BRIA GRANVILLE | Staff Photographer Chautauqua Institution President Thomas M. Becker is greeted with extended applause and a standing ovation
Column by Thomas M. Becker Welcome to another beginning, the opening of the 142nd season in the rich history of
Welcome to the beginning of Week Seven at Chautauqua.
We spend time every season talking about the creation of art. Writers discuss their craft and the role of the muse; the compelling line created by character in context.
The experience of Chautauqua Institution is an experience of community. The grounds and facilities, our rules for land use and the attempts to minimize the use of cars, the efforts toward an understanding of shared space, and the increasing awareness of the environmental impact of practices are all pieces of the reality of the experience of community.
Almost two years ago, we began our discussions with Colonial Williamsburg about an ongoing series on the subject of emerging democracies. We felt that our two organizations could combine our resources to build a long-term public dialogue about the challenges to the emergence of democratic societies in our time.
Welcome to the opening weekend of the 2014 Chautauqua season.
Somewhere in the jumble of my mind — a condition that often visits me when we are entering the fourth week of the season — I recall a statement to the effect, “The eye can only see what the mind comprehends.”
On Saturday evening the Chautauqua Opera Company will perform Benjamin Britten’s psychologically potent social parable of the struggle of the individual against the masses.
Chautauqua Institution President Tom Becker addressed the crowd gathered around the Hultquist Center porch last Wednesday morning as the season’s first weekly Trustee Porch Discussion began.
Becker detailed aspects of the Institution’s current stragetic plan that have allowed the board of trustees and the administration to look at Chautauqua’s immediate and long-term future with greater certainty.
“It is far more based on data than anything we have ever done before,” Becker said.