Dear Friends of the Summer Institute,

Most of us come to Martha’s Vineyard because its manifest beauty has touched our hearts in some deep way. It combines a way of life and the chance to meet others who share our appreciation of the Island and its tranquility. But we don’t leave the rest of the world behind.

In the 21 years since it’s founding, the Summer Institute has grown to become an important cultural institution on the Island, welcoming diverse viewpoints and ideas. With the generous support of our Sponsors, we bring two months of programs to the Vineyard every summer. In the coming season, we will continue enriching the lives of Islanders by providing thought-provoking speakers and films. As the season comes to a close, the privilege of being Chair of the Summer Institute has been passed onto me from Joe Bower and the Summer Institute Advisory Committee.

This website provides you with an introduction to our organization and programs, and we urge all of you – Islanders and visitors alike – to join us for our next exciting series of speakers and films in the 2018 season of the Summer Institute.

Best Regards,

Bruce Eckman, Ph.D.
Chair, Summer Institute