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Return to Chautauqua

19 Jun

On Saturday, I returned, as I do every summer, to the amazing Chautauqua Institution on the banks of Lake Chautauqua in western New York.

Here’s a one minute promotional video:

And here is a video of my friend, Chautauqua Institution archivist, Jon Schmitz:


22 Jun

I am back at the Chautauqua Institution for the duration of the Summer. My big projects this summer is analyzing data from a survey of yoga practitioners and learning how to program a micro-controller for some experiments I want to run.

If you’ve never been to Chautauqua you owe it to yourself to see this remarkable place. Here is a video narrated by my friend, Chautauqua archivist  Jon Schmitz.

My Chautauqua talk on Esperanto

25 Aug

This summer I had the honor of giving a talk on Esperanto as part of the Chautauqua Institution’s archives program.

You can hear it here.

Mike Love’s “Pisces Brother”

8 Aug

The Beach Boys performed at Chautauqua last night. They played this song, Pisces Brother,written in honor of George Harrison,:



I had never heard this song before, but was fascinated by its mention of Rishikesh, a city I will be visiting in December. I tried to order it on Amazon but discovered that it has never been released.

(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies

27 Jul

All last week at ChautauquaDan Ariely, presided over a fantastic series about behavioral economics. Among other things he showed this film.



You can find out more about the Dishonesty Project here.

Doktor Kaboom at Chautauqua

23 Jul

I know the show is for kids, but I always like to see Dr. Kaboom when he performs at Chautauqua.

Dr. Kaboom is the alter ego of science educator David Epley. With a faux German accent and slapstick abandon Dr. Kaboom demonstrates important ideas from science with explosions and madcap stunts.



Chautauqua Summer

21 Jul

Regular readers know that I spend my summers at the Chautauqua Institution. This New York Times article explains why.


Raisin in the Sun at Chautauqua

2 Jul

I would be remiss if I did not mention the amazing production of A Raisin in the Sun at the Bratton Theater of the Chautauqua Institution. It is simply the best production of this important play that I have ever seen.

Chautauqua audiences give standing ovations easily, but I have never heard the audience react like they did after Sunday’s performance. You could feel the wave of appreciation as people cheered the incredible cast. The performance of Lynda Gravatt as Lena deserves special mention for its power and persuasiveness.

I know a number of Chautauquans read this blog and you must get tickets if you haven’t already done so.



Chautauqua’s Little Free Library

20 Jun

Walking down Wythe Avenue at the Chautauqua Institution,  I spotted this:


According to the Little Free Library website:

“What is a Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!”

What a great way to promote reading and community! I noticed a copy of Umberto Eco‘s The Name of the Rose, I envy the person who picks it up for the first time.


Here is a video about the project:

Little Free Library Story from Beargrass Media on Vimeo.

Return to Chautauqua

16 Jun

Yesterday, Bella and I arrived back at the Chautauqua Institution where we will spend most of the summer.


Chautauqua is one of the world’s greatest educational institutions with programs for people of all ages and interests.

My big project this summer will be finishing the manuscript for my book on memory improvement. So expect a few posts on writing.


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