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Bell Tower Scholars bring history of English-Speaking Union to Chautauqua

Bell Tower Scholars bring history of English-Speaking Union to Chautauqua

Will Glover has made the journey to the Chautauqua Institution since 1998, but this year’s trip was punctuated with a number of special events. Adorned in white, he graduated from the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, and on July 30, he presented Chautauqua’s Archives with a copy of Gerard Noel’s The Journey of the English-Speaking Union, a book chronicling the 90-year history of the organization responsible for his introduction to Chautauqua.

An economist, writer and teacher, Glover was the recipient of the Bell Tower Scholarship in 1998, an award presented to a teacher from the ESU for professional development. The award includes tuition and boarding for up to four weeks at Chautauqua and a stipend for travel expenses. Chautauquan Carol Duhme funds the annual scholarship.

Roots of Chautauqua: radical to see and to understand

Roots of Chautauqua: radical to see and to understand

It takes one to know one; that is truism. To see, one must understand; to understand, one must see: that is truth. Or is it French? Or is it radical?

“Too often, ‘radical’ has been taken to be someone who is left-wing or using extreme means to accomplish reform,” said Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua archivist and historian. “But it really means someone going to the root of the matter to solve a problem.”

Schmitz will present “Four Radicals at Chautauqua: Fr. Edward McGlynn on the Single Tax, Arabella B. Buckley on Modernism in Religion, John Dewey on Education, Arnold Schoenberg and Serialism.”

Part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series, the presentation is at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.

Patriotism!: More than a flag, more than a pin on a lapel

Patriotism!: More than a flag, more than a pin on a lapel

On April 6, 1917, the United States Congress responded to President Woodrow Wilson’s request and officially declared the country in a state of war. Many people had expected it. Two and a half years earlier, Europe erupted in battle, but the U.S. kept itself neutral. German maritime transgressions, a sense of U.S. responsibility to freedom and democracy, and finally a sense of the country’s vulnerability, led Wilson to make his request. Chautauqua Institution followed.

The 1917 Season would be Chautauqua’s 44th Assembly. As the June 29 edition of The Chautauquan Daily said, it would be a “War-time Chautauqua.”

Ida Tarbell, a former Chautauquan Daily writer and editor, and later muckracker and activist against corporate monopoly, spoke two times that summer, once about “Doing Our Bit” and a second about “Fear of Efficiency.” The Daily reported that the “Famous writer believes that people of the country are doing well in preparation for the coming struggle.”

The road to Americanization: Interpreting the US to the ‘other’

The road to Americanization: Interpreting the US to the ‘other’

Though isolationist in principle through and to the end of World War I, the United States was not immune to the war’s influence. There was an economic influence, as the nations at war, once regular trading partners, invested more and more of their money in munitions.

By 1916, the Allies were running short of money and depended on the U.S. for loans, a point that did not escape the attention of British economist John Maynard Keynes. According to David Fromkin, Keynes, “speaking for the British Treasury, warned the Cabinet that by the end of the year, ‘the American executive and the American public will be in a position to dictate to this country.’ ”

How does the youngest in the family react when the older siblings are fighting? Throwing his or her own fit in an effort to further disrupt the chaos? Or, maybe, taking a deep breath, searching her own identity, discovering his own good beliefs, the youngster becomes herself, a self-reliant, self-reflective individual, independent but receptive to his place in the family.

Chautauqua Institution and its platform for 1916 showed some such actualization, acting as a superego of these United States. “Americanization Week” began on Monday, July 17, and consisted of four lectures by Dr. E.A. Steiner, one by Mr. W.W. Husband and one by the Rev. James J. Coale. The week ended with a “Question Box,” in which Chautauquans submitted questions for all three speakers on the topic of the week.