Week Two :: June 29–July 5

Uncommon Ground: Communities Working Toward Solutions

In an age of divisive posturing at the national level, are communities uniquely positioned to come together on the toughest issues, to find a way forward for the common good? We recognize the role of communities in effecting real change, and present a solutions-focused week of power and promise.

  • Each day, we highlight case studies of communities at work, finding sustainable solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
  • What conditions must exist for community stakeholders to engage one another, and who needs to be at the table? What’s possible when there isn’t a shared sense of community? Do differences need to be bridged in order for solutions to be found and sustained?

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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, July 01, 2019 | 10:45am

    John R. Kasich

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    Two-term former Ohio Governor John R. Kasich is a newly named CNN political commentator who believes in the power of individuals to affect change at the local level, and that we need to reach beyond politics and the issues that divide us to achieve solutions through unity and resilience.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 | 10:45am

    Jeffrey Brown

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    As a co-founder of the faith-based group Boston Ten Point Coalition, the Rev. Jeffrey Brown was one of the key architects behind the “Boston Miracle,” during which the city experienced a 79% decline in violent crime among youth from 1990 to 1999. 

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, July 03, 2019 | 10:45am

    Anna Clark, Jiquanda Johnson and Lev Hunter

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    Anna Clark is a journalist in Detroit. She’s the author of The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus, the New York Public Library, Audible, Amazon, and others.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, July 04, 2019 | 10:45am

    Risa Goluboff

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    Risa Goluboff is the 12th, and the first female, dean of the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a nationally renowned legal historian whose scholarship and teaching focuses on American constitutional and civil rights law...

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, July 05, 2019 | 10:45am

    Eric Klinenberg

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    Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and the author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life. 

    Location: Amphitheater