Week One :: June 22–28

Moments That Changed the World

How did we get to now? The answers may surprise you. In this week, Chautauqua asks five historians to each choose a little-known moment when the ground shifted beneath humanity’s feet, and examine how those moments impacted the world of today.

• We look at unsung heroes — and villains — as well as unsung moments that altered the course of history.
• History often offers surprises, revealing how and why certain stories are obscured, erased or lesser-known.
• How can those surprises be instructive? How can our newfound knowledge of these moments be useful in our time?

10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.


  • Monday, June 24, 2019 | 10:45am

    Annie Griffiths

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    One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career, and has experienced first-hand how photographs can bear witness to history and serve as catalysts for change.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | 10:45am

    Nikole Hannah-Jones

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    MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created — and maintains — racial segregation in housing and schools.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 10:45am

    Dan Egan, CLSC Author, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

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    For thousands of years the pristine Great Lakes were separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the roaring Niagara Falls and from the Mississippi River basin by a “sub-continental divide.” Beginning in the late 1800s, these barriers were circumvented to attract freighters from the Atlantic and to allow Chicago’s sewage to float out to the Mississippi.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 10:45am

    Hugh Hewitt

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    Hugh Hewitt is the acclaimed host of “The Hugh Hewitt Show” on the Salem Radio Network, heard nationally every weekday morning; an NBC News and MSNBC political analyst; a professor of law at Chapman University Fowler School of Law; and a contributing columnist for The Washington Post.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, June 28, 2019 | 10:45am

    William J. Burns

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    William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state. 

    Location: Amphitheater