Preserve, Reinvigorate, Blossom

Showcasing Chautauqua’s rich heritage, the Miller Edison Cottage at 24 Miller Park — home of the Institution’s co-founder, Lewis Miller, dating from 1875 — is the only structure specifically designated as a National Historic Landmark on the grounds.

Join the effort to preserve the cottage owned by the Miller family for 140 years… largely unchanged and retaining many of its original furnishings. Now the property of the Institution thanks to a generous gift from Tom Hagen, the cottage has received tremendous support from the community to establish an endowment fund. Yet, there remain pressing needs for capital improvements. The community is invited to join this effort, as well as help reinvigorate the surrounding garden designed by groundbreaking female landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman.

Make a gift today to ensure the Miller Edison Cottage will continue to stand as an architectural testament to the many generations who have passed through its doors, while extending an invitation for future generations to step into a bygone era surrounded by a blossoming botanical showcase. You can support this effort by making a gift to the restoration and future care of the garden, or toward improvements at the cottage. Click below for ways to give! 

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Skillfully designed, balancing formal and wild elements, the garden that surrounds the cottage was designed by landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman. Your gift will reinvigorate a diversity of perennials, shrubs and trees, as well as restore pathways, a stone terrace, small pool and bubbling fountain.

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Help this space bloom for years to come by providing endowment support. The endowment will fund, in perpetuity, the maintenance, weeding, and perennial care required to have a healthy eco-system and beautiful gardens.

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An endowment has been raised for the future care and maintenance of the cottage, but there are structural, safety and accessibility concerns that must be addressed in the immediate future through significant capital investment. Your gift will help make these necessary updates by funding improvements recommended by preservation and structural architects.

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On Saturday, April 21, NOW Generation volunteers are organizing events in 9 cities spanning the country to bring “CHQNearYou.”

Each gathering features a different vibe—be it a brewery tour, "open mic" event, lecture, or a family-friendly tour of the ballpark—and you’re invited! With NOW Gen hosts designing these gatherings, we are excited to bring Chautauquans together in person, and further connect the NOW Gen community through social media.

Host cities for “CHQNearYou” include:

Boulder, CO
Washington, DC
Chicago, IL
Boston, MA
Brooklyn, NY
Portland, OR
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Dallas, TX

Keep scrolling for details, by city, or click on the list above.

Please invite your friends and fellow Chautauquans living across the country to participate by sharing these events on Facebook!

Share your photos, videos, and more! Hashtag: #CHQNearYou 

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Boulder, CO

You're invited to our sister Chautauqua for a scenic hike followed by dinner at the Chautauqua Dining Hall. The hike is weather-dependent, however dinner will be held at 5 pm regardless of the elements as it is indoors.

3:00–7:00 p.m. MT

Colorado Chautauqua Association
900 Baseline Road
Boulder, CO 80302

RSVP: Kate McKee Simmons, NOW Gen Advisory Council: or 303.917.2248

Audience:All ages are welcome to attend this gathering.

Additional Details: There is no fee for the hike. Each person is responsible for purchasing their own dinner.


Washington, DC

You're invited to a reception and special presentation by Sacha M. Rosen, who will speak about Social Sustainability in Urban Development in DC and the surrounding area.

2:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Smith Commons (3rd floor)
1245 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

RSVP: Katie Prechtl Cooke, NOW Gen Advisory Council Chair: or 410.279.5907

Host Committee: Philip Bermel Katie Prechtl Cooke • Hannah Goldberg • Sheri Lockwood  Kyle Oliver • Stephanie Schuerman  Taylor Shomo • Megan Reeve Snair

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. There is no cost beyond purchasing your beverages.


Chicago, IL

Enjoy a tour of Moody Tongue Brewery! Tours include a culinary brewing discussion, a full tour of the brewhouse and barrel aging room, a complimentary Perennial beer, as well as a Moody Tongue logo glass to take home.

3:00–5:00 p.m. CT

Moody Tongue Brewing Company
The Glass Factory, Building 3
2136 S Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60608

RSVP: Brigid Gallagher: or 773.308.5194

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: There is a $20 fee for the brewery tour. Additional refreshements are available for individual purchase.


Boston, MA

You're invited to a private tour of Major League Baseball's oldest ballpark, the historic Fenway Park. Following the tour, make your way to Boston Beer Works for lunch.

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. ET

Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
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RSVP: Mhoire Murphy, NOW Gen Advisory Council: or 248.891.3402

Host committee: Annie Steadman Hamill• Mhoire Murphy • Betsy Odland• Kat Orlov

Audience: All ages are welcome to attend this gathering.

Additional Details: There is a $20 fee for the tour (same price for adults & children). RSVPs are strongly encouraged as tickets will need to be purchased in advance through the contact listed above. The restaurant is within walking distance from Fenway, and each person is responsible for purchasing their own lunch.


Brooklyn, NY

You're invited to Prospect Heights for a "CHQ Open Mic" gathering. Join fellow Chautauquans and bring your friends for light refreshments and fun. No specific musical or performance talent is required, as amateurs, professionals and spectators alike are welcome!

2:30–5:00 p.m. ET

Home of Mamie Kanfer-Stewart and Justin Stewart
Address to be provided upon making your reservation.

RSVP: Mamie Kanfer-Stewart: or 347.541.5474

Host committee: Brian Goehring, NOW Gen Advisory Council • John Haskell, NOW Gen Advisory Council Will McEvoy, NOW Gen Advisory Council Jennifer Rapoport Amy Schiller, NOW Gen Advisory Council Vice-Chair • Mamie Kanfer-Stewart Justin Stewart

Audience: All ages are welcome to attend this gathering. Babysitter services will be provided for those who have children too young to partake in the festivities. For planning purposes, please indicate if you will be bringing young guests.

Additional Details: There is no cost to attend.


Portland, OR

Enjoy libations at the iconic Back Stage Bar at the Bagdad Theater & Pub! From its 1930s vaudeville behind-the-scenes area to 1970s arthouse and hippie hangout, there's lots to experience.

4:00–6:00 p.m. PT

Back Stage Bar at Bagdad Theater & Pub
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

RSVP: Russell Bermel, NOW Gen Advisory Council: or 716.983.0423

Host committee: Russell Bermel • Brian Digel • Matt Digel • Helen Mead

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: Food and drink are available for individual purchase.


Philadelphia, PA

Come to Yard Brewery's new taproom to enjoy 20 different beers on tap and pub fare. No tours are currently being offered due to recent construction, but if that changes we'll update you here!

2:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Yards Brewing Company
500 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

RSVP: Jakob Dobrowolski, NOW Gen Advisory Council: or 772.559.1077

Host committee: Jakob Dobrowolski • Dan McKiernan

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: Food and drink are available for individual purchase.


Pittsburgh, PA

Enjoy a tour at Southern Tier Brewery's PA location, and stay to enjoy a pint with friends at the taproom! Food is available for individual purchase from their full menu of options.

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET

Southern Tier Pittsburgh
316 N Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

RSVP: Liz Curry Watkins: or 864.918.3800

Host committee: Peter Greb • Erin Potts• Liz Curry Wakins

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: There is no cost for the tour. Food and drink are available for individual purchase.

Dallas, TX

You're invited to an afternoon in Kylde Warren Park, with a Dallas Skyline 360 tour with DCFA, followed by time to play games at the Reading Room games cart, a game of croquet & a few swings at the putting green, ending with drinks at the park's gastropub, Savor.

RAIN PLAN: Meet at the entrance to the DMA and take a self-guided tour of DMA favorites (click here for tour details). Enjoy time at the museum followed by drinks at Savor.

2:15–5:15 p.m. CT

Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Dallas, TX 75201

RSVP: Emily Kiracofe Loessberg: or 330.501.9912

Host committee: Carrie Zachry Oliver, NOW Gen Advisory Council • Emily Kiracofe Loessberg• BJ Loessberg

Audience:Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: There is no cost to attend beyond purchasing your beverages or refreshments. Meet at the Reading Room at 2:15 pm CT for the tour (see map).


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2018 Scholar: Ralph Young

Tuesday, July 24 – Thursday, July 26
8:30 - 10:15 AM at Smith Wilkes Hall


Overarching theme:

This course will be examining, analyzing and discussing the historical evidence to support the thesis that dissent is central to American history. That, in fact, dissent created the United States, that it was the precipitating factor in the formation of the United States, it is in our DNA and is the most significant, defining characteristic of the American people. Dissent is the fuel for the engine of progress. Dissent is the most patriotic expression of "American-ness." 

Suggested reading for general background (not required):
Dissent: The History of an American Idea, Ralph Young, NYU Press (2015)

Dissent in America: Voices That Shaped a Nation, Ralph Young, Longman Publishing Group (2009)
While a full edition of the book is available with these all assembled, the readings that are most essential include the following:

Day 1: 

The focus will be on the European foundations of dissent that culminated in the formation of the United States. Roughly, we will be dealing with the time period 1487-1789.

Day 2:

On Day 2, we will look at the evolution of dissent through the 19th century and early 20th centuries, focusing on Transcendentalism, Abolitionism, Feminism, Workers' Rights, Radicals and Socialists. 

Day 3:

Lastly, we will focus on the 1960s (Civil Rights, Antiwar, Counterculture) dissent movements as well as contemporary dissent (Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Indivisible, Never Agan, March for Our Lives).

About the Facilitator

Young Ralph 1045am 07232018Ralph Young is a Professor of History at Temple University and the author of Dissent: The History of an American Idea, a narrative history of the United States from the standpoint of dissenters and protests movements. That book was a finalist for the 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award.

Young is also the author of Make Art Not War: Political Protest Posters from the Twentieth Century and editor of Dissent in America: Voices That Shaped a Nation. His writing has appeared in The New England Quarterly, USA Today Magazine, the History News Network and in blogs for the National Constitution Center, Salon and, among other outlets.

At Temple University, Young is the founder of weekly, campus-wide teach-ins, in which students and faculty investigate the historical context of controversial contemporary issues. Young has been honored with the Provost's Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education, the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teaching Award, Honors Professor of the Year, and most recently the Lindback Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

He was a Fulbright Specialist Fellow at the University of Rome and every two years, he teaches a seminar on dissent movements at Charles University in Prague. Previously, he taught at the University of London and at Bremen University in Germany. Young received his PhD from Michigan State University.

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You and your family can be part of this important moment in Chautauqua’s history. By building an endowment for the Amphitheater, the Chautauqua community solidifies a commitment to ensuring the new Amp will be a safe, functional and welcoming home for speakers and performers, audiences and generations of Chautauquans to come.

Anyone contributing $1,000 or more to the Amphitheater endowment will be recognized on the on-site monuments. Names of new donors will be added in each subsequent year. In addition, individuals or families who make a gift of $15,000+ to the Amphitheater endowment can be recognized with a custom, engraved plaque to be installed on a bench in the Amp. This gift may be paid over the course of three years. 





Your gift of $15,000 or more to the Amphitheater Endowment (payable over three years) will be doubled thanks to a matching gift of $1,500,000 by Chautauquan Tom Hagen.

When 100 families contribute $15,000 each, Chautauqua will have $3 million for the ongoing maintenance of our fabulous new Amphitheater. 

So stand up and be seated—Chautauqua will recognize your gift with a handsome, engraved plaque on an Amp bench.











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2017 Scholar: Linda Greenhouse

Tuesday, July 25 – Thursday, July 27
8:30 - 10:15 AM at Smith Wilkes Hall


Overarching theme:

The Supreme Court has been front and center in the news this year. This course will go behind the news to consider the Court from a different perspective. We will examine the Court’s role in setting the nation’s legal—and inevitably, its political—agenda. We’ll explore how the Justices acquire the information they need to decide complex cases. And finally, we will look at the confirmation process to see whether it is broken beyond repair.

Suggested reading for general background:
The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction, Linda Greenhouse, Oxford University Press (2012)


Day 1: 

The Court's Agenda—and ours—How do the Justices select 70 cases a year from the 8,000 appeals that reach them? The Supreme Court’s agenda-setting function is the most under-appreciated, least transparent aspect of the Court’s work. We will turn a lens on the Roberts Court to better understand the significance of “deciding what to decide.”

Suggested reading:
Is It Important to be Important: Evaluating the Supreme Court’s Case-Selection Process, Frederick Schauer, Yale Law Journal (2009)


Day 2:

Voices at the Court—How do the Justices acquire the information they need? We will tune in to the voices that reach the Court through briefs and oral arguments. We’ll examine the role of the elite Supreme Court bar and of the increasing number of “friends of the court” that some believe have too much leeway to base arguments on unproven facts.

Suggested reading:
The Echo Chamber, Joan Biskupic, Reuters Special Report (December 2014)


Day 3:

The confirmation process—Is it irretrievably broken? What might a rational nomination and confirmation process look like, and how did we stray so far into the political wilderness? We will consider what changes, if any, might get the process on a different track.

Suggested reading:
Questioning Justice: Law and Politics in Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, Robert Post and Reva Siegel, Yale Law Journal (2006)

About the Facilitator

LindaGreenhouse webLinda Greenhouse is the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Yale Law School. From 1978 to 2008, she was the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times and currently writes a bi-weekly op-ed column for the Times as a contributing writer.

She received several major journalism awards during a 40-year career at the Times, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2004. In 2002, the American Political Science Association gave her its Carey McWilliams Award for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”

Greenhouse is one of two non-lawyers elected to honorary membership in the American Law Institute, which in 2002 awarded her its Henry Friendly Medal. She serves on the council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and on the national senate of Phi Beta Kappa. This year, she assumed the presidency of the American Philosophical Society, the first woman to head the country’s oldest learned society since its founding by Benjamin Franklin 274 years ago.

Her publications include Becoming Justice Blackmun (2005); Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel, 2010); The U.S. Supreme Court, A Very Short Introduction (2012); and The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right (with Michael J. Graetz, 2016). A memoir, Just a Journalist, will be published in fall 2017 by Harvard University Press.

Greenhouse is a graduate of Radcliffe College (Harvard), and earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, which she attended on a Ford Foundation fellowship.