Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, took part in the contemporary issues discussion at the Chautauqua Institution, and addressed “Community Service in the 21st Century” on Saturday, Aug. 21. Gearan served as Peace Corps director and deputy chief of staff during the Clinton administration. Currently he serves on the boards of Service Corps, AmeriCorps and Global Citizens Circle. Gearan's talk was featured in the Aug. 21 Chautauqua Daily.
In 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his “I Hate War” speech from the Amphitheater platform at the Chautauqua Institution, in 1987 by satellite Ronald Reagan addressed the Third General Chautauqua Conference on U.S.-Soviet Relations, and in 1995, Carlos Roberto Reina, president of Honduras, spoke during the Second Chautauqua Conference on Central America.
The Chautauqua Institution is a non-for-profit organization that serves as a community, a center, and a resource where the human spirit is renewed, minds stimulated, faith restored and the arts valued. It has performance venues, hotel, golf, tennis, and educational and recreational facilities. For nine weeks each year, from late June through late August, the Institution offers a rich blend of arts, programming and recreational activities. Its educational mission is continued during the rest of the year programs for older adults, Elderhostels and other learning programs. The Chautauqua Institution was founded in 1874 by Lewis Miller, an Akron, Ohio, inventor and manufacturer; and John Heyl Vincent, a Methodist minister (later bishop).