Week Seven :: August 8–15

The Science of Us

In the midst of robust debates about tribalism, isolation and bridging differences, this wide-ranging week explores how 21st-century science is disrupting our social and historical understandings of how “us” happens and who “we” are — as communities, demographies, families, nations and a human race.

  • We look at America’s long narrative of folklore and our “melting pot” narrative. • We explore our obsession with — along with the limitations and repercussions of — genealogical/ancestry services.
  • What are the emerging scientific understandings of heritage and ethnicity?
  • How is science is informing community development and our socioeconomic models going forward?

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Spirituality of Us

In the midst of concerns about tribalism, isolation, and seemingly incompatible cultural world views, the spirit of the world’s traditions — East, West, indigenous, and divined — continues to communicate essential wisdom and to weave tapestries of spiritual truth that reveal the “Us” of the world’s varieties of peoples. Be with us this week as we uncover emanations of the wondrous and mysterious wholeness that we in the U.S. are meant to be.

  • Friday, August 14, 2020 | 10:45am

    Flynn Coleman

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    Flynn Coleman is a writer, international human rights attorney, professor, and social innovator who has worked with the United Nations, the United States federal government, and international corporations and human rights organizations around the world.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, August 14, 2020 | 08:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: The Pill Play

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    Have the advances in reproductive health tricked us into thinking we are in control? This is the premiere production of a CTC commission by hit off-Broadway and Drama Desk-nominated director Tyne Rafaeli.

    Location: Bratton Theater


  • Friday, August 14, 2020 | 08:15pm

    One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen & The Works

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    This spectacular live concert recreates the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time.

    Location: Amphitheater