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.”
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.
The Chautauqua Writers’ Center workshops for Week Five will center on heightening emotions, the basics of poetry and playwriting.
Chautauqua Institution lecture platforms, artistic programs explore American expansionism in Week Five
Playwright Molly Smith Metzler thinks that every person has a great idea deep down inside — one that might be a secret.
Let’s be candid. How Chautauqua Institution will lasso “The American West,” the theme for 2014’s Week Five, is, from the vantage of this season’s fifth week, a work in progress. But this sprawling theme — which will pursue the nation’s artistic, cultural, political and economic gains from Westward expansion — presents many possibilities.
Anthony M. Kennedy, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will offer remarks on the Week Five theme, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” in a special lecture at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.
Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, Kennedy took his seat Feb. 18, 1988. In his 25 years on the bench, he has written the court’s majority opinion on many landmark cases, including United States v. Windsor in 2013, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010, Kennedy v. Louisiana and Boumediene v. Bush in 2008 and Lawrence v. Texas in 2003.
At 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy, Hunter R. Rawlings III will have the chance to interview America’s third president firsthand. But before that, in a solo lecture at 10:45 a.m. in the Amphitheater, Rawlings will examine what led to Thomas Jefferson’s assertion, in the Declaration of Independence, of “the pursuit of happiness” as one of humankind’s “inalienable rights.”
Bill Barker, a professional Jefferson character-interpreter, will deliver a short Jefferson speech during Rawlings’ morning lecture and participate as an older Jefferson in the Hall of Philosophy conversation.
“I say yes to being chaplain in residence because Chautauqua is a wonderful place to be,” said the Rev. Barbara K. Lundblad, chaplain in residence for Week Five. “I am amazed that people come day after day to hear me preach. You can wear yourself out in this setting.”
Lundblad, the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, will preach at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning worship service, which will also include Chautauqua’s annual Ecumenical Communion service. Celebrants for the service include Lundblad, the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell and the Rev. Terry W. Bull, of Amherst, N.Y. There will be 66 clergy and assistants serving the stations around the Amphitheater, 12 of whom will be from the New Clergy Conference.