Dear Friends of the Summer Institute,

Approximately twenty-five years ago several prominent individuals on Martha’s Vineyard decided to create a Summer Institute that could add to the intellectual life on the island. Since its founding the Summer Institute has grown to become an important cultural entity. We owe this to the continued support of our Sponsors, and the network of islanders who have spread the word about our unique institution. Each Thursday evening, for six weeks, we offer thought-provoking talks on some of the critical issues facing us today.  

Shockingly we are approaching our third year of uncertainty as we continue to deal with COVID related events. This summer, once again, we will feature a hybrid speaker series. All talks will be held outside at the MV Hebrew Center as well as online for Sponsors unable to attend. Brunches will be held in-person at a beautiful island home.

This website offers an understanding of our organization and includes both current and past programs. We urge you to join us for our 2022 Summer Institute Speaker Series and Film Festival.

Best Regards,
Bruce Eckman, Ph.D., Chair
Shelly Eckman, Ph.D., Co-Chair