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The Briefly column will appear every weekday and on Saturdays at It is intended to provide space for announcements from Institution-related organizations. If a meeting or activity is featured that day in a story, it should not be repeated in the Briefly column. Submit information to Cloey Olkowski, editorial office manager, at Please provide the name of the organization, time and place of virtual event, and one contact person’s name with phone number. Deadline is 5 p.m. EDT three days before publication.

School of Music Keynote Presentation

The 2020 season for Chautauqua’s School of Music opens at 12:30 p.m. EDT Monday, July 13, on CHQ Assembly with a keynote presentation, titled “The Artist as Citizen” from Joseph Polisi, president emeritus and chief China officer at The Juilliard School.

Smith Memorial Library news

The Smith Memorial Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on weekdays and from noon to 3 p.m. EDT on Saturdays. Capacity is limited, face coverings are required, and social distancing rules apply. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and computers and office services are available on a limited basis. Enhanced sanitization and book-quarantine protocols are in place, and touchless browsing is encouraged. Safe return bins will be located throughout the Smith. Any transactions will be contact-free, and the preferred payment is exact change. While newspapers are currently unavailable, magazines may be checked out by request. In-person programs, meetings, and food and beverage sharing are not permitted. Remote services continue at and, or by calling 716-357-6296. 

Chautauqua Women’s Club 

At 3:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 14, on CHQ Assembly, 20-first CEO Avivah Wittenberg-Cox will give her lecture “Four Phases of Women’s (and a Growing Number of Men’s) Career Cycles” as part of the Chautauqua Women’s Club Virtual Contemporary Issues Forum Lecture Series. Following the lecture there will be a live Q-and-A.

Weekly Conversation with Michael Hill and Candy Maxwell

Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill and Board of Trustees Chair Candy Maxwell will hold the second of nine weekly community webinars at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 16, on the Virtual Porch. Log in to CHQ Assembly to register for the webinar. Thursday’s session invites Chautauquans to share their observations on and aspirations for CHQ Assembly. Maxwell and Hill will respond to questions submitted during this Virtual Porch event.

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Birkenstock enthusiast and lover of all things yellow, Cloey Olkowski is the office manager at the Daily. This will be Cloey’s fourth season at the Daily and 20th season at Chautauqua. A native of Buffalo, New York, she is a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego, where she majored in public relations with double minors in graphic design and psychology. Three seasons ago she placed second in the Old First Night Run/Walk and hopes to take home the virtual gold this season.