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Here is a list of links to articles we've shared on Instagram in order of the date they were shared.

Nov. 23, 2020:

Nov. 18, 2020: Chautauquan Daily coverage of Scott Kelly 2019 lecture

Nov. 11, 2020, Veterans Day post:

  • Selections from Past Chautauqua Seasons
    All books available from the Chautauqua Bookstore: bookstore.chq.org

    Redeployment by Phil Klay
    Winner of the 2015 Chautauqua Prize
    2016 Chautauqua Lecture

    The Long Walk by Brian Castner
    2013 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection
    CLSC Roundtable Program

    Love My Bible More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army / Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War by Kayla M. Williams
    2016 Chautauqua Lecturer (recording not available)

    Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan by Doug Stanton
    2018 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection
    2018 CLSC Author Presentation

    Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden
    2009 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection
    CLSC Roundtable Program 

October 28, 2020: Profile of Carnahan-Jackson Garden by the Bird, Tree & Garden Club

October 27, 2020: Chautauquan Daily coverage of Elaine Weiss 2020 lecture | View the lecture on CHQ Assembly

October 20, 2020: Chautauquan Daily coverage of Jelani Cobb 2018 lecture

October 6, 2020: Chautauquan Daily coverage of Cecile McLorin Salvant's 2016 lecture/performance

August 8, 2020: Week Six Programs

August 4, 2020: What about Woodwinds?

August 3, 2020: Chautauqua Opera Company: Featuring Steven Osgood and Guest Host, Chauncey Packer

August 3, 2020: Chamber Music Series: Cantus

August 3, 2020: The Mirror Project Discussion

August 1, 2020: Chautauqua Mirror Project | The Chautauquan Daily

July 27, 2020: Two Russians, Eight Strings

July 27, 2020: Into the Music with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

July 24, 2020: School of Music Piano Recital

July 24, 2020: Old First Night Run/Walk

 July 23, 2020: Week Five Programs of the Chautauqua Assembly

July 23, 2020: Student Music Recital

July 23, 2020: Events Today

July 22, 2020: New Play Workshop 2: Tomorrow Will Be Sunday | The Chautauquan Daily

July 22, 2020: School of Music Voice Recital

July 22, 2020: Avett Brothers bassist Bob Crawford in conversation with Chautauqua's Gene Robinson

July 21, 2020: Into the Music with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: Sharing IDEAs: A conversation on inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility with Sphinx Organization

July 21, 2020: CVA Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Miguel Luciano

July 21, 2020: Chautauqua Theater Company: NPW 2 Brown Bag

July 20, 2020: Fitness Center Programs

July 18, 2020: Week Three | Art and Democracy

July 17, 2020: Cocktails, Concerts & Conversations featuring Gina Chavez, 5 p.m. EDT

July 17, 2020: Student Piano Recital, 4 p.m. EDT

July 16, 2020: Paula Kerger discusses “PBS American Portrait"

July 16, 2020: Week Four Programs of the Chautauqua Assembly 

July 15, 2020: Online Classroom and Youth Programs

July 15, 2020: African American Heritage House Lecture: Fahamu Pecou

July 15, 2020:  Mirror Project

July 14, 2020: Arts Events Today

July 14, 2020:  Mirror Project

July 11, 2020: School of Music Events

July 10, 2020:  An Evening with Ben Folds

July 10, 2020: Derek Thompson Lecture

July 10, 2020: Week Two lectures in review, The Chautauquan Daily

July 10, 2020: Chautauqua Opera Invasion

July 9, 2020: The Chautauquan Daily 

July 9, 2020: Into the Music with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Swing into the Season with CSO"

July 8, 2020: Afternoon Piano Recital with Nicola Melville and John Milbauer

July 8, 2020: Online Classes and Engagement for Youth and Adults

July 6, 2020: Chautauqua Assembly Online Platforms

July 5, 2020: Assembly Platforms and Schedule

July 4, 2020: Independence Day Celebration featuring Stuart Chafetz, Tony DeSare, Capathia Jenkins and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

July 3, 2020: Week Two Programs of the Chautauqua Assembly

July 3, 2020: Chautauqua Theater Company: Hello, Chautauqua!

July 3, 2020: Song requests for CSO concert on Monday July 7

July 1, 2020: Week Two Classes and Youth Programs

June 29, 2020: 2020 Opera events

June 28, 2020: Sign up for weekly youth programs

June 28, 2020: Katharine Wilkinson at Chautauqua

June 28, 2020: What Is Ecofeminism? Understanding The Intersection Of Gender & The Environment

June 27, 2020: Chautauqua Assembly

June 26, 2020: Christine Todd Whitman to speak at Chautauqua

June 26, 2020: Christine Todd Whitman on CNN

June 26, 2020: Opening Three Taps

June 25, 2020: New Online Youth Programs

 June 24, 2020: Chautauqua Opera Virtual Sing-In - Part 1, 5p.m. on June 24

June 23, 2020: June 24 Authors Convening 

June 23, 2020: Chautauqua Assembly

June 23, 2020: Darren Walker: Corporate America Has Failed Black America

June 23, 2020: Darren Walker at Chautauqua, July 14, 2020

June 22, 2020: Imani Perry conversations with Krista Tippett at Chahtauqua Institution

June 21, 2020: Maurice Carlos Ruffin, CLSC Author, We Cast a Shadow

June 20, 2020: learn.chq.org

June 19, 2020: 1619 Project

June 19, 2020: Nikole Hannah-Jones Examines Racism From ‘Slaveocracy’ to ‘Democracy’ | June 25, 2019 The Chautauquan Daily

June 19, 2020: Young Playerights Project

June 17, 2020: Pulitzer Winner David Blight to Expand on Frederick Douglass’ Life & Legacy | Chautauquan Daily 2019

June 17, 2020: One Week to Save Democracy | By David W. Blight

June 15, 2020: Prayers from Chautauqua's Interfaith FamilyNo. 15 • From the Jewish Tradition

June 14, 2020: Chaplain Ottis Moss II, God Provides Moral Compass, ‘Moral Imagination’ for Tough Times

June 14, 2020: Otis Moss III sermon archive

June 13, 2020 | Regenerative products just might save the planet – and the economy

June 12, 2020: Who is the ‘we’ in ‘We the People’? Cobb examines ‘fundamental divide’ of racism in defining identity

June 11, 2020: The Guardian | Quoting 2019 lecturer Eric Klinenberg: ‘Are you immune?’ The new class system that could shape the Covid-19 world

June 11, 2020: Sociologist Eric Klinenberg to Discuss Need for Shared and Community-Building Spaces | July 4, 2019, Chautauquan Daily

June 11, 2020: Eric Klinenberg Lauds Value of Libraries as Social Infrastructure | July 6, 2019, Chautauquan Daily

June 10, 2020: Director DuVernay discusses the politics of filmmaking | Chautauquan Daily, July 29, 2015

June 10, 2020: Sick of the ‘blue code of silence,’ director Ava DuVernay starts an initiative to spotlight police brutality

| Washington Post, June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020: Prayers from Chautauqua's Interfaith FamilyNo. 14 • From the Christian Tradition | Michael-Ray Mathews 

June 8, 2020: “Is America Possible?” | By By Dr. Corey D. B. Walker

June 7, 2020: Bryan Stevenson imparts Martin Luther King Jr.’s requirements for justice, peace

June 6, 2020: Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton | In interfaith lecture, Sutton suggests 4 steps for racial equality

June 5, 2020: Statement from President Michael E. Hill

June 5, 2020: Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation, Alternative Community

June 5, 2020: Racism is the temptation white people have yet to overcome | By Joan Chittister


10:45 a.m. Monday–Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.

Watch 2020 Lectures On-Demand

Week One :: June 26–July 3, 2021

China and the World: Collaboration, Competition, Confrontation?

  • Under President Xi Jinping’s rule, the world’s most populous country has been working toward fulfilling the “China Dream” of global leadership, positioning itself inside a “superpower marathon” with the United States. Now, amid a trade war, the arrival of COVID-19 has been met with harsh rhetoric from both sides, further straining U.S.-China relations.
  • In this week of geopolitics, economics and cultural exploration, we consider China’s role in the world after COVID-19 and whether it emerges stronger or weaker politically and economically. How is it leveraging the pandemic in its recovery and in its efforts to overtake the U.S. as the global leader in technology, and how is the U.S. responding? Is China an unstoppable force or has it already peaked?

Week Two :: July 3–10, 2021

New Frontiers: Exploring Today’s Unknowns

  • There is so much left to explore and discover — and the more humans explore, the more we learn how much remains undiscovered. We consider these new frontiers in science, health, technology, the environment, and look to where new insights are being gained every day.
  • In this week, we welcome the new explorers, the next generation of innovators, to learn what work they’re doing on the cutting edge of these fields, exploring the extraordinary and making the unknown, known.

Week Three :: July 10–17, 2021

Trust, Society and Democracy

  • Recent work from the Pew Research Center indicates a troubling trend: a growing distrust in the public’s political wisdom when it comes to democratic decisions. This idea — that we no longer even trust each other — is a relatively new phenomenon, and reflects a larger picture of distrust in institutions across the board.
  • How can trust be restored, and what is the role of healthy skepticism? What do we do with institutions that society has declared broken, what must institutions do to rebuild trust with those they serve, and how can we work to regain trust with one another?

Week Four :: July 17–24, 2021

Many Americas: Navigating Our Divides

  • We are many Americas. We are many geographies, many economies, many cultures, many beliefs. We are a nation of differences and divides, and in a summer following a presidential election and a devastating pandemic that has thrown those divides into stark relief, we look to better understand those many Americas, the barriers—real or perceived—that keep us apart, and together consider how we navigate our differences in charting a future for our nation.

Week Five :: July 24–31, 2021

The Authentic Comedic Voice: A Week in Partnership with the National Comedy Center

  • The art of comedy is deeply personal, requiring artists and creators to tap into their own experience to hone a unique, resonant and authentic voice.
  • In this week, we examine how comedians working in an array of genres, media and styles have found their voices, developed their voices and mobilized their voices to communicate with audiences in impactful — and entertaining — ways.

Week Six :: July 31–August 7, 2021

Building a Culture of Empathy

  • Creating understanding and compassion, empathy is critical in navigating our world and building community. Empathy might have a reputation associated with emotionality or sentimentality, but what does it look like in action, from improving health care via the doctor-patient relationship and fostering strong childhood development to implementing effective public policy and leading through times of crisis?
  • Instilling and normalizing empathy has the potential to help us connect across our most polarizing differences and survive our most tragic times, so how can we work together to build a lasting culture of empathy?

Week Seven ::August 7–14, 2021

The State of the Economy: Where Do We Go From Here?

  • What drives the rebuilding of the economy in the wake of COVID-19? In the summer of 2021 — a year and a half after the pandemic plunged the U.S. into recession — we examine the state of “recovery” from Main Street to Wall Street; what has been lost and what has thrived; and what the crisis has laid bare in terms of necessary investments and structural reforms. How do we make our economy more resilient?
  • During this week we consider what building a new economy can and should look like, beyond high employment and growing businesses. Do we want an economy that looks like the one we had on January 1, 2020, or one that is more just in the distribution of wealth? What will we have learned during the months following the re-opening of the economy, and what are we learning from the approaches of other nations? What — and who — have we deemed essential in this new and evolving economy?

Week Eight :: August 14–21, 2021

The Human Brain: Our Greatest Mystery

  • Neurophysiologist and Nobel Laureate David Hubel once asked, “Can the brain understand the brain? Can it understand the mind? Is it a giant computer … or something more?”
  • In this week, we explore the folds and recesses of this distinctly human mystery, bringing together neuroscientists and psychologists to chart a path through the enigma of our consciousness, through the impacts of trauma and stress on our health, through the gray matter and the white matter, neurons and synapses, the wiring that embodies our cognition, that sparks our selves.

Week Nine :: August 21–29, 2021


  • What drives people to keep going when forces outside their control work against them? And what does that tell us about our humanity and hope for the future? We close our 2021 season looking at the resilience that emerged during a tumultuous 2020. From a global pandemic to the quest for racial equality, we reflect on a revealing, historic period by lifting up the stories and the lessons of those who refused to give up, give in or go away.
  • Week Nine also welcomes the return of the Chautauqua Food Festival.

Refund FAQs

Is the Ticket Office staff working during the pandemic?
Yes! In accordance with NYS guidelines, some of our staff members work remotely from their homes while others are stationed on-site at the welcome center to facilitate curbside pick-up services.

What should I do if I have not received a refund for my 2020 ticket order?
Please contact the Ticket Office at your earliest convenience by calling 716.357.6250, by emailing ticketoffice@chq.org or by using the form below to submit your request.

How long will it take to process my refund?
Please note that all refunds and donations require ticket agent attention. Once your request has been processed by our agents:

  • Refunds to a credit card may take 3–7 business days to appear.
  • Refunds issued via check may take 3–6 weeks (working remotely may cause delays).
  • A letter of receipt for your tax-deductible donation to the 2020 Chautauqua fund will be sent to you by Chautauqua’s Office of Advancement.

I've received my concert ticket refund but the event has now been rescheduled for 2021. What next?

  • Patrons who purchased popular entertainment tickets for 2020 will be notified when tickets for each rescheduled concert go on sale.
  • To ensure that we have your most up-to-date contact information, please email us: ticketoffice@chq.org or call us at 716.357.6250.
  • Due to the uncertainty of future guidelines on seating arrangements for performance venues, we cannot guarantee ticket availability for rescheduled concerts. 



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