Native Americans have a far greater geographical reach than the American West, W. Richard West said in the Amphitheater on Wednesday. But they have served as an “undeniably potent originating element” in the canvas of the West, making their history, art and culture a dynamic and complicated subject for museums to represent.
Just as white settlers displaced, divided and exploited many native groups in their expansion across the West, they conceptually and practically split up the West’s natural resources, said water and energy policy analyst Cynthia J. Truelove on Tuesday in the Amphitheater.
Standing under a projection of John Gast’s 1872 painting, “American Progress,” University of Notre Dame historian Patrick Griffin sought to answer one “simple question” for the Amphitheater audience on Monday: what the West meant and means to America.
In early 2011, the world watched in awe as Egyptian revolutionaries ousted President Hosni Mubarak from office after nearly 30 years in power. Removing an authoritarian leader was a momentous accomplishment, said Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers’ Middle East bureau chief, but the difficult part came afterward.
Egypt has known struggle in the last few years. Since the Egyptian Revolution was born on Jan. 25, 2011, the country with the largest Arab population has had four presidents, seen unprecedented violence, and continues to experience corruption, repression and poverty. Twenty-five percent of the population lives under the poverty line, and 40 percent is illiterate.
During Dalia Mogahed’s last lecture at Chautauqua, a military coup was seizing power in her country of birth.
“Before there was an Arab Spring,” Brown University historian Gordon S. Wood told the Amphitheater audience on Tuesday, “there was an Atlantic Spring.”
Colonial Williamsburg, the “living history” museum that comprises the historic district of Williamsburg, Virginia, has a simple goal.
Ten days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Sandra Day O’Connor, at the time a Supreme Court Justice, spoke at Duquesne University School of Law. Constitutional law scholar Ken Gormley recalled part of O’Connor’s speech that he “couldn’t shake out of [his] mind.”
Two months ago, the Princeton sociologist Janet Vertesi tested the limits of digital privacy: she attempted to conceal her pregnancy from the Internet. She told her family and friends not to post about it on social media, used the untraceable Internet browser Tor and set up a new email account on a separate server.