Week Eight :: August 15–22

Reframing the Constitution

Two-hundred and thirty years after its ratification, the U.S. Constitution remains one of the most difficult to amend of any in the world. During this week we ask if the Constitution is securing the “blessings of liberty” for all Americans and whether constitutional reform — from amendment to outright replacement — is necessary and even possible.

  • We look at constitutional politics to understand the “unamendability” of the U.S. Constitution, consider resistance to a constitutional convention from both the political left and right, and determine what we can learn from younger democracies around the world. 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Reframing Our Journey: A Week with Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM

Fr. Richard Rohr moved Chautauqua audiences in droves during our 2019 season. The Franciscan mystic, theologian and movement-maker challenged us both as a chaplain of the week and in conversation each subsequent afternoon as part of our Interfaith Lecture Series. This year, we welcome Fr. Richard back during our week on “Reframing the Constitution” to more intentionally help citizens think about how they are reframing their own journey.

  • Saturday, August 15, 2020 | 07:30pm

    Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

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    Special holiday presale Dec. 9–20.

    The Force returns to the Chautauqua Amphitheater! Experience the thrill of the Star Wars saga again with the groundbreaking blockbuster screened with John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score performed in its entirety by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, August 17, 2020 | 10:45am

    Jeffrey Rosen

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    Jeffrey Rosen is the president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the public about the U.S. Constitution.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, August 17, 2020 | 02:00pm

    Fr. Richard Rohr

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    Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher whose work is grounded in Christian mysticism, practices of contemplation and self-emptying, and compassion for the marginalized.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Monday, August 17, 2020 | 08:15pm

    School of Music: Music School Festival Orchestra

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    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 10:45am

    Martha S. Jones

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    Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University, and a legal and cultural historian.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 02:00pm

    Fr. Richard Rohr

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    Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher whose work is grounded in Christian mysticism, practices of contemplation and self-emptying, and compassion for the marginalized.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Into the Music: Elgar and Mozart”

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    Special holiday presale Dec. 9–20.

    Rossen Milanov, conductor; Pablo Ferrández, cello | Repertoire: Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | 10:45am

    Robert A. Levy

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    Robert A. Levy is chairman of the board of directors at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, D.C., which he joined as senior fellow in constitutional studies in 1997 after 25 years in business.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | 02:00pm

    Fr. Richard Rohr

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    Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher whose work is grounded in Christian mysticism, practices of contemplation and self-emptying, and compassion for the marginalized.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | 08:15pm

    Black Violin

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    Special holiday presale Dec. 9–20.

    Black Violin uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music, often described as “classical boom," to overcome stereotypes and encourage people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together and break down cultural barriers.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, August 21, 2020 | 10:45am

    Jon Meacham

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    Special holiday presale Dec. 9–20.

    One of America’s most prominent public intellectuals, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham brings historical context to the issues and events impacting our daily lives.



    Location: Amphitheater