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.

  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 | 10:30am

    Opera Invasion #2: So You Think You're Louder Than an Opera Singer

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    The Chautauqua Boys’ and Girls’ Club will compete to see who can out-sing the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists.



    Location: Sharpe Field

     

  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 | 10:45am

    David Brooks

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    Columnist, The New York Times

    David Brooks became an op-ed columnist for The New York Times in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard and is currently a regular commentator on the “PBS NewsHour.”



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 | 02:00pm

    John Halpin

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    John Halpin is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress focusing on political theory, communications, and public opinion analysis. He is the co-director and creator of the Progressive Studies Program at CAP, an interdisciplinary project researching the intellectual history...



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Thursday, July 05, 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

     

  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 | 03:15pm

    Afternoon of Song Recital #2

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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 05, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Caroline Fraser, CLSC Author, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

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    Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls — the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Thursday, July 05, 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

     

  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Charlotte Ballet with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra"

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    Hope Muir, director | Rossen Milanov, conductor | Vahn Armstrong, violin



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, July 06, 2018 | 10:45am

    Amy Chua

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    Author, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

    Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School and the author of several books, including her most recent: Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, July 06, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Adam Chalom

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    Rabbi Adam Chalom has served as Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, the leadership and rabbinical training institution of the world-wide movement of Secular Humanistic Judaism, since 2007.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Friday, July 06, 2018 | 03:30pm

    America in 1968: The far side of the moon and the birth of the culture wars

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    Dr Andrew Roth, Former president of St. Bonaventure University



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Friday, July 06, 2018 | 04:00pm

    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

     

  • Friday, July 06, 2018 | 07:00pm

    Kate Werble, VACI Lecture Series

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    Kate Werble, Director, Kate Werble Gallery, NYC



    Location: Hultquist Center

     

  • 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 | 02:00pm

    Contemporary Issues Forum: Cheryl Franklin

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    Cheryl Franklin, MD, Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Saturday, July 07, 2018 | 05:00pm

    Don Giovanni Operalogue

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    Get all the colorful details about Don Giovanni from General & Artistic Director, Steven Osgood, and hear excerpts from the opera performed by Chautauqua Opera Apprentice Artists.



    Location: Smith Wilkes Hall