Week Nine :: Aug. 18–26

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Intersection of Cinema and Religious Values

Religious values continue to be a potent influence in the minds of young, contemporary filmmakers in modern America. How have these filmmakers navigated the difficult and sensitive waters of religion to bring these films to the screen? What effects are these films having? In this week we will witness the power of the visual narrative to change hearts and minds.

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Chautauqua Institution Food & Film Festival

Join us from Aug. 19 to 24 for a week long Food & Film Festival. Film and food lovers will gather with filmmakers for a festival featuring screenings, conversations, and great food & craft beverages throughout the grounds. In addition, Bestor Plaza will once again come alive with a daily roster of food- and drink-themed events, from cooking demonstrations and competitions to interactive experiences and tastings prepared by the best regional restaurants, farms, wineries and breweries.

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2 p.m. Lectures

Interfaith Lectures

2 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Hall of Philosophy

The Interfaith Lecture Series is designed to present issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, religious, spiritual, ethical, and humanitarian perspectives.


  • Monday, August 20, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Dan Karslake

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    Daniel Karslake, a seventh generation Chautauquan, is an award-winning director and producer whose work deals with social justice issues.  He directed and produced FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO, a feature documentary about the intersection of religion and homosexuality, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Michael Calabria, OFM

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    Michael Calabria, OFM, PhD is a Franciscan friar and founding director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University (www.sbu.edu/CAIS). He holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies (Johns Hopkins), an MA in Egyptology (Brown University), an M. Div/MA in Theology (Washington Theological Union), and a PhD in Islamic Studies...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Macky Alston

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    Macky Alston’s first film, Family Name, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, where it won the Freedom of Expression Award and later aired on PBS’ POV.  Since then he has directed Questioning FaithThe Killer Within, and Hard Road Home.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Dan Habib

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    Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares about Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and many other short filmson disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Friday, August 24, 2018 | 02:00pm

    The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton and Bishop Gene Robinson

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    The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Formerly Canon Pastor of Washington National Cathedral and director of its Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, he has also served as a college chaplain, parish priest, and professor of homiletics and liturgy at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy