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A final Column from the President

“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.” — Henry David Thoreau I have been thinking a lot about our friend Thoreau since
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Week Nine Column from the President

Welcome to Week Nine of our 145th Assembly. I cannot believe that we’ve reached the end of our summer season so soon! And while we are always sad when our time together comes to a
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Week Eight Column from the President

Welcome to Week Eight of our 145th Assembly. Every year, as president, I have the luxury of picking certain themes because I think they are “mission critical,” and this week is the one that fits
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Week Seven Column from the President

Welcome to Week Seven of our 145th Assembly, and what an incredible week it’s going to be. If you are joining us for the first time, you are among a record-setting crowd that will be
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Week Six Column from the President

Welcome to Week Six of our 145th Assembly. It’s hard to believe that this week marks the two-thirds point in our season. We have experienced so much in the first five weeks, and I’m excited about
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Week Five Column from the President

Welcome to Week Five of our 145th Assembly. What an exhilarating week we’re leaving. Normally in this column, I start right off with “what’s to come,” but I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge
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Week Four Column from the President

Welcome to the fourth week of our 145th Assembly, where we move from “The Art of Play” to one of the most pressing topics facing our nation and our world today. Much has been written
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Week Three Column from the President

Welcome to the third week of our 145th Assembly. The first two were ideas-packed feasts, exploring both “The Life of the Written Word” and the thought-provoking concept of “American Identity.” If you’ve been with us
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July Fifth Column From the President

During this week when we are discussing diverse and potentially polarizing issues associated with American identity, some members of our community are wrestling with the issue of identity in America in a very personal way
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Week Two Column from the President

COLUMN BY MICHAEL E. HILL Welcome to the second week of our 145th Assembly. It has been such a joy to spend our opening week with so many Chautauquans and to welcome all those who
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A final column from the President

Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or a lifetime, is certain for those who are friends. —Richard Bach, author It’s hard to
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Week Nine Column from the President

Welcome to our final week of this 144th Assembly. Whether you’re joining us for the first time or have been with us all nine weeks, we are grateful for your presence and participation in the
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Week Eight Column from the President

Welcome to Week Eight of this 144th Assembly. A colleague of mine reminded me this past week that while, for some, this is nearing the end of our season together, for many Week Eight is
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Week Seven Column from the President

Welcome to Week Seven of this 144th Assembly. Only at Chautauqua could one be taken on a journey that moves from the Supreme Court to supreme laughter to exploration of the impact of fear in
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Week Six Column from the President

Welcome to Week Six of this 144th Assembly. Our mission is to explore the best in human values, and this week that pursuit brings us a week on comedy and laughter. We so often think
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Week Five Column from the President

Welcome to Week Five of this 144th Assembly. Whether you’re continuing your Chautauqua journey this week or visiting us anew, know we are glad you are here to join in our exploration of the United
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