Week Five :: July 21–28

The Ethics of Dissent

If dissent is the “highest form of patriotism,” at what point does dissent become harmful subversion? How does the First Amendment color the American debate on this subject, and what about other countries where these protections are nonexistent or less explicit? Is violence ever justified, and, if so, at what cost? In this week, we’ll examine the obligations of active citizens and cultural critics, look at the role dissent has played in the development of democracy and a muscular civic dialogue, and consider how dissent has changed — in the forms it takes, how it is responded to, and the rules by which society allows or prohibits it.

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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, July 23, 2018 | 10:45am

    Ralph Young

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    Author, Dissent: The History of an American Idea

    Ralph Young is a Professor of History at Temple University, and the author of Dissent: The History of an American Idea, a narrative history of the United States from the standpoint of dissenters and protests movements. 

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018 | 10:45am

    Suzanne Nossel

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    Chief executive officer, PEN America

    Suzanne Nossel serves as the chief executive officer of PEN America, the leading human rights and free expression organization. Since joining PEN America in 2013, Nossel has overseen a doubling of the organization’s staff and budget and groundbreaking work...

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 | 10:45am

    Shaun King

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    Columnist, The Intercept; Co-founder, Real Justice PAC

    Shaun King is one of many voices within the Black Lives Matter movement, and use social media to highlight, amplify, and discuss news of police brutality, racial discrimination, and other civil rights issues.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 10:45am

    Bari Weiss

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    Staff editor and writer, The New York Times opinion section

    Bari Weiss is a writer and editor for The New York Times opinion section, where she writes about culture and politics. Recently, her columns have covered rising anti-Semitism, the #MeToo movement, and free speech on college campuses.

    Location: Amphitheater