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Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Joan Chittister, Valarie Kaur, Mirabai Starr, Elaine Weiss, Carol Jenkins, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul Headline Week Five of the 2020 CHQ Assembly

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Chautauqua Institution is proud to announce the program lineup for Week Five of its 2020 season. The week, which begins July 25 and concludes Aug. 5, features presentations released on the new digital collective called CHQ Assembly. Week Five includes renowned guests such as former U.S. senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland; author and activist from nearby Erie, Pennsylvania, Sr. Joan Chittister; celebrated filmmaker Valarie Kaur; award-winning journalist Elaine Weiss; co-President and CEO of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality Carol Jenkins; and New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Chautauqua Institution’s nine-week season features weekday lectures focusing on weekly cultural themes. Week Five commemorates “The Women’s Vote Centennial and Beyond,” as Chautauqua joins the nation in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Lecturers will consider those who were left out of the mainstream suffrage movement, examine the slow progress toward gender equality in the United States, and bring forward relevant lessons from the fight for women’s suffrage and apply them to ongoing battles for equality. The 2 p.m. EDT Interfaith Lecture Series is themed “The Feminine Spirit,” exploring how the feminine charisms are juxtaposed with the masculine charisms in this emerging era.

The Rev. Janet Broderick will serve as guest chaplain for the week. She will participate in services at 10:45 a.m. EDT Sunday and at 9:15 a.m. EDT weekday. Broderick serves as rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills. Her ministry spans over three decades, serving as curate, vicar and numerous times as rector in both rural and urban settings, large and small, progressive and traditional.

Further details on all programs, including where to access them within the suite of CHQ Assembly platforms, are available at



Chautauqua Lecture Series: Elaine Weiss traces the fight for women’s suffrage, 100 years later. Weiss is an award-winning journalist who authored The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, an account of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Interfaith Lecture Series: Sr. Joan Chittister examines critical questions impacting the global community. Chittister, a Benedictine sister of Erie, is an international lecturer and award-winning author of 60 books. She has won 16 Catholic Press Association awards as well as numerous awards for her work for justice, peace and equality, especially for women, in church and in society.



Chautauqua Lecture Series: Kimberly Churches discusses lingering barriers for women, and what roles policymakers, employers, education and individuals can play in closing gender gaps once and for all. Churches is CEO of the American Association of University Women, and a leading voice in advancing equity for women and girls through research, advocacy and education.

Interfaith Lecture Series: Mirabai Starr explores contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialogue. An award-winning author of creative nonfiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature, Starr is a certified bereavement counselor who helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss.



Chautauqua Lecture Series: Errin Haines speaks to the week’s theme based on her work at intersection of race, politics and culture. Haines is editor-at-large for The 19th, who previously worked as a national writer on race for the Associated Press. An award-winning journalist with nearly two decades of reporting experience, Haines has also worked at The Los Angeles Times, the Orlando Sentinel and The Washington Post.

Interfaith Lecture Series: Sarah Hurwitz speaks on finding spiritual meaning and her past as a White House speechwriter. Hurwitz was a White House speechwriter from 2009 to 2017, beginning as a senior speech writer for President Barack Obama and then as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama.



Chautauqua Lecture Series: Carol Jenkins will examine the progress of the “extremely essential” Equal Rights Amendment. Jenkins is co-president and CEO of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality, sister organizations dedicated to the passage and enactment of the ERA. In January of 2020 the state of Virginia ratified the ERA, becoming the 38th and final state required; in February the House of Representatives dissolved the time limit. Action in the Senate is needed next.

Interfaith Lecture SeriesValarie Kaur has been an activist against and a documenter of hate crimes since 2001. Kaur a seasoned civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, faith leader and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. When a family friend was the first person killed in a hate crime after Sept. 11, 2001, she began to document hate crimes against Sikh and Muslim Americans, which resulted in the award-winning film Divided We Fall.



Chautauqua Lecture Series: Sen. Barbara Mikulski reviews lessons learned since the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Mikulski, former U.S. senator from Maryland, is the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress and a lifelong public servant and champion of women’s rights. She retired from the Senate on Jan. 3, 2017.

Interfaith Fridays: Chautauqua continues its Interfaith Fridays series, this week featuring Michael Martin, speaking from the Haudenosaunee tradition. Martin is executive director of the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc.



Aside from daily lectures, Week Five features a variety of artistic offerings across the CHQ Assembly platforms.

4 p.m. EDT Monday, July 27 • Chautauqua Chamber Music: Chautauqua partners with The Tempest Trio. Pianist Alon Goldstein, violinist Ilya Kaler, and cellist Amit Peled join forces to form one of the most exciting trios on the international scene. 

5 p.m. EDT Monday, July 27 • Cocktails, Concerts and ConversationsChautauqua Opera Company’s Steven Osgood and guest host Wendy Bryn Harmer provide a musical performance followed by conversation. Featured Young Artists include Samina Aslam and Shafali Jalota.

5 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 28 • Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations: Former American ballerina Susan Jaffe, who was described by the New York Times as “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina,” joins Chautauqua Dance Artistic Advisor Sasha Janes for an evening of conversation about her career. 

8:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 28 • Into the Music with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: two Two of CSO’s newer members, cellist Lars Kirvan and violinist Liana Kirvan, welcome viewers into their home for a cooking lesson and musical performance.

4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 29 • Afternoon Recital: Chautauqua Piano Program presents An Afternoon Piano Recital with pianist Alexander Kobrin.

5 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 29 • Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations: Chautauqua Theater Company’s Andrew Borba welcomes CTC alum Jonathan Majors, star of Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods.”

10 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 29 • Weekly Virtual Gallery Tour: Judy Barie, the Susan and John Turben Director of Chautauqua Visual Arts Galleries, takes viewers on a tour of 2020 exhibitions, which can be experienced online at CHQ Visual Arts:

5 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 30 • Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations: The “Recitals with Rossen” series features Serbian-French cellist Maja Bogdanovic and Dutch-English violinist Daniel Rowland. Together, the duo has performed throughout Europe and all over the world since 2018.

8:15 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 30 • Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Rebroadcast: The 2019 performance of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” a collaboration with the Music School Festival Orchestra, will be rebroadcast on the CHQ Assembly platform. 

5 p.m. EDT Friday, July 31 • Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations: Three-time Grammy Award-winner Angélique Kidjo provides a musical performance and live conversation for the Chautauqua community. Kidjo has been described by Time magazine as “Africa’s premier diva,” and the BBC included her in its list of the continent’s 50 most iconic figures. 



Chautauqua’s renowned School of Music, all online in 2020, presents a number of opportunities for audience members to see and hear its talented students as they train under some of our era’s most sought-after artist-teachers. Presentations take place on the Virtual Porch, at

2 p.m. EDT Monday, July 27: Voice master class with Craig Rutenberg

2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 28: Piano master class with Natalya Antonova

4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 29: Piano recital by Alexander Kobrin

7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 29: Voice Program student recital

3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 30: Violin master class with Ilya Kaler

7 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 30: Instrumental Program student recital

2 p.m. EDT Friday, July 31: Voice master class with Margo Garrett

4 p.m. EDT Friday, July 31: Piano Program student recital



3:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 28: New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul serves as this week’s Chautauqua Women’s Club Contemporary Issues Forum lecturer. Since 2015, Hochul has served as the highest-ranking female elected official in New York. As lieutenant governor, she championed the “Enough is Enough” law to prevent sexual assault on college campuses, spearheaded the state's Paid Family Leave program, and is continuing to work to eliminate the gender wage gap, expand access to affordable child care, and combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and beyond.

3:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 29: Martha S. Jones continues the African American Heritage House Lecture Series with a lecture titled, “Vanguard: 200 Years of Black Women at the Front of Voting Rights.” Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University, and is a legal and cultural historian. 

3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 30: Memorist Susan Straight presents her book In the Country of Women, which features a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women, for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.

3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, July  31Emálee Krulish, an assistant archivist at Chautauqua, will examine the roles of the Institution and Chautauqua County’s common country women in bringing the suffrage movement to Chautauqua as part of the Chautauqua Institution Archives’ Heritage Lecture Series.



Chautauqua’s Mystic Heart Meditation Program offers community members daily meditation sessions at 8 a.m. EDT and 1 p.m. EDT throughout the week.

Chautauqua community members will have further opportunities for entertainment and engagement through the Virtual Porch,, including events such as Brown Bag lectures and webinars with Institution leadership.



A complimentary gate pass is required to access the grounds during our 2020 season, whether for a day visit or an extended stay. Guests must order passes via phone (716-357-6250) or through our online ticketing portal. Visit The Main Gate Welcome Center is not open to the public. All residents and guests must follow New York state regulations regarding social distancing and wearing cloth facecoverings.