Exploring Democracy

Exploring Democracy

During election month 2022, explore this collection of past programs in which visitors to Chautauqua have examined American Democracy.

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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Exploring Democracy
  • Trevor Potter

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. ET Monday, July 25, 2022.

    Founder and president of the Campaign Legal Center and former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, Trevor Potter is one of the country’s best-known and most experienced campaign and election lawyers. He returns to the Chautauqu...

  • Congressman Jamie Raskin

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. ET Monday, August 15, 2022.

    Congressman Jamie Raskin will begin the afternoon Interfaith Lecture presentations of this week’s 10 lecture focus on New Profiles in Courage, a conversation that he had begun in his recently released book, Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, an...

  • Jon Meacham

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. ET Thursday, July 21, 2022.

    Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals, with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion and current affairs. Meacham returns to Chautauqua Insti...

  • How the Constitution Will Endure

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Friday, August 21, 2020.

    Prominent public historian Jon Meacham shares his reflections on our founding document’s lasting power.

    Meacham is a presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. A contributing editor at Time, Meacham is the author of ...

  • Jelani Cobb

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. ET Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

    Jelani Cobb is a staff writer at The New Yorker, writing on race, history, justice, politics and democracy, as well as Columbia University’s Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism. During a historic election in the midst of a global ...

  • Maria Ressa

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. ET Friday, August 19, 2022.

    This program is made possible by the Richard W. and Jeannette D. Kahlenberg Lectureship Fund

    A journalist in Asia for more than 35 years, Maria Ressa co-founded Rappler, the top digital-only news site that is leading the fight for p...

  • Jonah Goldberg

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. ET Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

    One of America’s top political commentators, Jonah Goldberg is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Dispatch and the former senior editor of National Review. As a speaker, Goldberg helps audiences appreciate the essential nat...

  • Drafted Into the Meme Wars

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 9, 2020.

    Joan Donovan shares her research on internet and media influence and the effects of widespread misinformation.

    Donovan is the director and lead researcher of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Cent...

  • Does the Deep State Exist?

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

    David Rohde presents his latest book about the existence of a “Deep State” in government agencies.

    Rohde’s book, In Deep: The FBI, The CIA, and the Truth about America's “Deep State,” is a non-partisan investigation addressing cons...

  • Reva Siegel: Robert H. Jackson Lecture

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Monday, July 11, 2022.

    Reva Siegel will give the 18th Annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the United States. Siegel is the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where her scholarship draws on legal history to explo...

  • 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...

  • Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court presented by Ruth Marcus

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Monday, July 6, 2020.

    Author Ruth Marcus speaks on the Supreme Court and the conservative takeover.

    Marcus continues the annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture.

    Marcus oversees The Washington Post’s signed opinion content and is a highly acclaimed reporter wh...

  • Wajahat Ali

    Originally broadcast at 2:00 p.m. ET Friday, July 29, 2022.

    Wajahat Ali is an author, a Daily Beast columnist, former New York Times contributing op-ed writer, highly sought-after political commentator, TED speaker, and award-winning playwright – and across these many roles, one thing remains co...

  • Diana Aviv

    Originally broadcast at 2:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

    Diana Aviv is CEO of the Partnership for American Democracy. She previously served as CEO of Feeding America, the largest anti-hunger organization in the United States, from 2015-2018. For twelve years, Diana was President & CEO of Ind...

  • Anthea Butler

    Originally broadcast at 2:00 p.m. ET Thursday, July 28, 2022.

    Anthea Butler is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social thought and Chair of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. A historian of African American and American religion, Professor Butler’s research and writ...

  • Sherman J. Clark

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. ET Monday, July 25, 2022.

    Professor Sherman J. Clark graduated from the Harvard Law School and practiced with the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis before joining the faculty of the Michigan Law School. He teaches courses on torts, evidence, and legal ethics. Clark’...

  • Adam Jortner

    Premiering at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

    To view this live program with Closed Captions, please visit https://chq.org/chq-assembly-captioned-events/ and enter password: CHQcaptions

    Adam Jortner is the Goodwin-Philpott Professor of Religion at Auburn University, where he studies religio...

  • Michael Li

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. ET Thursday, July 28, 2022.

    Michael Li serves as senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where his work focuses on redistricting, voting rights and elections. He joins the Chautauqua Lecture Series in a week on “The Vote and Democracy” with a...

  • Linda Chavez

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

    This program is made possible by the David and Wendy Barensfeld Lectureship Fund.

    Linda Chavez is chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a widely published opinion columnist, and an advisory board member for Republicans for Vo...

  • The Conflict Trap

    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

    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

    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.

    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...

  • Eboo Patel

    Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Monday, July 19, 2021.

    Dr. Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a non-profit organization working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm in America. He is a respected leader on national issues of religious diversity, ...