The 2011 Summer Schedule for Chautauqua has been released. The following are the Lecture Themes for the nine weeks that Chautauqua will be in session.
Week One (June 26-July 2) Global Health and Development as Foreign Policy. Speakers include Rev. Alastair Symington from Scotland and Helene Gayle, CEO of Care, USA.
Week Two (July 3-9) Applied Ethics: Government and the Search for the Common Good. Speakers include Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop; James Carroll, columnist for the Boston Globe; David Gergen, Professor of Public Service, Harvard Kennedy School.
Week Three (July 10-16) American Intelligence: Technology, Espionage and Alliances. Speakers include Peter Earnest, Exec. Director, International Spy Museum; Frank Chikane, Leader of anti-Apartheid Movement; R. James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence Agency; Bruce Reidel, former CIA officer.
Week Four (July 17-23) A Case for the Arts. Speakers include Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts; Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Artistic Director, Chautauqua Dance Program; Ethan McSweeny and Vivienne Benesch, Co-Artistic Directors, Chautauqua Theater Company; Jay Lesenger, Artistic Director, Chautauqua Opera. The week will highlight the four-pillar mix of arts, education, religion, and recreation at Chautauqua.
Week Five (July 24-30) 21st Century Women: The Road to Social and Economic Growth. Speakers include Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations; Adrian Germain, President, International Women’s Health Coalition; Anat Hoffman, Exec. Director, Israel Religious Action Center.
Week Six (July 31-August 6) Iran: From Ancient Persia to Middle East Powder Keg. Speakers include Robin Wright, Editor, The Iran Primer; Karen Armstrong, author on world’s religions; Azar Nafisi, Author, Reading Lolita in Tehran; Nicholas Burns, former U. S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.
Week Seven (August 7-13) The U. S. Economy: Beyond a Quick Fix. Speakers include Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics; John Dominic Crossan and Joerg Rieger, authors and theologians.
Week Eight (August 14-20) Sparking a Culture of Creativity and Innovation. Speakers include Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of Jewish Studies and New Testament, Vanderbilt U.; Dev Patnaik, co-author, Wired to Care; Joan Abrahamson, President, Jefferson Institute.
Week Nine (August 21-27) The Path to the Civil War. Speakers include Michael Klarman, Professor, Harvard Law School; Gordon S. Wood, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian; Colonial Williamsburg character-interpreters.
July 25, 2011 – In addition, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B., will speak in Week 5 on Monday, July 25th at 2 p.m. on Women Transcending Boundaries.
The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has chosen the following books for discussion. In each case, the author will speak about his/her book on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the stated week.
Week One – Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan
Week Two – Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides
Week Three – In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Week Four – Sonata Mulattica: Poems by Rita Dove
Week Five – The Mighty Queens of Freeville by Amy Dickinson
Week Six – TBD
Week Seven – American Rust by Philipp Meyer
Week Eight – One Hundred Names for Love
Week Nine – The Warmth of Other Suns
The Chautauqua Theater Company has chosen Checkov’s Three Sisters which will be shown from July 6-17 and Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost which will be shown from August 10-19.
The Chautauqua Opera will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller in Italian on Saturday, July 9th at 8:15 p.m. They will also perform Mozart’s The Magic Flute in English on Friday, July 29th and Monday, August 1st at 7:30 p.m.
The 2011 Chautauqua offerings will prove to make this one of the best seasons ever organized.
The Chautauquan – Winter 2011