All is not quiet on the Western front. For poet Frank X Walker, there are voices that still need to be heard, and he wants to bring them to life.
At 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, Patrick Griffin, chair of the history department at Notre Dame University, will kick-start Week Five’s theme of “The American West” with a lecture titled “America as Frontier: A View Of Our Past.”
A group of roughly 25 parents, grandparents and friends of youth gathered Wednesday morning to engage in conversation with Institution leaders concerning children’s experiences in Chautauqua.
Last Saturday, the Athenaeum Hotel parlor flooded with morning light and filled with people as about 150 volunteers and campaign leaders gathered for the Chautauqua Fund’s Kick-Off Celebration.
There is a slim stack of books in Sherra Babcock’s office. It may seem inconsequential in a room full of several shelves brimming with volumes, but that small pile is the beginning of next year’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle reading list.
Back by popular demand, Fareed Zakaria will return to Chautauqua in 2014 to kick off Week Eight, themed “Chautauqua’s Global Public Square.”
The best-selling author of The Post-American World and the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” a weekly foreign affairs newscast on CNN, Zakaria will begin a week illuminating issues from all over the world, highlighting those often ignored by American politicians and the public.
Sherra Babcock, Chautauqua Institution vice president and the Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education, said she believes Chautauquans will be very excited about the chance to be educated on and engage in global issues.
Sherra Babcock, Chautauqua Institution vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education, provided an overview of the Institution’s education and youth programs and her vision for lifelong learning at Chautauqua in a Trustees Porch Discussion titled “Lifelong Learning —Chautauqua’s Educational Impact” on Wednesday at the Hultquist Center.
This last Saturday was Bryant Day, a tradition that marks the official start of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle reading season. The ceremony featured Sherra Babcock, vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education, announcing the first three selections of the year: Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende, What I Did by Christopher Wakling, and The Names of Things by John Colman Wood. The three novels fall within the season’s vertical theme, “Exploration and Discovery,” which honors Week Five’s morning lecture theme and the second interarts collaborative project on the American West.
Actress, playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith is just one woman. But this is easy to forget when Smith is onstage presenting her “deeply individual and deeply moving” documentary theater pieces, said Sherra Babcock, Institution vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education.
“The bell-ringing will go on for a while,” said Sherra Babcock, Chautauqua Institution vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education. “And it will be loud.”