Morning Lecture Series—Crime and Punishment Week Six’s morning lectures will focus on the state of the U.S. criminal justice system — what works, what doesn’t, how effective it is and how it compares to others around the world. Monday will feature a special lecture on portrayal of the law in opera, as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg combines her two passions. Former Virginia Law dean John C. Jeffries will provide a philosophical and historical introduction to criminology and criminal justice on Tuesday. Nina Morrison, senior staff attorney at the Innocence Project, will speak Wednesday on her organization’s work to exonerate the innocent and reform a system responsible for many unjust imprisonments. Wes Moore (pictured above at his 2012 CLSC lecture) will review race and the U.S. criminal justice system, based on experiences of his youth and research for his book, The Other Wes Moore, on Thursday. Moore’s book Discovering Wes Moore is also the week’s CLSC Young Readers selection. Retired federal judge Nancy Gertner, now professor of practice at Harvard Law School, closes the week on Friday with remarks on sentencing law. Click here to read more about the morning lecture platform.
Interfaith Lecture Series—Restorative Justice The afternoon Interfaith Lecture Series will examine restorative justice, which emphasizes repairing the harm of criminal behavior to the community and the victim through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders, including the perpetrator. Carolyn Boyes-Watson, founding director of the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University, will open the week. Other speakers include Jacques Verduin, director of the Insight Out Prison Project, a non-profit that pioneers innovative in-prison rehabilitation programs in San Quentin, on Tuesday afternoon; Kay Pranis, a longtime leader in the Restorative Justice Movement, on Wednesday; and the return of Father Greg Boyle (pictured), executive director and founder of Homeboy Industries, on Thursday. Click here to read more about the week’s Interfaith Lectures.
CLSC Week Six features two Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle author presentations that further explore the week’s themes. David Wroblewski will present his bestselling novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle on Thursday afternoon, and Irwin Weil, professor emeritus at Northwestern University, will give a special Friday presentation on Dostoevsky’s classic Crime and Punishment.
The Arts Make sure to arrive early on Saturday, July 27, to get a good seat for the biggest arts event of the 2013 Season, “The Romeo and Juliet Project,” an interarts collaboration that brings Chautauqua’s theater, opera, dance, symphony and voice programs together on the Amp stage for a unique retelling of the world’s most inspiring love story. The arts are also on full display through the rest of Week Six, with Chautauqua Opera’s production of Falstaff in Norton Hall on Monday; the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday and Thursday; North Carolina Dance Theatre on Wednesday; and Chautauqua Opera’s Young Artists joining with the CSO for the annual opera pops concert on Saturday, Aug. 3. Week Six offers one final chance to see Chautauqua Theater Company’s production of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park on Sunday plus three opportunities to see CTC’s New Play Workshop on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
I LOVE CHQ Facebook Contest This month we asked Chautauquans on our Facebook page to tag their favorite place on the grounds and tell us why. We received close to 100 responses, with stories of childhood memories at Club, weddings at the Hall of Philosophy, sitting on front porches with friends, and, of course, ice cream on Bestor Plaza. Chautauquan Tim Steitz recalls how a trip down to the stream by Club served as a reminder to friends that a recently lost loved one was still with them. To read more stories, visit Chautauqua’s Facebook page.
Presidents' Day Weekend Winter Festival Celebrate the snow at the Presidents’ Day Weekend Winter Festival beginning Friday in Mayville. Events include the opening ceremonies and the Snow Ball Dance Friday evening, the Polar Bear Swim benefitting the Mayville Food Pantry at noon Saturday, fireworks on Saturday night, and a children’s snowman/animal building contest Sunday afternoon.
We were considering a home purchase in the Chautauqua Lake area and had a handful of homes that we wished to see. Richard had previously set up a search protocol for us. He arranged to meet with us on a Saturday (we are out of state) to review our search criteria and time line as well as visit the homes on our list. We were able to narrow our focus and will seriously pursue the search later this year with his assistance.Karen Weikart