CHQ Assembly is the digital expression of Chautauqua Institution — a nonprofit organization that exists to explore the best in human values and the enrichment of life. This exploration takes place in an interdisciplinary and intergenerational way that is characterized by a unique commitment to upholding the dignity and contributions of all people. We invite you to join us in exploring critical issues of the day through a range of experiences — lectures, artistic experiences, master and enrichment courses, and conversations — that combine to call you to your best self for a better world.
Reading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.
Each summer, the CLSC chooses at least nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.
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.
Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 2, 2020.
In The End of Ice, we follow Dahr Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find ghostly coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island, where he me...
CLSC: 'The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present'
Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 20, 2020.
In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, David Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes' distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The de...
Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Monday, August 10, 2020.
For its ninth Chautauqua Prize celebration, Chautauqua Institution is thrilled to host and recognize the author of the 2020 winning novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, Petina Gappah on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 3:30 PM EST on the...