Chautauqua: Week Six

On Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution will be the discussion, “States and the Making of American Constitutional Law: Free speech, free exercise of religion, and the compelled flag salute cases.” Submitted photo

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution is proud to announce the program lineup for Week Six of its 2018 season. The week, which begins July 28 and concludes Aug. 3, features a performance of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets† in Concert with Live Orchestra and presentations by renowned guests such as Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), celebrated mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks.

Chautauqua Institution’s nine-week season features morning and afternoon lectures focusing on weekly cultural themes. Week Six examines the characteristics behind “The Changing Nature of Work.” Lectures on the 10:45 a.m. Amphitheater platform will examine the future of automation, the changing role of labor unions, the identity politics of the working classes and the disappearing line in work-life balance. The morning lecture series this week is sponsored by Grant Thornton. The 2 p.m. Interfaith Lecture Series in the Hall of Philosophy in Week Six explores the theme “A Spirituality of Work” on how people in different faith traditions embrace various perspectives regarding the nature of work.

The Rev. Skye Jethani will serve as ecumenical guest chaplain for the week. He is an author, speaker, consultant and ordained pastor, and co-host of the popular “Phil Vischer Podcast,” a weekly show that blends astute cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. A sought-after consultant for groups facing challenges at the intersection of faith and culture like The Lausanne Movement, The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Interfaith Youth Core, Jethani has written for Christianity Today’s magazines and websites, The Washington Post, Relevant and


Morning: Arun Sundararajanis a professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where his research topics include the sharing economy and the future of work. He is also the author of The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism.

Arthur Brooks

Afternoon: Joan Chittister, OSB, is one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time. For 40 years, she has passionately advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues and church renewal. She currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peacebuilders. She is also a best-selling author of more than 50 books, hundreds of articles, an online column for the National Catholic Reporter and a blog for The Huffington Post.


Morning: Cathrael Kazinis one of the nation’s foremost experts in competency-based learning and assessment. She serves as managing partner of Volta Learning Group, which designs new learning and credentialing strategies for evolving industries. She has also designed an award-winning competency-based education model, which centers around realistic projects rather than exams and papers.

Afternoon: Maggie Jacksonis an award-winning author and journalist whose acclaimed book Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention has been compared to Silent Spring for its prescient warnings of our tech-driven crisis of inattention. Jackson is known for her penetrating writings on social trends, particularly technology’s impact on humanity.


Avivah Wittenberg-Coxis

Morning: Avivah Wittenberg-Coxis chief executive officer of 20-first. She has written extensively on gender balance and is the author of several books, including Seven Steps to Leading Gender-Balanced Businesses, and has been recognized by ELLE magazine as one of the Top 40 Women Leading Change.

Afternoon: The Rev. John J. Schereris founder and president of the Scherer Leadership Center. He uses his past experiences to bring a unique perspective to his life and work and is one of the living experts on the deep development of leaders and the action research method of facilitating change.


Morning: Jeremy Bailensonis founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab. Bailenson studies the psychology of virtual reality, in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. His lab builds and studies systems that allow people to meet in virtual space and explores the changes in the nature of social interaction.

Afternoon:Popular motivator, mentor, and inspirational speaker Rabbi Daniel Cohen’s unique blend of authenticity, humor, wisdom, and insight helps anyone better navigate contemporary society and lead a life of legacy. Rabbi Cohen is author of What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone? Creating a Life of Legacy.

Cathrael Kazinis


Morning: Arthur C. Brookshas been president of the American Enterprise Institute since Jan. 1, 2009. He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI. Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the best-selling author of 11 books on topics that include the role of government, economic opportunity, happiness and the morality of free enterprise.

Afternoon: The Interfaith Friday Series speaker will be Rabbi Asher Lopatin, the president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, an Orthodox rabbinical school that teaches an inclusive and welcoming Torah. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, co-chaired the Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative in Chicago and has been listed several years in Newsweek’s Top 50 Rabbis.


2 p.m. Saturday, Hall of Philosophy:To be announced.

Jeremy Bailensonis

3:30 p.m. Monday, Hall of Philosophy:U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio’s 13th Congressional District is a member of House Appropriations Committee; he also serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus and is a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. Ryan serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus and is a leading voice fighting to strengthen America’s manufacturing base and reform U.S. trade policies.

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hall of Philosophy: Judge Jeffrey Sutton will give a presentation titled “States and the Making of American Constitutional Law: Free speech, free exercise of religion, and the compelled flag salute cases.”

3:30 p.m. Thursday, Hall of Philosophy: Jessica Bruder will deliver the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Author Presentation on her book Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century.

3:30 p.m. Friday, Hall of Christ:David Kaplin will give a presentation titled “Modern Forgeries: from digital plagiarism to the phony kouros at the Getty.”


Joan Chittister


Aside from the daily lectures, Week Six features a variety of evening entertainment programs in the Amphitheater.

From J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert comes to the Amphitheater at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in high-definition on a giant screen while the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ unforgettable score.

Back by popular demand, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra provides a musical foundation and inspiration for collaborations with Chautauqua Dance, Chautauqua Opera Company, Chautauqua Theater Company and students from the School of Music in a “Special Inter-arts Matinee.” This year, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution joins the inter-arts activities.

At 8:15 p.m. Monday, Capathia Jenkins returns to the Amphitheater stage for an intimate evening designed to showcase both the beauty and power of the human voice. Her performance is titled “From Brooklyn to Broadway.”

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performs “An Enigmatic Evening” at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Rossen Milanov conducts with special guest So Percussion.

At 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Chautauqua welcomes back alumni of the School of Dance for the Alumni Dance Gala.

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performs at 8:15 p.m. Thursday. Rossen Milanov conducts while mezzo-soprano singer Sasha Cooke serves as the solo vocalist.

Finally, YouTube sensation The Piano Guys takes the stage to close the week at 8:15 p.m. Friday.



Redefining the scope of the modern percussion ensemble, So Percussion will perform at 4 p.m. Monday in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

The Chautauqua Opera Company continues its run of Candide at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Norton Hall. Candide is about a naive young hero, Candide, who is plagued by an endless series of bizarre comedic disasters on his globe-spanning search for the true meaning of life. Based on the sharply satirical story of innocence lost by Voltaire, Leonard Bernstein’s darkly funny operetta receives its Chautauqua Opera debut, joining the centennial celebration of the composer’s birth.

Chautauqua Theater Company presents a week of New Play Workshops, producing the new works Untitled Russia Play by Lauren Yee from July 30 to Aug. 1 and Jump by Charly Evon Simpson from Aug. 2 to 4.

The history and culture of India comes to life with Kathakaar at 5 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Smith Wilkes Hall as part of the free Family Entertainment Series.


Day tickets are available for purchase at the Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office on the day of your visit. Morning tickets grant visitors access to the grounds from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $24. Afternoon tickets grant access from noon to 8 p.m. for $17. Combined morning/afternoon passes allow access from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and cost $41. Evening passes grant access from 4 p.m. to midnight with the cost varying based on the evening entertainment. For tickets and information, visit or call 716-357-6250.