June 17, 2019
Dietrich Alumnus Matt Ewalt Takes a Seat at the Chautauqua Institution to Enrich Intellectual Pursuits
By Elena Papadakos
If you were to drive a hundred and sixty miles north and slightly east of Carnegie Mellon University, you would find yourself on the grounds of another revered educational site, known as the Chautauqua Institution.
You would also find Carnegie Mellon alumnus, Matt Ewalt (DC 2002, 2003), recently appointed vice president and head of Chautauqua’s educational programs. Ewalt has spent the last year preparing for the more 100,000 visitors that will arrive for the annual, summer season.
“I think Chautauqua at its strongest is a place in which you feel a sense of humility walking onto these grounds acknowledging that there is so much you don’t know, and so much you need to learn – not simply from someone on stage, but from someone you may meet 2-3 days from now, but otherwise may never encounter,” Ewalt explains.
Over the course of its nine prime season weeks, the Chautauqua Institution will host attendees from around the world to for lectures on a host of contemporary themes given by a cast of impressive speakers, including famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, former Ohio Governor John R. Kasich and retired astronaut Scott Kelly.