Chautauqua Institution News & Announcements

Chautauqua Interfaith Prayer Vigil: Creating Beloved Community After Charlottesville

President Michael Hill's Remarks for the Charlottesville Vigil

I confess to being at a loss today in the wake of what can only be described as an act of homegrown terrorism perpetrated on good people in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.

I am at a loss to offer words that might attempt to make sense out of something so senseless.

I am at a loss to provide an adequate expression of sympathy to those who continue to feel beaten down by hatred and ignorance and the cancer that is racism.

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Chautauqua Theater Company's 34th Season comes to a close with the classic love story of Romeo and Juliet

Chautauqua, NY - Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba and Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, will close its 34th season with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Dawn Monique Williams. Romeo and Juliet will run August 11-18 at Bratton Theater.

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Chautauqua Food Festival Announcements and Updates

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In the weeks leading up to our Food Festival we have been busy adding spectacular guest chefs, unique demonstrations and other exciting events to the week's schedule. Read our recent additions and don't forget to purchase your festival tickets!

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PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS as delivered to members of the Bestor Society on August 6, 2017

Following a selection of Mendelssohn performed by a Student Octet of the Music School Festival Orchestra, Timothy Muffit, Music Director

The invitation for today’s event asked you to join me for my first President’s Address to the Bestor Society.  This has been a season of firsts for me as the 18th President of Chautauqua, and truth be told, as I progress with you through our 144th Assembly, I feel both a briskness in the pace of this season and, at moments, as if time has simply stopped, asking us to pause and to drink in all the blessings this sacred place provides.

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Chautauqua Theater Company Announces 2017 New Play Workshops: Noah Haidle’s Birthday Candles And Robert Schenkkan’s Building The Wall

Chautauqua, NY - Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba and Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, is proud to continue its support of new play development with the 2017 New Play Workshops, running August 1-5 at Bratton Theater. The 2017 New Play Workshops are Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle and Building the Wall by Robert Schenkkan.

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Acclaimed Book Inspires Inter-arts Initiative

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The award-winning novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, regarded as a seminal work of Chicano literature, is inspiring an original musical composition, inter-arts performance and an art exhibition at Chautauqua Institution this summer. The book tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. It is among 20 books featured as selections of the 2017 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle and its Young Readers program.

Mango Suite, composed by Derek Bermel, is a 45- to 50-minute symphonic work that reimagines Cisneros’s observations through 12 musical vignettes that explore and emphasize themes such as the natural and supernatural world, cultural identity and alienation, maturity and longing for independence, and disappearance and death. Performed by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, with members of the Chautauqua Theater Company, and Chautauqua Voice Program and School of Dance, it premieres at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

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Sailors learn the ropes at instructor training at Chautauqua Institution

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Twelve sailors from many different locations flocked to Chautauqua Institution in late May for a four-day course to achieve their Level 1 Small Boat Instructor Certifications for on- and off-water instruction.

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Special Olympics New York Athletes Hone Skills at Chautauqua Golf Club

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The Chautauqua Lakers of Special Olympics New York’s Western Region visited Chautauqua Golf Club Tuesday to sharpen their skills, learn golf etiquette, play a few holes, and — most importantly — connect with friends while having fun.

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Chautauqua Institution Helps Raise Funds for Watershed Conservancy

Chautauqua Institution Helps Raise Funds for Watershed Conservancy

Chautauqua Golf Club and Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy joined forces Monday to host a golf tournament to benefit the Conservancy. Twenty-eight foursomes, each consisting of three amateurs and one PGA professional, took to the Lake Course to help raise nearly $45,000 for the local nonprofit.

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Let Us Begin. And Let Us Be Bold

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President Michael E. Hill Delivers His Three Taps Of The Gavel Address To Open The 2017 Season During Sunday's Morning Worship Service June 25, 2017 In The Amphitheater.
 
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Atom Atkinson Named Director of Literary Arts

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Chautauqua Institution today announced the appointment of Atom Atkinson of Interlochen, Michigan, as the new Director of Literary Arts effective September 1, 2017. Atkinson is currently an instructor of creative writing at Interlochen Arts Academy and Summer Camp.

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Civility in Discourse: The Past, Present, and Future of Adult Civic Learning, Remarks Michael E. Hill President

Civility in Discourse: The Past, Present, and Future of Adult Civic Learning 

Free Lecture - Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
Jefferson Educational Society

In a world no longer easily defined by religion, occupation or geography, can cultural institutions bridge generational divides, such as those between digital immigrants and digital natives?

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David Griffith Named Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education

David Griffith Named Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education

Chautauqua Institution to Grow Youth Programming

Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill today announced the appointment of David Griffith to the position of Vice President and Emily & Richard Smucker Chair for Education effective Sept. 1. Griffith is currently Director of Creative Writing for Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan.

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Peter Ho Davies’ The Fortunes wins 2017 Chautauqua Prize

TheFortunes PeterHoDavies CHQPrizeCHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce The Fortunes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Peter Ho Davies as the 2017 winner of The Chautauqua Prize.

As author of the winning book, Davies receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for himself and his family for a one-week summer residency at Chautauqua from July 8 to 15, 2017. A public reading will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, on the Institution's grounds.

Davies said he first came across the term “Chautauqua” as a college student reading Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in a class on the philosophy of science.

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Chautauqua Institution Announces Department of Religion Reorganization

Chautauqua Institution Announces Department of Religion Reorganization

Bishop Gene Robinson Appointed Incoming Vice President/Senior Pastor and Chair of President’s Advisory Council on Faith in Society

In anticipation of the departure of Director of Religion the Rev. Dr. Robert Franklin at the conclusion of the 2017 Chautauqua Institution season, President Michael E. Hill today announced plans to reorganize the Department of Religion with an eye toward shaping a national dialogue on faith in society.

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Six Finalists Named for 2017 Chautauqua Prize

CHQPrizeFinalists2017 IMG 1740 editedChautauqua Institution is pleased to announce six exceptional books as the 2017 finalists for The Chautauqua Prize, now in its sixth year:

  • The General vs. The President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, by H.W. Brands (Doubleday)
  • The Fortunes, by Peter Ho Davies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Blood River Rising: The Thompson-Crimson Feud of the 1920s, by Victoria Pope Hubbell (Iris Press)
  • Underground Airlines, by Ben H. Winters (Mulholland Books)
  • American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good, by Colin Woodard (Viking)
  • The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father, by Kao Kalia Yang (Metropolitan Books)

The winning book will be selected from this shortlist and announced in mid-May.

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Emily Morris Appointed as Institution Vice President, Chief Brand Officer

Emily Morris Appointed as Institution Vice President, Chief Brand Officer

Chautauqua Institution today announced the appointment of Emily F. Morris, Ph.D., as vice president of marketing and communications and chief brand officer. Morris is an experienced leader and executive in higher education, having previously served in similar roles at nearby universities St. Bonaventure and Edinboro. She is currently executive communications director at Kent State University.

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Smucker Chair for Education Sherra Babcock to Retire Following 2017 Season

Smucker Chair for Education Sherra Babcock to Retire Following 2017 Season

Chautauqua Institution today announced that Sherra Babcock, longtime vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education, will retire from her post in October 2017.

A familiar figure on the Chautauqua grounds, Babcock is probably best known for her frequent appearances onstage as moderator at lecture and literary arts programming throughout each summer season. Over more than a decade of visionary leadership, she has shepherded Chautauqua's signature and historic lecture and literary arts platforms to new levels of excellence and renown. She joined the Institution in 2007 as director of education and was appointed to her current position, the first and currently only endowed chair on Chautauqua’s staff, in 2011.

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The Rev. Robert M. Franklin to Step Down as Director of Religion Following 2017 Season

The Rev. Robert M. Franklin to Step Down as Director of Religion Following 2017 Season

Chautauqua Institution today announced that the Rev. Robert M. Franklin Jr., director of religion, will step down from his post following the 2017 season.

Franklin has served Chautauqua in his current capacity since 2014. He has been an active participant in the Institution’s religious programming since 2001, serving as lecturer, chaplain, theologian-in-residence, adviser to the Institution’s Abrahamic program, and as a member of the Institution’s board of trustees. His decision coincides with continued expansion of his responsibilities at Emory University, where he serves as a senior advisor to the president and James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership at the Candler School of Theology.

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Chautauqua Foundation Announces Conclusion of Successful $103.5 Million Promise Campaign

Chautauqua Foundation Announces Conclusion of Successful $103.5 Million Promise Campaign

The Chautauqua Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Chautauqua Institution, proudly announces having received gifts and commitments of $103.5 million during the course of its six-year Promise Campaign, exceeding the original goal by more than $5 million.

Concluded Dec. 31, 2016, the Promise Campaign commenced in 2011 with a series of objectives intended to implement Chautauqua Institution’s 2010–18 strategic plan. That strategic plan calls for an increase in the number of patrons to Chautauqua’s programs and improvements to the Chautauqua experience, especially in ways that would maintain affordability, provide access to new visitors, preserve its intergenerational culture, include new and divergent voices, and protect its historic and natural environments.

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