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 Four :: July 18–25

The Ethics of Tech: Scientific, Corporate and Personal Responsibility

Big Tech companies have begun to acknowledge their tremendous and sometimes harmful impact on society — particularly with regard to marginalized communities and civil liberties, and usually only following public calls for ethics reform and oversight.

  • Is it enough for these giants to self-police, or is an industry-wide code of ethics or government regulation necessary to protect a future dominated by artificial intelligence, datafication and facial recognition?
  • Does such oversight stifle innovation? How is the rest of the world responding?
  • And, while it’s easy to see ourselves as victims, how do we take personal responsibility as consumers and users? 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Ethics in a Technologically Transforming World?

Technology seems to be overtaking the world, from our obsession with electronic devices to the emerging artificial intelligence that helps us do everything from keep grocery lists to make war between nations. Outside of the practical applications, however, is there a question of right or wrong? What happens when technological capacity reaches a level that calls into question our very role as human beings in a society? In this week, we explore the ethical, spiritual and religious dimensions of “new tech.” Is it a step away from our own spiritual growth or can it be harnessed to create greater understanding?

  • Sunday, July 19, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Rabbi David Wolpe

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    Named Most Influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek and one of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the World by The Jerusalem Post, Rabbi David Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Sunday, July 19, 2020 | 03:30pm EDT

    Free Sunday Reading with Janice Eidus

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    Janice Eidus, twice winner of the O.Henry Prize as well as a Pushcart Prize, is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, and freelance editor/writing coach. Among her novels are The War Of The RosensUrban Bliss; and, The Last Jewish Virgin; her short story collections include Vito Loves Geraldine and The Celibacy Club.



    Location: Virtual Porch

     

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 08:00am EDT

    Mystic Heart Meditation: Wayman Kubicka, Japanese Zen Meditation #3

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    Wayman Kubicka began Zen practice in 1966 while attending graduate school in religion at Temple University, and living and working at Pendle Hill, the Quaker Center for Study and Contemplation in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.



    Location: Virtual Porch

     

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 08:55am EDT

    Chautauqua prays for Peace through Compassion

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    Please join all of Chautauqua in silent prayer/reflection for five minutes from wherever you are.



    Location: Your favorite place to pray

     

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 09:15am EDT

    Rabbi David Wolpe

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    Named Most Influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek and one of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the World by The Jerusalem Post, Rabbi David Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Rana el Kaliouby

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    A computer scientist, technologist, entrepreneur and business leader, Rana el Kaliouby is on a mission to humanize technology with artificial intelligence that understands not just our commands but our facial expressions, body language and emotional states.



    Location: CHQ Assembly

     

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 12:15pm EDT

    Chautauqua Theater Company: NPW 2 Brown Bag

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    Tomorrow Will Be Sunday (working title): An epic yet personal look at the global economy with playwright Heather Raffo



    Location: Virtual Porch

     

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 01:00pm EDT

    Mystic Heart Meditation: Subagh Khalsa

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    Subagh Singh Khalsa met his spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, in 1971. Yogi Bhajan had arrived in the West a few years earlier and declared that he had not come to gather disciples but to create teachers.



    Location: Virtual Porch