2013-2014 Chautauqua Lecture Series
About the Theme
The Chautauqua Lecture Series Committee chooses “Beauty Matters,” broadly and ambiguously construed, as the theme for the series for the academic year 2013-2014. The series aims to explore the many dimensions of this theme (beauty in nature, art, life, etc.) and encourage critical reflections on it. One of the highlights of the series is the various explorations of what may be called “the beauty of difference,” such as the beauty of conjoined twins, of kids with albinism and other conditions that affect their physical appearance, of eco-trash couture, of reality shows, and of Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, an area of intense chemical production where unusual occurrences of cancer were discovered. As usual, we strive to approach the theme from a large variety of disciplinary and professional perspectives (beauty in sport, architecture, mathematics, philosophy, etc.) and tackle a wide range of provocative and fundamental issues.