The weather reporters called it a July polar vortex, but by any name the weather was unseasonably cold and drove us inside from a capacious porch. Comfortably settled, we reviewed the remarkable career of long-term Chautauquan Allen Steere, who played the violin with Itzhak Perlman and is credited with identifying Lyme disease.
It’s 8 a.m. on a monsoon Monday morning at the Amphitheater, rain sheeting down as puddles circle the venue’s concrete rim. Most of the 12 morning ushers are already here, seeing and doing what needs to be done without being asked.
Paul Sotero will deliver the 10:45 a.m. lecture today in the Amphitheater, wrapping up the Week Six examination of Brazil. Sotero will offer a nuanced, clear-eyed, but largely positive view of the South American behemoth whose political, social and economic development has always been complex and unpredictable.
Chautauqua County is one of the poorest in New York state. Since the demise of a once-healthy manufacturing and industrial base decades ago, the county has increasingly relied on tourism for revenue, with the Institution as one of its most important draws.
As seasonal activity on the grounds accelerated past the midpoint of the season, a few of the Institution’s part-time employees shared their stories.
Rich Koerner may be the most important man that many Chautauquans don’t know.
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.
What does the frontier mean for America? We have been told for generations that understanding it is fundamental for coming to terms with white American identity. It helped foster certain sensibilities that can explain individualism, relations to the state, and understandings of other groups.
Upon entering the Amphitheater, a friendly usher approaches, prepared to scan gate passes and greeting passersby as they enter the gates. Everyone, from vice presidents to first-time visitors, hesitates for a moment. Guests may feel a sigh of relief as they enter the Institution’s entertainment hub.
As Week Four’s examination of the Egyptian experience continues at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, the director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies will moderate a discussion with spokesmen for two divergent contemporary Egyptian political perspectives.