Message from the Vice President

geof follansbeeFulfilling the vision and objectives of 150 Forward — the Institution's strategic plan invites and demands a significant investment. Generous philanthropy has been central to re-energizing the Institution over the past several decades. And it is crucial for Chautauqua to engage more fully in the larger society and thus flourish during the summer.

Our role in the Office of Advancement is to assist you in aligning your charitable interests with opportunities at Chautauqua. We are eager to work with you to help you create an impact both here and in society. Whether you love the arts, are concerned about public policy, have an interest in bringing together multiple generations in shared learning experiences, want to deepen the consideration of faith in public and private life or care about the environment, your philanthropy can find an outlet at the Institution. And as so many do, if you care about all these things, there is no place comparable to Chautauqua to make a difference.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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Geof Follansbee
Vice President of Advancement
Chautauqua Institution


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2019 Scholar: Amani M. Allen

Wednesday, July 17 – Friday, July 19
8:30 - 10:15 AM at Smith Wilkes Hall

UNNATURAL CAUSES: Social Inequalities as Fundamental Causes of Health Inequities

Overarching theme:

This short course will explore the role of social inequalities in determining long-standing disparities in health, with particular focus on disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. We will interrogate the mechanisms by which social inequalities get under the skin and discuss strategies for ameliorating these disparities.  

Suggested reading for general background (not required):

Day 1: 

We will focus on the origins of racial and ethnic classification in the US, explore patterns of racial and ethnic health disparities over time, and discuss challenges associated with evidence underlying common explanations of racial/ethnic health disparities.

Day 2:

On Day 2, we will discuss self- vs. socially-assigned race and its foundational role in understanding social stress as an explanation for racial health disparities. We will also explore various mechanisms through which social stress is embodied and gets under the skin to impact both racial and socioeconomic health disparities, resulting in premature biological aging. 

Day 3:

Lastly, we will examine the various ways social inequalities makes us sick, and explore together the question of responsibility and accountability related to both racial and socioeconomic health disparities.

About the Facilitator

Allen Amani 1045am 071619Amani M. Allen is Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, where her research focuses on race and socioeconomic health disparities and the measurement and study of racism as a social determinant of health.

Her broad research interest is to integrate concepts, theories and methods from epidemiology and the social and biomedical sciences to examine racial inequalities in health as they exist across populations, across place, and over the life-course. Allen is Principal Investigator of the African American Women's Heart & Health Study, which examines the association between racism stress, cardiometabolic risk, and biological stress more generally, among African American women in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also Co-Principal Investigator of the Bay Area Heart Health Study which examines similar associations among African American men with an emphasis on coping and internalized racism. Her research has included work on doctor-patient race-concordance; the intersection of race, socioeconomic status, and gender on risk for psychological distress, disability, adult mortality, and child health and development; racial segregation; income inequality; and racism stress and a range of mental and physical health outcomes. Dr. Allen has published numerous academic articles in top scientific journals including the American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Annals of Epidemiology, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences and Psychoneuroendocrinology, where her recent paper examining racial discrimination, educational attainment and biological dysregulation among African American women was recently named Editor's Choice. Dr. Allen's work has been featured on NPR, CBS, The Guardian, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She has received numerous awards for teaching excellence and as a junior faculty member was honored with the singular award for Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award at the University of California Berkeley.

Allen received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park, her Master of Public Health (MPH) from the George Washington University, and her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Johns Hopkins University. She was also a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley.


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 capital 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.



 Your capital gift will support projects such as:

  • conducting a historic paint analysis
  • re-painting the cottage interior and exterior
  • installing new gutters and downspouts
  • refinishing flooring
  • installing a new basement slab
  • insulating the attic
  • repairing ceilings
  • upgrading plumbing
  • restoring windows and treatments

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On Saturday, April 6, NOW Generation volunteers are organizing events in 12 cities spanning the country to bring “CHQNearYou.”

Each gathering features a different vibe — be it a brewery tour, an outdoor excursion, film festival, or evening at 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:

Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Boulder, CO
Washington, DC
Chicago, IL
Boston, MA
New York, NY
Western New York
Cleveland, OH
Philadelphia, PA
Nashville, TN
Austin, 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 using hashtag #CHQNearYou for a chance to win fun prizes!

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Los Angeles, CA

Join fellow Chautauquans at Spoke Bicycle Cafe for a meetup and (optional) bike ride. The quaint combo cafe and bike shop on the LA River is an oasis from the typical gridlock and, like Chautauqua, is operated in the hope of getting people out of their cars, closer to nature, and into relationship with their neighbors.

2:00–4:00 p.m. PT

Spoke Bicycle Cafe
3050 N. Coolidge Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039

RSVP: Kurt or 323.337.3185

Host committee: Matt Cady • Kurt Conner

Audience: All ages are welcome to attend this gathering.

Additional Details: Refreshments are available for individual purchase at the vegan-friendly cafe. Bike rentals are $12 for one hour, or $20 for two hours (prices include helmet).

San Francisco, CA

Families and individuals of all ages are invited to gather on the Presidio Main Post Lawn for a casual (potluck-style) picnic and an afternoon of fun. Enjoy views of the Golden Gate bridge, lunch and Field 1 games from 11:30 am-1:30 pm PT, followed by bowling at Presidio Bowl from 1:30-2:30 pm PT.

11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. PT

Presidio Main Post Lawn
(lawn across from Presidio Bowl)
93 Moraga Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

RSVP: Danielle DeLancey: or 443.223.8103 / register via Google Forms (click here)

Host Committee: Danielle DeLancey Jakob Dobrowolski, NOW Gen Advisory Council   Anne Trapasso

Audience: All ages are welcome to attend this gathering.

Additional Details: The host committee will provide key picnic provisions. Please bring your favorite California or Western New York dish to share. The Presidio Main Post Lawn is large. The meeting point is at the top of the lawn, immediately across the street from Presidio Bowl. There will be a nominal fee for those who wish to bowl. Additional food & drink are available for purchase at the bowling alley. In the off-chance of rain, please meet at Presidio Bowl instead of the lawn.

Boulder, CO

Enjoy tea and socialize with friends at the beautiful Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. Nestled against the Rocky Mountain Foothills and sitting alongside Boulder Creek, the Teahouse showcases Persian hand-carved and hand-painted architectural elements.

3:00–5:00 p.m. MT

Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
1770 13th Street
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: The cost for afternoon tea is $24 per person, or $15 for children under age 9.

Washington, DC

Join a special Cherry Blossom Tidal Basin tour for an opportunity to see the memorials and iconic cherry blossoms in their full splendor. This privately-guided tour meets outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bookstore, takes approximately 1.5 hours and covers approximately 1 mile, ending at the Jefferson Memorial.

1:30–3:00 p.m. ET

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bookstore
121 West Basin Dr SW
Washington, DC 20418

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

Host Committee: Russell Bermel  Billy and Callie DeLancey • Hannah Goldberg • Sheri Lockwood  Mhoire Murphy • Kyle Oliver • Stephanie Schuerman

Audience:  All ages are welcome to attend this gathering.

Additional Details: There is a $12 fee for the tour, payable in advance via Venmo or PayPal to Russell Bermel. Tour will be held rain or shine. Sturdy walking shoes, bottled water and comfortable clothes are recommended.

Chicago, IL

Join Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) Curator and Deputy Director Karen Irvine for a private, behind-the-scenes museum tour and visit the photo vault housing the collection. After the tour, enjoy lunch with fellow Chautauquans at a nearby establishment to be announced.

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. CT

Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

RSVP: Kate Groninger, NOW Gen Advisory Council: or 804.357.9246

Audience: All ages are welcome to attend this gathering.

Additional Details: There is no fee for the tour and lunch is available for individual purchase. Space is limited; your advance registration is appreciated!

Boston, MA

Joing fellow Chautauquans at Lucky Strike for an afternoon of bowling, arcade games and craft beer at Cheeky Monkey!

2:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Lucky Strike
145 Ipswich Street
Boston, MA 02215

RSVP: Kat Orlov: or 925.785.0728

Audience: All ages are welcome to attend this gathering.

Additional Details: Games and refreshments are available for individual purchase.

New York, NY

Join fellow Chautauquans for a "Sports Club, NYC Style" experience during an afternoon of ping pong, shuffleboard, and more at Fat Cat.

3:00–6:00 p.m. ET

Fat Cat Music
75 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

RSVP: Amy Schiller, NOW Gen Advisory Council Vice-Chair: or 216.409.8462

Host committee: Will McEvoy, NOW Gen Advisory Council • Amy Schiller, NOW Gen Advisory Council Vice-Chair

Audience: All ages are welcome to attend this gathering. 

Additional Details: The cost is $15/person.

Western NY

Covering territory from Buffalo, to Jamestown, to Mayville  enjoy a day of laughs and drafts in Western New York! The full line-up includes lunch or libations at the Labatt Brew House at noon, followed by a tour of the National Comedy Center at 3 pm with a special welcome by NCC Executive Director Journey Gunderson & Chautauqua's VP of Education Matt Ewalt, topped off with a pint at the newly-opened Big Inlet Brewing. Come for part or all of the festivities, and celebrate the Institution's partnership with the National Comedy Center during Week Six, "What's Funny?"

12:00–1:30 p.m. ET

Labatt Brew House
79 Perry Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

RSVP for Labatt Brew House: Jordan Nicholson: or 716.269.4062

Additional Details: Refreshments are available for individual purchase.

3:00–6:00 p.m. ET

National Comedy Center
203 West Second Street
Jamestown, NY 14701

RSVP for National Comedy Center: Ruth Nelson: or 716.708.9980

Additional Details: Discounted tickets for April 6 are available for purchase at using the promo code "GENNOW." Adults are $19.50 (normally $25.50). Youth tickets (ages 7-18) are $18.50 & children (ages 6-12) are $12.00. 

6:30–8:00 p.m. ET

Big Inlet Brewing
6169 Elm Flats Road
Mayville, NY 14757

RSVP for Big Inlet: Jordan Nicholson: or 716.269.4062

Additional Details: Refreshments are available for individual purchase.

Audience:  All ages are welcome. Please use your discretion with very young children touring the Comedy Center. 

Host committee: Ivah Hagner • Ruth Nelson   Jordan Nicholson • Tim Smeal

Cleveland, OH

Enjoy an evening reception at Republic Food and Drink at Playhouse Square and take part in the 43rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF). As part of Chautauqua Institution's second year sponsoring CIFF, a limited number of complimentary vouchers to attend CIFF screenings will be available at Republic to be picked up at your convenience from 4/5-4/7, or during the Saturday evening reception.  

7:30–9:30 p.m. ET

Republic Food and Drink
1425 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

RSVP: Rosemary Thompson: or 440.318.5366

Host committee: Rosemary and Ian Thompson • Sally and Michael Struk

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: There is no charge to attend the evening reception at Republic. Light appetizers will be provided and drinks are available for individual purchase. Vouchers have a $16 value and may be exchanged at CIFF venues to gain access to available screenings. Closing night and some special events excluded. Seats at individual screenings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For a schedule of CIFF events, click here.

Philadelphia, PA

Join Chautauquans at Yards Brewing Co. and enjoy a guided tour. Approximately 40-min. tours give thirsty guests a behind-the-scenes look at how Philly's beer is made. You'll enjoy learning about the brewing process and hear the Story of Yards with plenty of comedy, beer samples and giveaways. After, mingle in the taproom or outside as weather allows. 

2:00–4:00 p.m. ET

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

RSVP: Kathleen Murphy: or 248.891.9385

Host committee: Dan McKiernan • Kathleen Murphy

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+. Those under age 21 who are accompanied by a legal guardian are allowed in the taproom but may not participate in the brewery tour.

Additional Details: There is a $10 fee for the brewery tour, which includes drink samples and a souvenir. Additional refreshments are available for individual purchase. For your safety, no open-toed shoes are allowed on the tour. The tour is entirely handicapped accessible.

Nashville, TN

In Nashville, spend an evening in Germantown enjoying baseball at bar hopping! Nashville Sounds vs. Iowa play at 6:35 pm CT, with optional bar-hopping to follow.

6:30–10:30 p.m. CT

First Tennessee Park
19 Junior Gilliam Way
Nashville, TN 37219

RSVP: Tally Bevis and family: or 931.980.6355

Audience:All ages are welcome to attend the game. After-hours appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: Tickets are $27 (includes taxes and fees) payable in advance via Venmo to Tally Bevis (@tally-bevis). To ensure a seat with the CHQ group, please RSVP by March 20. Refreshments are available for individual purchase.

Austin, TX

Families and individuals are invited to gather at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for "Bees, Butterflies, Beetles & Blooms" followed by a casual picnic. Spring has sprung and the gardens are buzzing with color and activity! Come play and learn why pollinators are attracted to certain plants. Enjoy exploring from 1:00-2:30 pm CT, followed by a picnic at 2:30-4:00 pm CT. 

1:00–4:00 p.m. CT

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739


WEATHER UPDATE: If weather permits, we will still meet at the Wildflower Center. The event will continue rain or shine (it will be moved into the Great Hall if needed) and we will picnic under a covered pavilion. Please call 305.407.6355 if you need help finding the group.

RAIN PLAN: If weather is not acceptable to visit the Wildflower Center, we will meet at Westgate Lanes for bowling from 2-4.

Westgate Lanes
2701 W William Cannon
Austin, TX 78745

The Facebook event page will be updated at 11 a.m. if we are following the rain plan. Thanks for your understanding!

RSVP: Mackenzie Oakley: or 305.407.6355

Host committee: Kate Clark • Mimi Marziani • Mackenzie Oakley• Carrie Zachry Oliver, NOW Gen Advisory Council

Audience: All ages are welcome to attend this gathering.

Additional Details: Admission to the Wildflower Center costs: $12 adults / $10 seniors (65+) / $10 Non-UT Students with college ID / $6 youth (ages 5-17) / FREE for children 4 years & under / FREE for Wildflower Center Members. There is no cost for the picnic as refreshments are being provided by the host committee.


Adults are invited to enjoy inventive cocktails and the best views of the city at newly-renovated Live Oak Lounge in the Four Seasons. Join fellow Chautauquans to watch 1.5 million bats that emerge nightly from narrow crevices in the underside of the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge as the sun sets over Austin.

6:00–9:00 p.m. CT

Four Seasons Hotel Austin
98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

RSVP: Mackenzie Oakley: or 305.407.6355

Host committee: Kate Clark • Mimi Marziani • Mackenzie Oakley• Carrie Zachry Oliver, NOW Gen Advisory Council

Audience: Appropriate for ages 21+.

Additional Details: Drinks and refreshments available for purchase at the bar.

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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.