Week Six :: July 28–August 4

The Changing Nature of Work

The state of work in America exists in contradictions. Wealth creation is up, but the per-capita GDP is stagnating. Working-class wages have been flat for decades, but the “gig economy” is booming. This week we study the nature of work in this country, examining the future of automation, the changing role of labor unions, the identity politics of the working classes, and the disappearing line in work-life balance. We look across generations and social classes, seeking to find who we are in a culture that ties identity to the jobs we hold, and reclaiming and honoring the dignity of work.


Interfaith Lecture Theme :: A Spirituality of Work

Judaism and Christianity, as well as other faith traditions, espouse various perspectives regarding the nature of work. What are the practices and disciplines within religions which foster an understanding of work as inherently spiritual? Does the American spirit of rugged individualism help or hurt in understanding our relationship to work? Why do Americans seem to overly identify with their jobs? Why does “What do you do?” almost immediately follow asking someone their name? Why do people (and especially men) often experience a spiritual crisis upon retirement and the ending of “work” as a focus of their lives? Does economic inequality or wealth associated with work impact us spiritually? This week will strive to help us uncover the spiritual nature of our working lives.

  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 10:45am

    Jeremy Bailenson

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    Founding director, Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab

    Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, Professor (by courtesy) of Education, Professor (by courtesy) Program in Symbolic Systems...

    Location: Amphitheater


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

    Rabbi Daniel Cohen

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    Popular motivator, mentor, and inspirational speaker, Rabbi Daniel Cohen’s unique blend of authenticity, humor, wisdom, and insight helps anyone better navigate contemporary society and lead a life of legacy.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 03:15pm

    Afternoon of Song Recital #6

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    Enjoy the sunny ambiance of the Athenaeum Parlor and a view of the lake as you are serenaded with a variety of art songs ranging from the very old to the very new.

    Location: Athenaeum Parlor


  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Jessica Bruder, CLSC Author, Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century

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    From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. These invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 06:30pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: As You Like It

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    Rosalind and her cousin Celia journey through the Forest of Arden to find safety, and eventually love. Along the way they meet a rag-tag group of rebels in the woods, the lovesick poet Orlando, the melancholic philosopher Jacques, and the witty clown Touchstone.

    Location: Lakeside Park, Mayville


  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 07:15pm

    Opera Invasion #6: Grand Finale

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    A mobile concert. Follow the Chautauqua Opera Studio Artists as they traverse the grounds, joining forces for a grand finale in Bestor Plaza at 7:30 p.m.

    Location: Around the grounds, ending in Bestor Plaza


  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 08:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: New Play Workshop 2

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    Tickets on sale in April.

    Location: Bratton Theater


  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

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    Rossen Milanov, conductor | Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

    Repertoire: Georges Bizet: L'arlésienne Suite No. 1; Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade; Claude Debussy: Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune (Afternoon of a Faun); Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 

    Location: Amphitheater