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.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA)
Chautauqua Institution has named inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) as a cross-cutting imperative in its strategic plan, 150 Forward. As an imperative that impacts all initiatives underway and contemplated by the Institution, our commitment to IDEA is elevated in all that we do. In this program category of CHQ Assembly, we have assembled lectures from the past that address issues critical to this commitment. As we move through the 2020 Summer Assembly and beyond, we will continue to add programs to this collection that bring perspective and insight on IDEA issues to inspire positive action toward a more inclusive and just society.
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.
On the Work Toward Passage and Enactment of the Equal Rights Amendment
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 30, 2020.
Carol Jenkins is Co-President and CEO of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality, sister organizations dedicated to the passage and enactment of the Equal Rights Amendment. The Coalition is comprised of over 100 organiza...
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...
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...
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 2:00 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...
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...
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.
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.