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

     

  • Sunday, July 01, 2018 | 10:45am

    Rev. David Gushee

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    Rev. Dr. David Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University.

    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

     

  • Monday, July 02, 2018 | 09:15am

    Rev. David Gushee

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    Rev. Dr. David Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University.

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



    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

     

  • 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 | 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

     

  • Friday, July 06, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: “Scared Scriptless”

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    These two stars of the Emmy-nominated TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” will keep multiple generations laughing with their PG-rated family show. Known for interactive improvisation, this unscripted show includes variations on many of the games showcased on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” including “Sound FX” and “One Word Expert.”



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Saturday, July 07, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Opera Company: Don Giovanni

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    When ultimate bad-boy and legendary womanizer Don Giovanni goes too far, he finds himself tangled in his own web of lies and deception. Experience the magic of Mozart in the Amphitheater! With its perfect blend of tragedy and comedy, larger than life characters and stunning score, this opera is an irresistible classic.



    Location: Amphitheater