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Bishop John Shelby Spong -- His last public lecture
Originally broadcast on June 28, 2018.
Probably America’s best-known spokesperson for an open, scholarly, and inclusive Christianity, Bishop John Shelby Spong has achieved an almost legendary reputation. A deeply committed Christian, he insists that he must also speak as an informed citizen of 2...
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Friday, June 6, 2018.
Amy Chua dissects tribalism and identity politics within the American political spectrum. The John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School further discusses demagogic politicians, political tribes and threatened demographics.
The Tehran Children -- Primer Content: Sara J. Bloomfield
Originally recorded at 10:45 a.m. EDT Monday, August 13, 2018, Sara J. Bloomfield's talk at the Chautauqua Amphitheater is released from our archives as we prepare to premiere "The Tehran Children: Iran's Unexpected & Suppressed Connection to the Holocaust" - a program curated for CHQ Assembly in...
The Tehran Children -- Primer Content -- Elie Wiesel
Originally recorded at 10:45 a.m. EDT Monday, July 27, 2009, the late Elie Wiesel's talk at the Chautauqua Amphitheater is released from our archives as we prepare to premiere "The Tehran Children: Iran's Unexpected & Suppressed Connection to the Holocaust" - a program curated for CHQ Assembly in...
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...
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.
Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 19, 2018.
A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel, A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov.
Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
The Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton details the path forward to reach equality, and recalls his own experience as a Black man in America. Sutton, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, speaks to the status of racial equality in the U.S., d...
Originally broadcast at 2:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday, August 3, 2016.
The Rev. William J. Barber II passionately discusses his view of the Third Reconstruction period in American history — we're living it. He highlights the first two reconstruction periods, and draws the parallels to the current civi...
William J. Burns recounts world-historic diplomatic events that helped shape where we are today. He discusses the Cold War being a “plastic moment,” the eventual fall of the Soviet Union and current relations with Russia.
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 5, 2018.
David Brooks speaks about politics, tribal mentality and community. Describing himself as “bookish,” he tells stories about his infatuation with writing, consciousness and the “tribal mentality” of politics.
Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, August 12, 2019.
Bill Moyers explains why soft power has no limits for nations around the world. Moyers, a broadcast journalist for more than four decades, details how hard power — force — has limits while soft power, the ability to persuade, is the opp...
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 24, 2019.
2019 CLSC author Dan Egan discusses with Chautauqua’s Emily Morris the historical and ongoing mismanagement of America's Great Lakes. Egan, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter, provides a look into his book The Death and Life of ...
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Monday, July 16, 2018.
On the day the presidents of the United States and Russia held a historic summit in Helsinki, Sen. Chris Coons breaks down the state of relations between the west and Russia, discuss Donald Trump’s presidency, current relations with R...
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Monday, July 15, 2019.
Laura Carstensen examines the effects of a rapid increase in human life expectancy. The founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity dissects trends that have created an aging population. In her lecture, she lays out the “new...
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.
Charlottesville’s Response to White Supremacist Violence
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 4, 2019.
Risa Goluoff details the initial reaction to the fallout of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017. The first female dean of the University of Virgina School of Law, she recalls the Charlottesville rally, neo-Nazi movem...
James Geary is the deputy curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, and the author of Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It, in which he explores every facet of wittiness, and how it is more than simply being funny.
The #MeToo Movement’s Role in Shifting Power and Privilege
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Friday, August 16, 2019.
Tarana J. Burke speaks with Chautauqua’s Emily Morris about the role the famous hashtag has played in society. Burke, founder of the Me Too Movement, discusses the impact of #MeToo, her work with Just Be Inc. in Selma and the inspir...
Creating “We”: African American and Latinx Identity
Originally recorded on August 22, 2019.
Smithsonian curator Ariana A. Curtis highlights the importance of non-white narratives in museums, speaking from her experience as a museum curator and as an Afro-Latina and African American from Western Massachusetts.
Individual Action and Collective Climate Change Reversal
Originally recorded on August 15, 2019.
Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist and co-founder of anti-carbon campaign group 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, sp...