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Erie Insurance Panel Discussion on “Belonging and Placemaking for Equitable Communities of the Future”
At 3:30 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 24, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch, join Week Nine Program Sponsor Erie Insurance for a roundtable discussion on equity and collective action. In a panel titled “Belong and Placemaking for Equitable Communities of the Future,” three changemakers in Erie, Pennsylvania, will explore how community-building, the arts and education drive solutions toward a more equitable future for the northwestern Pennsylvania region and beyond. Panelists include Patrick Fisher, executive director of Erie Arts & Culture, who works to advance work in the creative and cultural sector, with a focus on the intersection between the arts and social change; Tesha L. Nesbit, who leads the Diversity & Inclusion discipline in 12 states and Washington D.C. for Erie Insurance Group and is a thought partner on community and economic development efforts and oversees employee engagement survey administration and workplace practices; and Leslie C. Sotomayor, an artist, curator, and professor in Art Education and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

CLSC Book Discussion
Join Julie Phillips Brown and Director of Literary Arts Sony Ton-Aime for the CLSC Book Discussion at 12:30 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 24, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch, for a conversation about Week Nine’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection, The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

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 last weekly community webinars at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 27, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. Log in to CHQ Assembly to register for the webinar. Thursday’s session will be “Season Debrief and Forecast for 2021.” 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. 25, on the CHQ Assembly Video Platform, Terry Madonna will give his lecture, “The Politics of a Divided America: The Factors that will Matter for ALL voters in the 2020 Elections.” Madonna is a professor of public affairs and director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. This lecture is part of the Chautauqua Women’s Club Virtual Contemporary Issues Forum Lecture Series. Following the lecture there will be a live Q-and-A.

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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.