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Chautauqua’s Week Five Lecturers to Focus on 21st Century Women
Published Friday, July 22nd, 2011 by Scott Shelters in Chautauqua Institution
Adrienne Germain, President, International Women’s Health Coalition. (Photo:

CHAUTAUQUA, NY – As a part of Chautauqua Institution’s morning lecture series, five women examine the theme 21st Century Women: The Road to Social and Economic Growth.” The lectures take place throughout Week Five of the Institution’s season in Chautauqua’s 5,000-seat Amphitheater. Afternoon/Interfaith lecturers will focus on the theme Women Transcending Boundaries.”

Adrienne Germain, president of the International Women’s Coalition, serves as the morning lecturer Monday, July 25. Germain has fought for the rights of women in developing countries for nearly 35 years.

Isobel Coleman, senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the council on Foreign Relations, lectures Tuesday, July 26. She directs the “women and foreign policy” program for the council. Coleman’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes and The Huffington Post.

Farhana Qazi lectures Wednesday, July 27. Qazi is an expert on international terrorism, specializing in Pakistan, Afghanistan and women in war. An instructor at the National Defense University and U.S. Central Command, Qazi was the first American Muslim woman to serve in the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center.

Thursday, July 28’s morning lecturer, Hawa Abdi is the founder of the Somali Refugee Hospital, which serves nearly 100,000 people. Abdi gained fame last year for standing up to hundreds of Islamist militants who tried to take control of her camp. Thanks in part to her efforts, the gunmen backed down and submitted to her request for a written apology.

Abdi will be interviewed by journalist Kati Marton.

Mary L. Landrieu, United States Senator (D–LA). (Photo:

Mary Landrieu, senior U.S. Senator from Louisiana, serves as Week Five’s final morning lecturer. Landrieu was the first woman from Louisiana elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate. She was actively involved in the Golf Coast recovery effort and the recovery projects following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Morning lectures take place at 10:45 on weekdays throughout the Institution’s nine-week season.

Joan Chittister, a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania kicks off Week Five’s afternoon lectures. Chittister’s book “The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully” won her ninth Catholic Press Association award. She currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women.

Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, lectures Tuesday, July 26. Khan has lectured in the U.S. and internationally. She has appeared on ABC, PBS, BBC World, CNN, Fox News, National Geographic and Al Jazeerah.

Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, serves as the afternoon lecturer Wednesday, July 27. Hoffman works to combat racism, corruption and religious coercion through the promotion of Jewish Pluralism, tolerance and equality. She formerly represented the Civil Rights and Peace Movement on the Jerusalem City Council.

Hauwa Ibrahim, Visiting Professor, Harvard Divinity School. (Photo:

Hauwa Ibrahim lectures Thursday, July 28. Ibrahim, visiting professor at the Harvard Divinity School, became the only female recipient of the Sakharov Prize in 2005, joining the ranks of Nelson Mandela. She is also the founder of Aries Law Firm. As an attorney, Ibrahim defended human rights. She previously held a fellowship position at Yale University.

The week’s final afternoon lecturer is Nadine Epstein, editor and publisher of Moment, an independent Jewish publication. Epstein will oversee a panel discussion instead of delivering a lecture. The panel consists of Rabba Sara Hurwitz, The Rev. Mary Ramerman and Amina Wadud.

Afternoon lectures are held in the Institution’s Hall of Philosophy weekdays at 2:00. Afternoon lecture themes coordinate with the themes of the 10:45 a.m. lectures but take a different angle of vision.

Day tickets are available for purchase at the Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office on the day of your visit. For ticketing information, visit or call 716-357-6250.

Chautauqua Institution is a summer community located in southwestern New York State on Chautauqua Lake. Chautauqua specializes in the arts, education, religion and recreation and hosts over 2,200 events and 170,000 guests each summer. For more on Chautauqua, go to

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