Week Five :: July 20–26

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Chautauqua: Rising from the Ashes of the Burned-Over District

We refer often to Chautauqua’s beginnings in 1874 and its history going forward, but little-known is the history that preceded Chautauqua’s founding. The Chautauqua Assembly reflected many movements that had had their genesis in what was called the “Burned-Over District” resulting from the “on fire” religious environment and culture of the early 19th century in Western New York. The Assembly synthesized the religious passion of the age with its own unique contributions to American culture, as did other religious and civic expressions of the region arising out of that epoch. In this week we will revisit that incendiary era, and then meet some other religious and civic entities that have also stood the test of time.

2 p.m. Lectures

Interfaith Lectures

2 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Hall of Philosophy

The Interfaith Lecture Series is designed to present issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, religious, spiritual, ethical, and humanitarian perspectives.


  • Monday, July 22, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Spencer W. McBride

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    Spencer W. McBride is an historian and documentary editor at The Joseph Smith Papers and the author of Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Patrick Mason

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    Patrick Mason is the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, where he also serves as Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. 

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Rev. Elaine D. Thomas, M.S.

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    Rev. Elaine D. Thomas, M.S. has worked in the metaphysical field for 49 years as a medium, healer, spiritual counselor, and teacher, primarily at the Lily Dale Assembly in Western New York, founded in 1879, the world's original and largest Center for the Religion of Spiritualism.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Adam Jortner

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    Adam Jortner, Goodwin-Philpott Professor of History at Auburn University, is a specialist in the early American republic, with particular emphasis on religion and politics. 

    Location: Hall of Philosophy