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.
A preview of CHQ Makers, an all new CHQ Assembly original series.
CHQ Makers invites you on a journey with host Vanessa Weinert as she travels across Chautauqua County in search of stories of the passionate individuals whose talent and hard work supplies the community with amazing local products...
Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, August 17, 2021.
Longtime Chautauqua program contributor Norman Ornstein is an emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the vice president of the Matthew Harris Ornstein Memorial Foundation, named in memory of his son Matthew, who d...
Deborah Sunya Moore discusses Chautauqua Institution's rich history, including it being the former home of Thomas Edison and his wife, Mina Miller Edison, who was the daughter of one of Chautauqua's founders, Lewis Miller. Voted USA Today's "Best Small Town Cultural Scene," Chautauqua is a very s...
Short documentaries highlighting some of Chautauqua Institution's programs and initiatives.
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 a...
The Future of Policing: What's Empathy Got to Do with It?
Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
Jackie Acho founded The Acho Group, a strategy and leadership consulting firm, in 2005. She has worked for technology, industrial, academic, nonprofit, and economic development clients on a variety of issues, with particular focus ...
Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court Presented by Melissa Murray
Originally broadcast at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 22, 2021.
Melissa Murray is the Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, where she teaches constitutional law, family law, criminal law, and reproductive rights and justice. Her writing has appeared in a range of leg...
Welcome supporters and lovers of theater and plays! This is the sixth year of Chautauqua’s Young Playwrights Project and it remains the cornerstone of our Arts Education programs, as it truly helps us live out our mission to explore the best in human values with some of the most important humans ...
Exploring the Miller Edison Cottage Garden with Betsy Burgeson
Originally broadcast at 9 a.m. ET Monday, June 14, 2021.
Betsy Burgeson is Chautauqua Institution's Supervisor of Gardens and Landscapes. Her knowledge of all things that grow and her landscape design and management expertise are among the key reasons why Chautauqua's gardens are themselves an ...
An informal presentation on the art and science of classical dancing, a lecture/demonstration is a fun and accessible introduction to ballet. Specific exercises that develop jumping, turning, partnering, lifting, and dancing on pointe are demonstrated and explained. Throughout, excerpts from Danc...
Originally recorded at 10:45 a.m. ET Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
Sarah Lewis, an award-winning scholar, best-selling author, and professor at Harvard University, distills for the audience the “Vision & Justice” course she teaches at Harvard — a class that the school incorporated into its core curr...
Nicola Benedetti on Performance, Preparation and Practice
Originally broadcast at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, October 1, 2020.
Join Grammy Award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti as she shares insights into the internal and external experiences of life as a performer. From preparation to performance, Ms. Benedetti will take listeners behind the scenes, givin...
Watch as five of our celebrated guest faculty members — Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Ilya Kaler, Marlena Malas and Boris Slutsky — conduct master classes with students of the 2020 Online School of Music.
Stan Deaton, Senior historian and Dr. Elaine B. Andrews Distinguished Historian at the Georgia Historical Society, examines the lingering legacy of Confederate Statues in a lecture given at Chautauqua on August 14, 2019.
The House On Mango Street with Sandra Cisneros and Derek Bermel
Originally broadcast at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 27, 2020.
Join us for a special conversation with writer Sandra Cisneros and composer Derek Bermel as we show selected excerpts recorded during Chautauqua’s 2017 world premiere of Mango Suite, while discussing how this collaboration has continu...
Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, July 6, 2020.
Launched in 2012 by Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen and daughter Diana Cohen, ChamberFest Cleveland focuses on creating thematic programming for unique chamber music experiences in a variety of venues.
Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, July 15, 2019.
Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center...
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
Rae Wynn-Grant is a conservation scientist, large-carnivore ecologist, nature storyteller, and advocate with expertise in using emerging technology to identify how humans are changing the way carnivores use landscapes.
Interim Organist Joshua Stafford’s rendition of “Largo” from the Handel opera Xerxes, recorded on the venerable Massey Memorial Organ on Sunday, June 28, 2020. The little-known piece, beloved to Chautauquans, has concluded every Sunday evening Sacred Song Service at Chautauqua since the Massey’s ...
Previews of the weekly themes of Chautauqua's 2020 Exploration.
Art & Democracy
The Ethics of Tech
The Women's Vote Centennial and Beyond
Rebuilding Public Education
The Science of Us
Reframing the Constitution
The Future We Want, The World We Need