Week Three :: July 7–14

The Art of Play

Play is critically important in the social and emotional development of a child, but research also tells us that play shouldn’t end when we grow up. This week, we take a multigenerational approach to play, to the act of instructive fun. How does play help people of all ages build community, keep our minds sharp and strengthen the relationships with those we love? From the free-spirited, free-form play of youth to the intellectual challenge of puzzles and games to the creative problem-solving exhibited in board rooms, we examine the science behind the importance of play, the changing culture of play and gaming, and the innovative work aimed at improving our personal and professional lives through play.


Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Spirituality of Play

For Jews and Christians the notion of Sabbath is inscribed in the heart of the Ten Commandments and, therefore, in the heart of both religions — but how is this commandment differently understood and observed by each? How do we utilize the discipline of “taking a Sabbath day” to make space in an over-scheduled world? Why does this commandment insist on keeping the Sabbath Day holy — and how does one do that? How do faith traditions other than Judaism and Christianity relate to play? In this week we will discover that play is a necessary component of being human, and, perhaps, that play is therefore holy.

  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Diana Butler Bass

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    Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture.  She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the award-winning author of ten books...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 03:15pm

    Afternoon of Song Recital #3

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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, July 12, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Victor LaValle, CLSC Author, The Changeling

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    This captivating retelling of a classic fairy tale imaginatively explores parental obsession, spousal love, and the secrets that make strangers out of the people we love the most.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "An Evening of Concertos"

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    Rossen Milanov, conductor | Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

    Repertoire: Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18; Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123

    Location: Amphitheater