The Future of History

The Future of History

7/16/22 - 7/23/22

We live our lives swimming in a vast sea of information; what will wash up on the future’s shores and be deemed our history? When data is stored in the cloud rather than compiled in physical files, when we send emails and tweets rather than letters, how do the records of today become primary sources tomorrow? There are more ways to record history than ever before, but how can those records live in a useful way for the historians of the future — or, with everyone having the technology, and thus the capability, to be their own historian, their own librarian, will a need to study history as a formal vocation even exist? Beyond the logistics of such questions, broader issues are at play: Who are the gatekeepers of our stories, and who do we trust to be stewards of our lives and memories?

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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The Future of History
  • Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ - Sunday

    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Sunday, July 17, 2022.

    Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest, is one of our most beloved Chaplains, and returns in 2022 by popular demand. He is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program ...

  • Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ - Monday

    Premiering at 9:15 a.m. ET Monday, July 18, 2022.

    Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest, is one of our most beloved Chaplains, and returns in 2022 by popular demand. He is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program i...

  • Eliot A. Cohen

    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Monday, July 18, 2022.

    Eliot A. Cohen is the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Robert E. Osgood Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he has taught since 1990. ...

  • Marilynne Robinson

    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Monday, July 18, 2022.

    Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for "her grace and intelligence in writing." She is the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National B...

  • Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York

    Premiering at 8:15 p.m. ET Monday, July 18, 2022.

    Ukrainian Chorus Dumka was formed in New York City in 1949 to preserve and cultivate the rich secular and religious musical heritage of Ukraine. The chorus has performed concerts at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Brooklyn...

  • Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ - Tuesday

    Premiering at 9:15 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

    Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest, is one of our most beloved Chaplains, and returns in 2022 by popular demand. He is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program ...

  • Annette Gordon-Reed

    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

    Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University, where her areas of interest include American legal history. She returns to the Chautauqua Lecture Series during a week on “The Future of History” with an explor...

  • llia Delio, OSF

    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

    Ilia Delio, OSF holds the Josephine C. Connelly Chair in Christian Theology at Villanova University. She is the author of over twenty books including Re-Enchanting the Earth: Why AI Needs Religion; Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, ...

  • Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ - Wednesday

    Premiering at 9:15 a.m. ET Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

    Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest, is one of our most beloved Chaplains, and returns in 2022 by popular demand. He is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry progra...

  • Andrew Lih

    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

    Andrew Lih is a technology journalist, digital strategist and the author of The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia. An expert in online collaboration, digital news innovation and linked ope...

  • Shaul Magid

    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

    Shaul Magid is professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, Senior Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and rabbi of the Fire Island Synagogue in Seaview, NY. An expert in Kabbalah, Hasidism, and contemporary ...

  • Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ - Thursday

    Premiering at 9:15 a.m. ET Thursday, July 21, 2022.

    Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest, is one of our most beloved Chaplains, and returns in 2022 by popular demand. He is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program...

  • Isabel Wilkerson

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

    Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the 2015 National Humanities Medal for “championing the stories of an unsung history,” is the author of The New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Di...

  • Belvie Rooks

    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Thursday, July 21, 2022.

    Belvie Rooks is an essayist, educator, and social justice activist whose pioneering work weaves social justice and healing with environmental restoration and community-building. She and her beloved husband Dedan, of blessed memory, co-founded G...

  • Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ - Friday

    Premiering at 9:15 a.m. ET Friday, July 22, 2022.

    Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest, is one of our most beloved Chaplains, and returns in 2022 by popular demand. He is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program i...

  • Alexandra Zapruder

    Premiering at 10:45 a.m. ET Friday, July 22, 2022.

    Alexandra Zapruder is an author, curator and founding staff member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum whose work exists at the intersection of history and the future. Most recently, Zapruder is creator of Dispatches from Quarantine, a project...

  • Amy Edelstein

    Premiering at 2:00 p.m. ET Friday, July 22, 2022.

    Amy Edelstein, author, educator, and nonprofit leader is a powerful communicator of ideas that can help us transform ourselves and the culture we live in. Her work illustrates the insight that comes from viewing all our experience in a vast conte...