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Week Five Post-lecture Conversations on the Virtual Porch
Following the morning’s Chautauqua Lecture Series program, join others at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 30, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch to discuss this week’s lectures on “The Women’s Vote Centennial and Beyond.” All are welcome. The conversation will be facilitated by Kimberly Hamlin, associate professor of history and American studies at Miami University of Ohio.

Literary Arts Contests

Writers of all ages are invited to submit their poetry or prose by Sunday, Aug. 2, to the writing contests sponsored by Friends of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center (formerly Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends.) Prizes are awarded in the adult, young adult, and youth categories. For more information and submission instructions, please go to  Please direct any questions to

Authors’ Hour

Chautauqua authors will read from their work 12:15 p.m. EDT every Thursday on Zoom during Weeks One through Nine. Find more information at Direct any questions to Week Five’s authors are Patricia Averbach (novelist), author of Resurrecting Rain, and Shara McCallum (poetry), author of Madwoman and This Strange Land.

School of Music Piano Program Master Class with Natalya Antonova

At 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 28, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch, the School of Music Piano Program broadcasts a master class with Natalya Antonova.

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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.