Thank you for your patience as we rebuild our calendar listing accurately reflect the offerings of our 2020 online assembly. Our program directors are currently working with 2020 lecturers, chaplains and artists to confirm their participation via remote video feed. All events listed below are confirmed. Please check back regularly, as we post frequent updates regarding confirmed programs and the online forum in which they will take place.

Week Two :: July 4–11

Forces Unseen: What Shapes Our Daily Lives

We like to think we have ultimate freedom of choice. Yet every product or experience we can possibly consider has been carefully selected for us by a mostly invisible class of societal gatekeepers and tastemakers. Our choices are not only limited, but also affected by everything from explicit advertisements and an industry of “influencers” to secretive campaigns and algorithms.

  • Who are these shapers of modern life? How do they decide what trends to push?
  • Who are they accountable to, and how can we as individuals recognize and contend with them?
10:45 a.m. Lectures

Chautauqua Lecture Series (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.

Events

  • Monday, July 06, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Cedric Alexander

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    "Reformation of Policing and Systemic Racism" | A visionary leader who has served over four decades in law enforcement and public service, Cedric Alexander is the former Chief of Police in DeKalb County, Ga., former president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives...



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Wednesday, July 08, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Franklin Leonard

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    "How the Black List Revives Dead Scripts" | Franklin Leonard is founder and CEO of the Black List, a well-known force in Hollywood for finding the best unproduced screenplays by writers of color and getting those films made.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Wednesday, July 08, 2020 | 03:30pm EDT

    Rescheduled: David Rohde

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    "Does the Deep State Exist?" | Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former war correspondent David Rohde returns to Chautauqua to discuss his latest book, In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America’s “Deep State”.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Thursday, July 09, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Joan Donovan

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    "On Media Manipulation and Online Extremism" | Joan Donovan is director and lead researcher of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Derek Thompson

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    "How COVID-19 is Reshaping Our World" | In his debut book, Thompson shows how blockbuster success isn’t a matter of chance, but a fascinating intersection of power, network, science, art, and sheer brilliance — making some ideas disappear, and others explode.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform