Week Eight :: Aug. 11–18

The Forgotten: History and Memory in the 21st Century

It is said that those who do not remember their history are doomed to repeat it. So we look to that history, and to the communities, movements and ideas existing at the fringes in our world today. What do we forget, at our own peril? How can we be stewards of remembering, and what must we remember? We are responsible for the histories of our societies, our families, and of our own individual selves. How can we preserve, honor, and ultimately learn from what was and what is? This meeting of the past and present hinges upon what — and who — we must remember.

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10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.


  • Monday, August 13, 2018 | 10:45am

    Sara J. Bloomfield

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    Director, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Sara J. Bloomfield is director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a global institution that raises Holocaust awareness, deepens understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust, confronts denial, and advances genocide prevention.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 10:45am

    David Grann

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    Staff writer, The New Yorker; Author, Killers of the Flower Moon

    Known for his immersive reporting, David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, a true crime tale that unravels one of the most sinister crimes and racial injustices in American history.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | 10:45am

    Beverly J. Warren

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    President, Kent State University

    Beverly J. Warren has served as president of Kent State University since 2014. Warren oversees one of the nation’s largest university systems, ranked in the first-tier of Best National Universities by U.S. New & World Report, with more than 39,000 students across eight campuses in Northeast Ohio.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 10:45am

    Abby Smith Rumsey

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    Author, When We are No More: How Digital Memory Will Shape Our Future

    Abby Smith Rumsey is a writer and historian focusing on the creation, preservation, and use of the cultural record in all media. Her most recent work is When We are No More: How Digital Memory Will Shape Our Future.

    Location: Amphitheater