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. 

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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.

  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | 07:00pm

    Kathakaar

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    Shows at 5 & 7 p.m. | The history and culture of India comes to life with Kathakaar. Hear stories from India's multicultural history and mythology, learn to speak and clap Indian rhythms, and see the characteristic spins and fast footwork of kathak dance with dancer/storyteller (or kathakaar) Jin Won...



    Location: Smith-Wilkes Hall

     

  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “An Enigmatic Evening”

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    Into the Music Series No. 2Rossen Milanov, conductor |  Percussion, soloists

    Repertoire: David Lang: man made; Edward Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, op. 36, “Enigma”



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | 10:00pm

    Chautauqua Opera Young Artist Open-Mic Night #3

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    Get to know the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists better as they present a curated concert of musical theater selections in a laid-back setting.



    Location: Athenaeum Parlor

     

  • Wednesday, August 01, 2018 | 10:45am

    Saadia Zahidi

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    Head of Education, Gender and Work System Initiative; World Economic Forum

    Saadia Zahidi is the head of Education, Gender and Work System Initiative, and a member of the executive committee, at the World Economic Forum. She is also the author of Fifty Million Rising: The New Generation of Working Women Transforming the Muslim World.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, August 01, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Rev. Dr. John J. Scherer

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    Rev. Dr. John J. Scherer is Founder & President of the Scherer Leadership Center.  As a former Combat Officer on a US Navy Destroyer, Lutheran Chaplain at Cornell University, Gestalt and Family Systems Therapist, Graduate School co-creator, author, successful change consultant and entrepreneur, John brings a unique perspective to his life and work.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Wednesday, August 01, 2018 | 02:15pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: New Play Workshop: Untitled Russia Play

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    Two young Russian men try to find their way after the fall of communism. An absurd comedy about art, love and advertising in the dawn of capitalism.



    Location: Bratton Theater

     

  • Wednesday, August 01, 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: Southern Tier Brewery

     

  • 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 | 04:30pm

    Chautauqua Boys' and Girls' Club Air Band Competition

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    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • 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: Jump

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    After a death in the family, Fay finds unexpected solace on a bridge. A poetic drama about family, loss and the kindness of strangers. 



    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

     

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 | 10:45am

    Arthur C. Brooks

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    President, American Enterprise Institute

    Arthur C. Brooks has been president of the American Enterprise Institute since Jan. 1, 2009. He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Asher Lopatin

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    Rabbi Asher Lopatin is president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT), an Orthodox rabbinical school that teaches an inclusive and welcoming Torah. Prior to assuming the presidency of YCT in 2013, for eighteen years he served as rabbi of Anshe Sholom Congregation, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Chicago.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Modern Forgeries: from digital plagiarism to the phony kouros at the Getty

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    David Kaplin, State University of New York at Fredonia



    Location: Hall of Christ

     

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 | 04:00pm

    Chautauqua Opera Studio Artists Opera Scenes Program

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    The Chautauqua Opera Studio Artists present a diverse program of opera scenes, fully staged and costumed on the stage of Norton Hall.



    Location: Norton Hall