Chautauqua Lecture Series

Chautauqua Lecture Series

2 Seasons

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.

About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.

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Chautauqua Lecture Series
  • Can China and the United States Save the Planet?

    Episode 1

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Monday, June 28, 2021.

    Somini Sengupta, currently the international climate correspondent for The New York Times, tells the stories of communities and landscapes most vulnerable to the effects of climate change — reporting from the front lines of the climate...

  • Long Term Consequences of China's One-Child Policy

    Episode 2

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

    Mei Fong is an author and journalist, whose work covering Hong Kong and China earned her a shared Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. Her stories on China’s migrant workers also won a 2006 Human Rights Press Award from Amnesty...

  • Michael Pillsbury

    Episode 3

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

    Having served as a key adviser to President Trump on U.S. strategy toward China, Michael Pillsbury is senior fellow and director for Chinese strategy at Hudson Institute. A distinguished defense policy adviser and former high-rankin...

  • The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: Challenges to China's Future as a Superpower

    Episode 4

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday, July 1, 2021.

    Dexter Tiff Roberts is an award-winning writer and speaker on China now serving as a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council Asia Security Initiative, a fellow at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, and an adjunct instructor in polit...

  • Science Fiction and the Idea of the Future

    Episode 5

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Monday, July 5, 2021.

    Ted Chiang is an American science fiction writer whose work has won four Nebula awards, four Hugo awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and four Locus awards. His short story “Story of Your Life” was the basis of the 2...

  • Under a White Sky

    Episode 6

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert has traveled all over the world to get to the heart of the debate over global warming, and the communities most affected by it. Two of her books — The Sixth Extinct...

  • Genome Editing

    Episode 7

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

    R. Alta Charo is the Warren P. Knowles Professor Emerita of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she taught in biotechnology law and ethics at the law school, medical school and biotechnology studies pro...

  • Ariel Ekblaw

    Episode 8

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday, July 8, 2021.

    Ariel Ekblaw is the founder and director of the MIT Space Exploration Initiative, a team of over 50 graduate students, staff and faculty actively prototyping the artifacts of our sci-fi space future. With today’s democratization of sp...

  • Recommitting to Trust

    Episode 9

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Monday, July 12, 2021.

    Richard Edelman is the chief executive officer of the global communications firm Edelman, founded in 1952 by his father, which was named to Advertising Age’s 2019 A-List and honored as “PR Agency of the Decade” by both Advertising Age ...

  • The Time is Now

    Episode 10

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

    As Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Virginia, Meredith D. Clark’s research focuses on the intersection of race, media, and power, exploring the relationships between Black communities and the news on social me...

  • Trust, Freedom, and Cancel Culture

    Episode 11

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

    Christine Rosen is senior writer at Commentary magazine and chair of the Colloquy on Knowledge, Technology & Culture at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. She is also a senior editor of The ...

  • Social Media & Democracy

    Episode 12

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday, July 15, 2021.

    Over the last decade, Deb Roy – executive director of the MIT Media Lab, the director of the MIT Laboratory for Social Machines and the newly appointed director of the interdisciplinary Center for Constructive Communication – has bee...

  • The Conflict Trap

    Episode 13

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Monday, July 19, 2021.

    Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist and a New York Times bestselling author. Her most recent book is High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, published by Simon & Schuster in April 2021 — the learnings from which ...

  • Divided We Fall: Understanding and Healing a Broken Land

    Episode 14

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

    David French is a senior editor at The Dispatch and a columnist for Time. A New York Times best-selling author, his most recent book is Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation, which begins with a sta...

  • Listening to Disrupt

    Episode 15

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

    Katherine Cramer is the Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science and a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a visiting professor with the Center for Constructive Communicat...

  • Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

    Episode 16

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday, July 22, 2021.

    One of the nation’s most prominent scholars, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is an author, political commentator, public intellectual and educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience, an examination he will bring to the...

  • How Black Performers' Authentic Comedic Voice Transformed TV Through History

    Episode 17

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

    Eric Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic, crafting stories and commentaries for the network’s shows, such as “Morning Edition,” “Here & Now” and “All Things Considered,” along with writing material for NPR.org. For a week on “T...

  • Taking Comedy Seriously for Social Good

    Episode 18

    Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

    Caty Borum Chattoo is co-founder and co-director, in partnership with cultural strategy group Moore + Associates, of the Yes, And Laughter Lab, a creative incubator of comedy for social justice, establishing robust partnerships acro...

  • Bob Mankoff

    Episode 19

    Premiering at 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday, July 29, 2021.

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    For over 40 years, Bob Mankoff has been the driving force of comedy and wit at some of the most honore...

  • Cheryl Strayed

    Episode 20

    Premiering at 10:30 a.m. ET Monday, August 2, 2021.

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    Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the host of the New York...

  • Mama's Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions

    Episode 21

    Premiering at 10:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

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    Frans B. M. de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior...

  • The Future of Policing: What's Empathy Got to Do with It?

    Episode 22

    Premiering at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

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    Jackie Acho founded The Acho Group, a strategy and leadership consulting firm, in 2005. She has work...

  • Courtney Cogburn

    Episode 23

    Premiering at 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday, August 5, 2021.

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    Courtney Cogburn is co-director of the Columbia School of Social Work’s Justice, Equity, Technology (...

  • Nancy Marshall-Genzer

    Episode 24

    Premiering at 10:30 a.m. ET Monday August 9, 2021.

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    Nancy Marshall-Genzer is senior reporter for American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” a nonprofit news org...