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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.

The Mirror Project: A Conversation about Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility at Chautauqua Institution

At 3:30 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 3, join Robert M. Franklin, former director of religion at Chautauqua Institution, for a conversation about “The Mirror Project: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility at Chautauqua Institution,” on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch.

CLSC Book Discussion

Join fellow readers for a discussion of Week Six’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection, The Gifted School, by Bruce Holsinger, at 12:30 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 3, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. The discussion will be led by Fred Zirm and CLSC Octagon Manager Stephine Hunt.

Library Day

Join us in celebrating this year’s virtual Library Day. There are three ways to participate in this year’s celebration: Email your 30-second (or less) kazoo video by Monday, Aug. 3, to; on Thursday, Aug. 6, watch Chautauqua Institution social media channels for ways to share your favorite book; and at, scroll down to “Join the Friends” with a gift-by-mail in any amount.

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. 

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, Aug. 6, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. Log in to CHQ Assembly to register for the webinar. Thursday’s session will be “Strategic Plan Deep Dive No. 2: Diversifying Revenue.” Maxwell and Hill will respond to questions submitted during this Virtual Porch event.

Chautauqua Women’s Club 

At 3:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 4, on the CHQ Assembly Video Platform, Senior Curator of the Senator John Heinz History Center Leslie Przybylek will give her lecture, “A Woman’s Place IS IN THE Exhibition,” 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.

School of Music Piano Program Master Class featuring Alexander Kobrin

At 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 3, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch, join Alexander Kobrin for a broadcast of a master class with School of Music Piano Program students.

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The author Cloey Olkowski

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.