Week Two :: July 4–11

Forces Unseen: What Shapes Our Daily Lives

We like to think we have ultimate freedom of choice. Yet every product or experience we can possibly consider has been carefully selected for us by a mostly invisible class of societal gatekeepers and tastemakers. Our choices are not only limited, but also affected by everything from explicit advertisements and an industry of “influencers” to secretive campaigns and algorithms.

  • Who are these shapers of modern life? How do they decide what trends to push?
  • Who are they accountable to, and how can we as individuals recognize and contend with them?

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Forces that Shape Our Daily Lives: The Contemporary Search for Spirituality

The recent studies are countless: organized mainstream religion is on the decline, and we have an emerging class of “nones,” referring to those who assign themselves to no faith tradition at all. But other assessments tell us that while many don’t identify with a mainstream religion, many more are indeed on a journey seeking spirituality and meaning. In this week we look at the evolution of modern faith traditions and ask: How might the “nones” unite with the mainstream to shape a better future?

  • Sunday, July 05, 2020 | 07:00pm

    Chautauqua Opera Company :: Thumbprint

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    Thumbprint is a chamber opera inspired by the experiences of Mukhtar Mai, a contemporary real-life warrior for women’s rights and education in Pakistan. Sankaram’s dynamic score blends Hindustani and European opera influences to tell this astonishing story of courage in the face of oppression.



    Location: Norton Hall

     

  • Wednesday, July 08, 2020 | 08:15pm

    The Washington Ballet

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    The Washington Ballet’s first-ever Chautauqua Institution residency will include two evening Amphitheater performances, classes for the public, master classes for the School of Dance, open rehearsals, pre-concert lectures and other engagement opportunities with the Chautauqua community.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 | 10:45am

    Derek Thompson

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    In his debut book, Thompson shows how blockbuster success isn’t a matter of chance, but a fascinating intersection of power, network, science, art, and sheer brilliance — making some ideas disappear, and others explode.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 | 04:00pm

    Chautauqua Opera Company :: Tosca

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    Puccini’s glorious score brings to life one woman’s struggle for love, art, and freedom in a male-dominated world at the turn of the 19th century. Religion, politics and passion collide in this stirring work.



    Location: Norton Hall

     

  • Saturday, July 11, 2020 | 08:15pm

    The Washington Ballet with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

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    The Washington Ballet’s first-ever Chautauqua Institution residency will include two evening Amphitheater performances, classes for the public, master classes for the School of Dance, open rehearsals, pre-concert lectures and other engagement opportunities with the Chautauqua community.



    Location: Amphitheater