Our Elegant Universe

Event description: 

Journey of the Universe and Our Elegant Universe”

June 23-29, 2013

Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua, NY, USA


Journey of the Universe

The history of the Universe is both a scientific and a spiritual story. It is the scientific story of a 14-billion-year continuum from a speck of pure energy to everything we can see around us. It is also a spiritual story, one that transcends individual, human and geo-political boundaries. This understanding brings us into the present urgent need to protect our planet’s future and ensure a flourishing and spiritually connected Earth community.

Week One of the 2013 Season features a roster of interfaith scholars, led by Yale University professor and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker, exploring the themes of Tucker’s Emmy-winning documentary Journey of the Universe. The film (based on her book with evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme) draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology and biology with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.

Journey of the Universe will be screened throughout Week One. To learn more, visit: http://www.journeyoftheuniverse.org/

Confirmed Lectures: Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, Heather Eaton, Chris Chapple, David Haberman, James Miller, Rabbi Lawrence Troster, Safei Eldin Hamed, and Lisa Sideris.



Our Elegant Universe”

Chautauqua opens the 2013 Season with an exploration into the wonders of the cosmos. What theories are leading thinkers wrestling with, and how do they inform our understanding of space and time? Where do they disagree? We’ll hear from pioneering scientists, deep space explorers and others who pursue answers to the most basic questions of existence.



Lodging Information

Those who wish to attend the Chautauqua Institution conference are invited to stay at the Athenaeum Hotel, which is on the Institution grounds, a short walk from everything. The “Journey of the Universe” Chautauqua Experience Package price at the Athenaeum is $286 per person per day, which is on the American Plan and provides all meals in an elegant setting, and includes room accommodation, service charge, bed tax, and all NY state taxes, as well as the cost of parking and the Gate Pass that everyone must purchase who comes to Chautauqua.  Reservations can be made by calling 716-357-4444 and asking for the Week One “Journey of the Universe” Chautauqua Experience Package.  An alternate accommodation would be at the Chautauqua Suites, a lovely hotel that is off the grounds, about 3 miles down the road.  Parking is free, and they provide a shuttle to the Institution.  The special daily rate for “Journey of the Universe” attendees is $109 per room (double occupancy) per night, including a full breakfast. This rate is good June 23 through June 27.  For reservations, call 716-269-7829, and indicate the “Journey of the Universe” rate.  A Gate Pass, which must be purchased for admission to the grounds, costs $80 per day or $420 per person per week.