Week Two :: June 30–July 7

American Identity

Who are we as Americans? Everyone has their own definition of the American identity, and most agree it’s being lost. A recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 71 percent of Americans feel the United States is losing its national identity — that is, the beliefs and values the country represents. During this week, we reach across the aisles of both politics and faith. We examine how we’ve defined American identity throughout our history and the stories we’ve told to shape that identity; the political, economic and social factors that shape our contemporary definitions; and what these different national identities — at times in conflict with one another — mean for our democracy and the prosperity of all Americans. We’ll consider whether a new foundation of American identity is necessary — or even possible.

 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Religion and American Identity

Religion has played a significant role in the evolution of an America identity. This week we will examine the role that religion has played in the development of that identity. Why is it that America continues to be the most religious nation in the developed world? How have various “moments” in American religious history shaped how America understands itself? We will begin with current data that will help us to know better who we have become, and who we are becoming.

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 04:00pm

    Berofsky, Gavrylyuk and Lipsky: Music for Piano Trio

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    Aaron Berofsky, violin; Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano; Arie Lipsky, cello

    The inaugural program of the Chautauqua Chamber Music Resident Artist Series is truly a “Triple-A” event, featuring Aaron, Alexander and Arie, all faculty for Chautauqua’s School of Music.



    Location: Lenna Hall

     

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 06:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: An Octoroon

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    In 1859, Dion Boucicault wrote a hit melodrama about the fate of an Octoroon woman in the antebellum south. Today, BJJ (a young black playwright) can’t get the story out of his head and writes his own version. But when the actors in his adaptation quit, BJJ takes on the role of the racist plantation overseer himself.



    Location: Bratton Theater

     

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Verdi Requiem"

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    Rossen Milanov, conductor | Buffalo Philharmonic ChorusMichelle Johnson, soprano | Leah de Gruyl, mezzo-soprano | William Burden, tenor | Kevin Thompson, bass

    Repertoire: Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, July 01, 2018 | 10:45am

    Rev. David Gushee

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    Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Christian ethicists, Dr. David P. Gushee is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 22 books and hundreds of articles in his field.

    Sun., July 1 at 10:45am | Mon., July 2 – Fri., July 6 at 9:15am



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, July 01, 2018 | 11:00am

    Art in the Park

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    There will once again be two Art in the Park shows in 2018. These events are hosted by the VACI Partners, Chautauqua's friends of the visual arts group. 60 artists will have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works in Miller Park on Sunday, July 1 or Sunday, August 5, 2018.



    Location: Miller Park

     

  • Sunday, July 01, 2018 | 02:15pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: An Octoroon

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    In 1859, Dion Boucicault wrote a hit melodrama about the fate of an Octoroon woman in the antebellum south. Today, BJJ (a young black playwright) can’t get the story out of his head and writes his own version. But when the actors in his adaptation quit, BJJ takes on the role of the racist plantation overseer himself.



    Location: Bratton Theater

     

  • Sunday, July 01, 2018 | 02:30pm

    American Legion Band of the Tonawandas

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    This 90-member band was formed in 1929 by WWI veterans and American Legion members, and has performed concerts from Carnegie Hall to Chicago. As Independence Day approaches, the band stands ready to perform for community celebrations while upholding the great tradition of the American Legion.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, July 01, 2018 | 08:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: An Octoroon

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    In 1859, Dion Boucicault wrote a hit melodrama about the fate of an Octoroon woman in the antebellum south. Today, BJJ (a young black playwright) can’t get the story out of his head and writes his own version. But when the actors in his adaptation quit, BJJ takes on the role of the racist plantation overseer himself.



    Location: Bratton Theater

     

  • Monday, July 02, 2018 | 09:15am

    Rev. David Gushee

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    Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Christian ethicists, Dr. David P. Gushee is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 22 books and hundreds of articles in his field.

    Sun., July 1 at 10:45am | Mon., July 2 – Fri., July 6 at 9:15am



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 02, 2018 | 10:45am

    Taína Caragol

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    Curator of painting and sculpture and Latino art and history, National Portrait Gallery

    Taína Caragol is curator of painting and sculpture and Latino art and history at the National Portrait Gallery. Since 2013 she has led the effort to increase the representation of Latino historical figures and artists at the museum.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 02, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Robert P. Jones

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    Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of PRRI and a leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics. He is the author of The End of White Christian America, two other books, and numerous peer-review articles on religion and public policy.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Monday, July 02, 2018 | 04:00pm

    ChamberFest Cleveland

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    Launched in 2012 by Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen and his daughter Diana Cohen, concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, ChamberFest Cleveland burst onto the scene with the goal of bringing a world-class chamber...



    Location: Lenna Hall

     

  • Monday, July 02, 2018 | 08:15pm

    School of Music: Music School Festival Orchestra

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    Timothy Muffit, music director and conductor



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 | 10:45am

    Jelani Cobb

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    Staff writer, The New Yorker

    As a staff writer at The New Yorker, Jelani Cobb writes about the enormous complexity of race in America.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Colin Woodard

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    Colin Woodard is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. Currently a contributing editor at Politico and State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where he won a 2012 George Polk Award, he was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize...



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 | 03:30pm

    The Public Library and Public TV and Radio’s Role in Shaping America’s Identity

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    Mary Jean Jakubowski, Director of Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries; Kathryn Larsen, Senior Director of Broadcasting, WNED-TV; Introduction by Dennis Galucki founder of Buffalo Day at Chautauqua



    Location: Hall of Christ

     

  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 | 07:00pm

    Barbara Bernstein, VACI Lecture Series

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    Barbara Bernstein, Artist in Residence Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

    "Drawing Attention: Learning to See"



    Location: Hultquist Center

     

  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 | 07:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: An Octoroon

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    In 1859, Dion Boucicault wrote a hit melodrama about the fate of an Octoroon woman in the antebellum south. Today, BJJ (a young black playwright) can’t get the story out of his head and writes his own version. But when the actors in his adaptation quit, BJJ takes on the role of the racist plantation overseer himself.



    Location: Bratton Theater

     

  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 | 07:30pm

    Cirque Montage

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    Comprised of aerialists, ground acts, a singer and a musician, this troupe of international performers hails from eight different countries including England, Russia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Turkmenistan, Japan, and the USA.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 04, 2018 | 10:45am

    James and Deborah Fallows

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    Authors, Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America; Creators, The Atlantic’s City Makers: American Futures project

    For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane and reporting on the people, organizations and ideas re-shaping the country.



    Location: Amphitheater