Chautauqua Lecture Series

Chautauqua Lecture Series

3 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
  • Diplomacy Matters.

    Episode 1

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Friday, August 28, 2020.

    Samantha Power on being a leading voice internationally for principled American engagement in the world.

    Power is the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. A Pulitzer Prize-winning author twice selected as one of TIME’s “1...

  • How to Help Children Reach Their Full Potential

    Episode 2

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, August 27, 2020.

    Henrietta Fore details the championing of younger generations and positive leadership in our current world.

    "If we can just amplify their voices, they will change our world and they will change their own world."

    Fore, UNICEF...

  • Americans' Role in Addressing Global Problems at a Local Level

    Episode 3

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

    Rachel Bowen Pittman on bringing people together around a common vision to improve the future.

    "We need to add more pressure to the officials, those who we elected, to make these changes."

    Pittman is Executive Director of t...

  • This Is Not a Test: Collective Action in the Age of COVID

    Episode 4

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Monday, August 24, 2020.

    Elizabeth Cousens on the 75 years of highs and lows of international cooperation.

    Cousens is the UN Foundation’s third president and chief executive officer, who is leading the Foundation’s next generation of work to support the...

  • Voting, the Constitution and the 2020 Election

    Episode 5

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, August 20, 2020.

    Emily Bazelon on mass incarceration and how to change the prosecution system.

    Bazelon is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She is the bes...

  • The Founding Fathers’ Vision

    Episode 6

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

    Cato Institute Chairman Robert A. Levy traces the erosion of the Constitution’s original intent.

    Levy is chairman of the board of directors at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, D.C., which he joined as ...

  • The Rare Few Times the Constitution Has Been Amended

    Episode 7

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

    In Martha Jones’ second time at Chautauqua this season, she discusses the Nineteenth Amendment.

    Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history at The Johns Hopkins University, and a legal and...

  • The Human Algorithm

    Episode 8

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Friday, August 14, 2020.

    Writer Flynn Coleman examines the impact intelligent technology will have on humanity and how we can thrive as we move into our brave new world.

    Coleman, is a writer, international human rights attorney, professor, and social inno...

  • COVID-19: Inside the Science and the Response

    Episode 9

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

    *Please note that four minor edits were made to recording following original broadcast.

    Sheri Fink analyzes the ongoing response to COVID-19 from her on-the-ground perspective.

    Fink is the author of the New York Times bestselli...

  • The Return of Race Science

    Episode 10

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, August 13, 2020.

    Angela Saini discusses her book “Superior: The Return of Race Science.”

    Saini is an award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster. Her latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, tells the disturbing story of t...

  • The Conspiracy Theorists Are Winning

    Episode 11

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

    Adrienne LaFrance details the impact of misinformation and conspiracy theories.

    LaFrance is the executive editor of The Atlantic. She wrote the magazine’s June cover story about the conspiracy theory known as QAnon, and has rep...

  • The State of Education in America

    Episode 12

    Originally broadcast at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, August 7, 2020.

    Moriah Balingit brings her experience and knowledge of national education issues to Chautauqua.

    Balingit covers national education issues for The Washington Post. Before coming to The Post, she covered crime, city hall and crime in cit...

  • The History of Education and Where It's Going

    Episode 13

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, August 6, 2020.

    Historian Diane Ravitch explores the history of education and where it is heading.

    Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University. A historian of education, she founded and is president of Network for Public...

  • Integrity of Cybersecurity and Digital Ethics

    Episode 14

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 23, 2020.

    Deborah Johnson on the challenges of new technology and how citizens can ethically navigate the digital world.

    Johnson recently retired as the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics in the University of Virginia’s ...

  • Panel Discussion: AI and Humanity

    Episode 15

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

    David Danks, Jennifer Keating, Illah Nourbakhsh analyze ethics in tech in a panel discussion.

    Danks is L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology, and head of the Department of Philosophy, at Carnegie Mellon University. ...

  • Who Are the American People?

    Episode 16

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 16, 2020.

    Paula Kerger details PBS’ mission after 50 years and in the current social climate.

    “Our focus is on citizens and not on consumers.”

    Kerger is president and chief executive officer of PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial med...

  • Telling the Story of Systemic Racism

    Episode 17

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

    Tricia Rose on structural racism and the gears that spin the current system.

    “There’s no easy, single villain.”

    Rose is the Chancellor's Professor of Africana Studies, associate dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives and D...

  • The Other Side of Drawdown

    Episode 18

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

    To reach a point of an atmospheric drawdown, Katharine Wilkinson says, we need to reduce sources, support carbon sinks and improve society.

    Wilkinson, an author, strategist and teacher, serves as the vice president of communicati...

  • Government, Economics and the Climate

    Episode 19

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Monday, June 29, 2020.

    Christine Todd Whitman opens the week highlighting the role of government in combating climate change, what climate action looks like in economic terms and how Americans across the political spectrum can come together around collectiv...