Chautauqua Institution is pleased to announce three major speakers for the 2014 Chautauqua Season.
On Friday, July 11, in the Amphitheater, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will provide an insider’s look at the inherent tension for government in providing national security while respecting individual freedom during Week Three’s examination of “The Ethics of Privacy.” Gonzales, who served as attorney general under President George W. Bush from 2005 through 2007, will be interviewed by two-time CLSC author and Duquesne Law School dean Ken Gormley.
On Friday, July 4, the Department of Religion welcomes renowned TV and radio host Tavis Smiley to the Hall of Philosophy as part of the week’s conversation, titled “With Economic Justice for All.” Smiley closes the Week Two Interfaith Lecture Series, which re-examines the moral obligation to feed a hungry planet by working toward economic justice for all, both globally and locally. This fall, the Tavis Smiley Foundation announced the launch of Ending Poverty: America’s Silent Spaces, a $3 million, four-year national initiative to examine barriers and identify solutions to alleviate poverty in the United States.
For the last Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle author presentation of the season, Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink presents Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital on Thursday, Aug. 21, as part of the week’s program on health care. Five Days, which describes the horrific conditions at a New Orleans hospital shortly after Hurricane Katrina, was widely praised as one of the best books of 2013 (Time magazine, New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune). Click here to listen to a Sept. 10, 2013, NPR interview with Fink. Chautauqua Launches $98.2 Million Campaign
Chautauqua’s Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board of Directors have announced The Promise Campaign, a six-year fundraising initiative that has garnered nearly $58 million in gifts and pledges toward an ultimate goal of $98.2 million raised by the end of 2016. The primary goal inside The Promise Campaign is the Amphitheater Rehabilitation Project, for which $15 million has been committed, with the full scope of the project—including endowment for its long-term maintenance—currently projected to be $33.5 million.
Other objectives include the endowment of pivotal program positions, environmental initiatives on the grounds, program enhancements, scholarships, the renovation of Bellinger Hall, unspecified endowment to grow the Institution’s assets over time, as well as gifts to the Chautauqua Fund, which have an immediate impact on innovations to the annual experience at Chautauqua.
Click here to learn more about The Promise in the winter Chautauquan. Winter Chautauquan
The winter Chautauquan is now available online and will begin arriving in the mail this week. Highlights include an introduction to this year’s inter-arts collaboration, Go West!, featuring an interview with director Andrew Borba. Click here to read more.
CSO Music Director Search
As it enters its 85th anniversary year as the musical heartbeat of Chautauqua Institution, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra prepares to celebrate its rich history this summer and take significant steps in shaping its future.
This off-season, the Institution launched the more formal stage of securing the CSO’s next music director with the formation of a Music Director Search Committee and the announcement of eight candidates being considered for the position—all of whom will serve as guest conductors this summer.
Click here to learn more about the search process and this summer’s guest conductors. Click here to learn more about the 2014 CSO schedule. Special Studies Preview
A preview of 2014 Special Studies courses is now available online as a PDF download.
Registration for Special Studies courses will begin April 1 through the Ticketing Office at 716-357-6250 and online at https://chqtickets.com. Complete course descriptions, faculty biographies, registration forms and procedures will be included in the 2014 catalog, available in print and online April 1.
Highlights of the 2014 season include master classes with National Geographic speakers from the Amphitheater Lecture Series during Week Two and a new program for high school and college students to further explore the topics of the week’s lectures. Community Raises $3,600,669 for Annual Fund
Jack and Yvonne McCredie, co-chairs of the Chautauqua Fund, recently announced the results of the 2013 Chautauqua Fund and expressed gratitude to the many community supporters who generously provided $3,600,669—a new record! The total represents well over 99 percent of the $3,610,000 goal, affirming the importance of each and every gift, regardless of amount.
Interested in becoming more involved and serving in a volunteer role? Email the Foundation if you'd like to learn more about the opportunities.
Join Tom Becker and Sherra Babcock at Colonial Williamsburg, February 21–22 Turning Worlds Upside Down: Liberty and Democracy in Revolutionary Times
Chautauqua Institution’s partnership with Colonial Williamsburg on “Emerging Citizenship: The Egyptian Experience,” which includes a week of Amphitheater lectures July 12–19, begins this month with a public event in Williamsburg. Click here for more information.
Kimes on Reinhardt
Don Kimes, artistic director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, reflects on the impact of abstract painter Ad Reinhardt in the latest issue of Brooklyn Rail magazine. Read Kimes’ “Reinhardt Melted the Ice” online.
Click here to learn more about VACI’s 2014 exhibition schedule, including the 57th Chautauqua Annual and a special “Into the West” exhibition to complement Week Five’s theme of “The American West.”
55+ Residential Week
55+ Residential Week is a high-demand accommodation special for older adults that is available Weeks Eight and Nine during the Chautauqua Season. The special includes accommodations at Bellinger Hall or Lincoln Dormitories, breakfast and dinner daily and a one-week gate pass for $825 per person, per week. Click here to download a brochure.
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