2021 Season :: June 26–August 29


While the days ahead are rife with uncertainty, Chautauqua will convene in 2021 to wrestle with the critical issues of our time, considering ways in which we as individuals, families and communities have been tested and have responded, and how we move forward.

Our theme weeks for the 2021 Season will evolve in response to the world around us; as our lives change, so too will we adapt our work in order to present the explorations that are most needed at whatever moment in time we find ourselves during the summer of 2021.

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Planned 2021 Weekly Amphitheater Schedule
(Subject to change)
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
10:45 a.m. EDT Morning Worship 9 a.m. EDT Morning Worship 9 a.m. EDT Morning Worship 9 a.m. EDT Morning Worship 9 a.m. EDT Morning Worship 9 a.m. EDT Morning Worship
  10:30 a.m. EDT Chautauqua Lecture Series 10:30 a.m. EDT Chautauqua Lecture Series 10:30 a.m. EDT Chautauqua Lecture Series 10:30 a.m. EDT Chautauqua Lecture Series Masterclass (not in Amp)  
 Afternoon Program TBD  1 p.m. EDT Interfaith Lecture Series 1 p.m. EDT Interfaith Lecture Series 1 p.m. EDT Interfaith Lecture Series Rehearsal or Entertainment Load-In Rehearsal or Entertainment Load-In Afternoon Program TBD 
  Rehearsal Rehearsal Rehearsal      
Sacred Song Service Evening Chautauqua Entertainment Evening Chautauqua Entertainment Evening Chautauqua or Popular Entertainment Evening Chautauqua or Popular Entertainment Evening Chautauqua or Popular Entertainment Evening Chautauqua or Popular Entertainment  

Confirmed 2021 Programs

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  • Wednesday, July 07, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    R. Alta Charo

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    R. Alta Charo is the Warren P. Knowles Professor Emerita of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she taught in biotechnology law and ethics at the law school, medical school and biotechnology studies program.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 07, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Gary Laderman

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    Gary Laderman, the Goodrich C. White Professor of American Religious History and Cultures at Emory University, has been described as “an exceptional speaker: lively, informed, and made for Chautauqua!



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 07, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    Alicia Olatuja: “Intuition — Songs from the Minds of Women”

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    Praised by The New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone,” Olatuja combines the earthy with the sublime, bringing a grounded relatability to genres as sophisticated as classical, as venerated as jazz, and as gritty as R&B.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, July 08, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    The Rev. Zina Jacque

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    Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, July 08, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Ariel Ekblaw

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    Ariel Ekblaw is the founder and director of the MIT Space Exploration Initiative, a team of over 50 graduate students, staff and faculty actively prototyping the artifacts of our sci-fi space future.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, July 08, 2021 | 07:30pm EDT

    The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular

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    This stunning troupe features one dazzling circus feat after another in a high-energy, family-friendly flurry of fun! The show is performed by a cast of world record-holders, grand champions and variety entertainers who have been seen in over 70 countries and made numerous guest appearances on television.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, July 09, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    The Rev. Zina Jacque

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    Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, July 09, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    The Hot Sardines

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    Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, July 11, 2021 | 10:45am EDT

    Rabbi Jonah Pesner

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    Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner serves as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, which he has led since 2015. Rabbi Pesner also serves as Senior Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism, a position to which he was appointed to in 2011.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, July 11, 2021 | 02:30pm EDT

    Chautauqua Piano Competition Winners' Recital

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    Bringing top young pianists from the Americas, Asia, and Europe to Chautauqua each summer, the Piano Program culminates in the Chautauqua Piano Competition, a highlight each season in the programming of the School of Music.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 12, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Richard Edelman

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    Richard Edelman is the chief executive officer of the global communications firm Edelman, founded in 1952 by his father, which was named to Advertising Age’s 2019 A-List and honored as “PR Agency of the Decade” by both Advertising Age and The Holmes Report. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 12, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    Music School Festival Orchestra

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    Comprised of top-tier students from conservatories and universities in the U.S. and abroad, Music School Festival Orchestra members participate in a variety of musical activities during their summers at CHQ including chamber music and private lessons along with their meticulous orchestral training. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Meredith D. Clark

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    As Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Virginia, Meredith D. Clark’s research focuses on the intersection of race, media, and power, exploring the relationships between Black communities and the news on social media.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Heather McGhee

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    Heather designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America, and her most recent book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together will appropriately inform her lecture.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    An Evening Piano Recital with Jon Nakamatsu

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    Jon Nakamatsu, Chautauqua favorite and 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, presents an evening recital that will include masterworks by Mozart and Chopin. Each summer at Chautauqua, Nakamatsu leads professional-level masterclasses and private lessons for top piano students from around the world. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Robert M. Franklin, Jr.

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    Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr. is President-Emeritus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, having served there from 2007 to 2012. Currently a Senior Advisor to the President of Emory University, he is the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership there as well.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Deb Roy

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    Over the last decade, Deb Roy – executive director of the MIT Media Lab, the director of the MIT Laboratory for Social Machines and the newly appointed director of the interdisciplinary Center for Constructive Communication – has been showing organizations how to analyze, map and shift the direction...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 03:30pm EDT

    Naomi Oreskes, CLSC Author, Why Trust Science?

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    During a time when trust in science is waning, when climate scientists are struggling to convince a large part of the population to accept the reality of the climate crisis, when anti-vaccine attitude is gaining more traction every day, Professor Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science...



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra with the Music School Festival Orchestra

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    Location: Amphitheater