“My father built a time machine and then he spent his whole life trying to figure out how to use it to get more time. He spent all the time he had with us thinking about how he wished he had more time, if he could only have more time.”

― Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

Join us for CHQ 2019 Week Four, July 13 - 20:
The New Map of Life: How Longer Lives are Changing the World — A Week in Collaboration with the Stanford Center on Longevity

Do we really want to live forever? While being “forever young” may still be the stuff of dreams, longer lifespans are a reality of modern life. Living to 110 years old — at least — means new challenges for both individuals and society; how we meet those challenges will have lasting ramifications.

Check out the related titles below as well as our collection of Week 4 Speaker books.

The Immortalists Cover Image
What Does It Feel Like to Die?: Inspiring New Insights into the Experience of Dying Cover Image
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline Cover Image
How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life Cover Image
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
Memory Rescue: Supercharge Your Brain, Reverse Memory Loss, and Remember What Matters Most Cover Image
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters Cover Image
Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir Cover Image
Stories of Your Life and Others Cover Image

''... in our frenzied attempt to keep nearly eight billion people fed, watered, clothed, sheltered, and distracted, we are fundamentally altering the geophysical composition of the planet at a pace previously caused only by cataclysmic events..."

"...like the massive asteroid that smashed into eastern Mexico, wiping out the dinosaurs, sixty-five million years ago.”
Elizabeth Rush, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

Today's [July 11th] CLSC Presentation of Rising will take place at 3:30 in the Hall of Philosophy.  The booksigning will take place after the lecture on the Alumni Hall porch.

Books are available now at both Chautauqua Bookstore and the CLSC Octagon.

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore Cover Image
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore Cover Image
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore Cover Image

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

- Rachel Carson

Join us for CHQ 2019 Week Three, July 6 - 12:
A Planet in Balance: A Week in Partnership with National Geographic

In response to a rapidly changing planet, National Geographic is leveraging its legacy of exploration, innovation, and vibrant storytelling to further solutions. From funding cutting-edge technologies to leading advancements in science communication, we’ll uncover how National Geographic is using 21st-century tools to shape the future of exploration and to address the greatest challenge our world has ever faced.

Check out the related titles below as well as our collection of Week 3 Speaker books.

Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
Tsunami vs. the Fukushima 50: Poems Cover Image
How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Cover Image
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change Cover Image
Here: Poems for the Planet Cover Image
The Seabird's Cry: The Lives and Loves of the Planet's Great Ocean Voyagers Cover Image
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming Cover Image
The End of the End of the Earth: Essays Cover Image
Raising a Forest Cover Image
Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene Cover Image

"The eye of the reformer is met with angry flashes, portending disastrous times; but his heart may well beat lighter at the thought that America is young, and that she is still in the impressible stage of her existence..."

"... May he not hope that high lessons of wisdom, of justice and of truth, will yet give direction to her destiny?"

-- Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"

Today's [July 4th] CLSC Presentation of Pulitzer Prize winner Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight will take place at 3:30 at the Hall of Philosophy.  The booksigning will take place after the lecture on the Alumni Hall porch.

Books are available now at both Chautauqua Bookstore and the CLSC Octagon.

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Cover Image

“The more we talk about the epidemic as an individual disease phenomenon or a moral failing, the easier it is to obfuscate and ignore the social and economic conditions that predispose certain individuals to addiction."

― Beth Macy, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Week 2's first CLSC Presentation is today [July 3] at 3:30 at the Hall of Philosophy.  The booksigning will take place after the lecture on the Alumni Hall porch.

  Books are available now at both Chautauqua Bookstore and the CLSC Octagon.

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America Cover Image

“You do not have to be me in order for us to fight alongside each other. I do not have to be you to recognize that our wars are the same."

― Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Join us for CHQ 2019 Week Two, June 29 - July 5:
Uncommon Ground: Communities Working Toward Solutions

In an age of divisive posturing at the national level, are communities uniquely positioned to come together on the toughest issues, to find a way forward for the common good? We recognize the role of communities in effecting real change, and present a solutions-focused week of power and promise.

Check out the related titles below as well as our collection of Week 2 Speaker books.

Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade Cover Image
Healing a Community: Lessons for Recovery After a Large-Scale Trauma Cover Image
Better Together: Restoring the American Community Cover Image
The Stonewall Reader Cover Image
Counting on Community Cover Image
The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity Cover Image
The Arrival Cover Image
The Empathy Exams: Essays Cover Image
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Cover Image
Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene Cover Image

“A normal lake is knowable. A Great Lake can hold all the mysteries of an ocean, and then some.”

― Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

The first CLSC Presentation of the year is today! [June 26]  While the lecture is at the Amphitheater at 10:45, the booksigning will take place at 1:15 on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall.  Books are available now at both Chautauqua Bookstore and the CLSC Octagon.

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes Cover Image
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes Cover Image

“There's nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.”

Octavia E. Butler

Join us for CHQ 2019 Week One: Moments That Changed the World June 22-28

How did we get to now? The answers may surprise you. In this week, Chautauqua asks five historians to each choose a little-known moment when the ground shifted beneath humanity’s feet, and examine how those moments impacted the world of today.

This year's opening day -- June 22nd -- is also Week 1 CLSC Selection author Octavia Butler's birthday.  John Keene's presentation of Butler's Kindred will take place the following Thursday, June 27th.

Check out the related titles below as well as our collection of Week 1 Speaker Books.

Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11 Cover Image
The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention Cover Image
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe Cover Image
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
100 Mistakes that Changed History: Backfires and Blunders That Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, and Altered the Course of Our World Cover Image
On Immunity: An Inoculation Cover Image
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War Cover Image
Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World Cover Image
Cave Art: A Guide to the Decorated Ice Age Caves of Europe Cover Image
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World Cover Image

We've Got Moxie!

The 2019 edition of Chautauqua is now available! 

Moxie is the 16th issue of Chautauqua, a literary manifestation of the values and aesthetics of Chautauqua Institution.  Chautauqua publishes writing that speaks to Chautauqua's tradition of inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance — and when, where, and how those values and questions intersect.

For more information on the Chautauqua literary journal and the submissions process, click here.

Chautauqua: Moxie (Issue 16)

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