The Economist magazine.

Transformer failure leaves Chautauqua in the dark

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Chautauqua Institution lost electric power throughout the grounds just before 3 p.m. Thursday on a sweltering and humid afternoon. A transformer at the local National Grid substation failed, and power was not restored until 6 a.m. Friday. George Murphy, vice president and chief marketing officer, described the scene on the second floor of the Colonnade after initial word reached President Thomas Becker’s office that the blackout might last for 24 hours.

The Athenaeum’s Delta Force

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The Athenaeum Hotel general manager kept calling, but Michele “Mickey” Murray wouldn’t return his calls. This went on for several weeks in 1993, the GM calling, Murray suspecting he wanted to offer her a job at the Institution. For her, having a summer vacation that year was more important.

The lure of Chautauqua Lake

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Fishing. It has inspired some great minds, such as Washington Irving: “There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.”

Olson to discuss legal system’s role in governing process

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Theodore Olson, former U.S. solicitor general, will be the featured speaker at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater as the Week Two examination continues of “Applied Ethics: Government and the Search for the Common Good.” Olson has been at the center of some of the most significant U.S. legal proceedings of the past 25 years and was named by Time magazine last year as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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Good clean fun

Is there hilarity in housekeeping? Can bathroom sinks and fun appear in the same sentence? In Chautauqua, it appears the answer can sometimes be yes.
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