Week Five :: July 20–26

The Life of the Spoken Word

As consumers, creators and critics, we are experiencing a renaissance of the spoken word. We join together the history and modernity of compelling oratory to explore broader themes of social and intergenerational connectedness and the ways that our speech, our stories, bring us together.

  • The week begins with “This American Life” host and storyteller extraordinaire Ira Glass, in a Saturday evening Amphitheater special.
  • From political rhetoric and civil discourse, to the arts of theater and poetry, to podcasts and stories told around the campfire, what is the power of the spoken word?
  • Throughout the week, as we look to the future of the spoken word, we present ways to use technology to preserve our past, our history, our stories.

 

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.

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Nutcracker in July”

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    Into the Music No. 3 | Rossen Milanov, conductor | JP Bonnefoux, director, School of Dance | Featuring students from the Chautauqua School of DanceRepertoire: Igor Stravinsky: Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy's Kiss)...

     



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 10:45am

    Julie A. Washington

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    Julie A. Washington is the chair and a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 12:30pm

    CLSC Young Readers and Book Launch: "Speak a Powerful Magic"

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    Teaching artists Charles Malone (Wick Poetry Center) and Sony Ton-Aime (Chautauqua Literary Arts graduate fellow) will share selections from the Speak A Powerful Magic poetry anthology, as well as writing prompts that inspired some of the poems in the book.



    Location: Alumni Hall Ballroom

     

  • 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

     

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 07:00pm

    CHQ Literary Arts Lecture: "The Role of the Poet," Shara McCallum

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    Chautauqua Literary Arts Lecture:"The Role of the Poet," Shara McCallum poet-in-residence.



    Location: Hultquist 101

     

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 07:30pm

    Jabali African Acrobats

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    Acrobatics, tumbling, a flaming limbo far, skip rope footwork and African drumming and dancing are just some of the electrifying feats that await you with Jabali African Acrobats. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 10:45am

    J. Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier

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    J. Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier is the E Ola! Learning Designer and Facilitator at Kamehameha Schools Maui, where she provides campus support to provide a world class Hawaiian culture-based education to haumāna (students). 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • 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

     

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 03:30pm

    Ilya Kaminsky, CLSC Author, Deaf Republic

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    Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear―they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. 



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 04:30pm

    Il Barbiere di Siviglia Operalogue

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    Get all the colorful details about Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) from General & Artistic Director, Steven Osgood, and hear excerpts from the opera performed by Chautauqua Opera Young Artists.



    Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

     

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 07:30pm

    Chautauqua Opera Company: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

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    In Rossini’s lively comic opera, a young Count Almaviva (in disguise) is wooing the spirited and savvy Rosina, Dr. Bartolo’s young ward. Dr. Bartolo plans to marry Rosina himself, but Seville’s favorite trickster, Figaro, is on the scene to foil his schemes and help the young lovers unite, with hilarity and hijinks aplenty.



    Location: Norton Hall

     

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 08:15pm

    Our Native Daughters (featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla and Amythyst Kiah)

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    Back at Chautauqua by popular demand, Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, was awarded a 2017 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and won the 2016 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, July 26, 2019 | 10:30am

    Opera Invasion #5: So You Think You're Louder Than an Opera Singer

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    The Chautauqua Boys’ and Girls’ Club will compete to see who can out-sing the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists.



    Location: Chautauqua Boys' and Girls' Club

     

  • Friday, July 26, 2019 | 10:45am

    Joshua Bennett

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    Joshua Bennett is a poet and the Mellon Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. His first work of narrative nonfiction, Spoken Word: A Cultural History, is forthcoming from Knopf.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, July 26, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Philip Gulley

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    Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor, writer and speaker from Danville, Indiana.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Friday, July 26, 2019 | 02:30pm

    ¡Figaro! (90210) Operalogue

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    Get all the colorful details about ¡Figaro! (90210) from General & Artistic Director, Steven Osgood, and hear excerpts from the opera performed by Chautauqua Opera Young Artists.



    Location: Lenna Hall

     

  • Friday, July 26, 2019 | 03:30pm

    William James and the Art of Popular Statement

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    Paul Stob, Vanderbilt University



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Friday, July 26, 2019 | 04:00pm

    Chautauqua Opera Company: ¡Figaro! (90210)

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    Vid Guerrerio’s contemporary multicultural adaptation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro sets the action in modern-day Beverly Hills. Hollywood elite Paul and Roxanne Conti (Count Almaviva and Rosina) are now married with a daughter, and Figaro and his soon-to-be-bride Susana are undocumented workers on their estate. 



    Location: Norton Hall

     

  • Friday, July 26, 2019 | 08:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: One Man, Two Guvnors

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    How hard can it be to have two jobs? This hilarious adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s Comedia masterpiece The Servant of Two Masters plants us in Brighton in 1963.



    Location: Bratton Theater

     

  • Friday, July 26, 2019 | 08:15pm

    Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

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    Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. Béla Fleck is a sixteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player...



    Location: Amphitheater