“How to be both free and situated; how to convert a racist house into a race-specific yet nonracist home? How to enunciate race while depriving it of its lethal cling?...

...They are questions of concept, of language, of trajectory, of habitation, of occupation, and, although my engagement with them has been fiece, fitful, and constantly (I think) evolving, they remain in my thoughts as aesthetically and pollitically unresolved.”
― Toni Morrison, The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

Join us for CHQ 2019 Week Nine, August 17 - 25:
Exploring Race and Culture in America with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center

The intersection of race and culture creates a unique vibrancy to American democracy, often channeling and challenging the ugly effects of racism, bigotry and inequality, past and present. In this week, we examine the different ways that race and culture shape and enrich our society, and how being responsible consumers of culture, regardless of our different backgrounds and tastes, matters to who we are as citizens and as an American community. We open and close the week with renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who explores race and culture as a testing ground for the principles of American democracy.

Check out the related titles below as well as our collection of Week 9 Speaker books.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Cover Image
A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers Cover Image
Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape Cover Image
Magical Negro Cover Image
How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir Cover Image
WHEREAS: Poems Cover Image
They Called Us Enemy Cover Image
The History of White People Cover Image
How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories Cover Image

“Her words shift within her like nervous birds. They long to go winging, and one loud noise will send the whole flock exploding outward, past the paltry gate of her tongue, into the world from whence they cannot be reclaimed.”

― Anjali Sachdeva, All the Names They Used for God: Stories

Today's [August 16th] Chautauqua Prize Presentation of All the Names They Used for God 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.

All the Names They Used for God: Stories Cover Image
All the Names They Used for God: Stories Cover Image

"In later years, they will say that her term 'swimmer among the stars' means 'astronaut.' They will never say that 'astronaut' means 'swimmer among the stars.'"

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Today's [August 15th] CLSC Presentation of Swimmer Among the Stars 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.

Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories Cover Image
Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories Cover Image

“Perhaps power had to be tended, like Tieren said, but not all things grew in gardens. Plenty of plants grew wild. And Lila had always thought of herself more as a weed than a rose bush.”

― V. E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows

Join us for CHQ 2019 Week Eight, August 10 - 16:
Shifting Global Power

Power is shifting on the international stage. It always has been. In this week we focus on the geopolitical hot-spots of the moment, examining the new holders ― and even the new definitions ― of global power.

Check out the related titles below as well as our collection of Week 8 Speaker books.

A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism Cover Image
The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World Cover Image
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power Cover Image
It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America Cover Image
Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Cover Image
Exodus: How Migration Is Changing Our World Cover Image
Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations Cover Image
New Power: How Anyone Can Persuade, Mobilize, and Succeed in Our Chaotic, Connected Age Cover Image
Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance Cover Image
Women & Power: A Manifesto Cover Image

"I think or hope that’s what death is. The silence between movements; those who don’t know any better applaud, but those who know music more intimately sit in silence and wait for the next movement to begin.”

  -- Letters from Max : A Book of Friendship, Sarah Ruhl & Max Ritvo

Today's [August 8th] CLSC Presentation of Letters from Max 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.

Letters from Max: A Poet, a Teacher, a Friendship Cover Image

“There are lots of superheroes with different superpowers, and some of them are big and flashy, like super strength and super speed, and molecular restructuring, and force fields...

...But these abilities are really not so different from the superpower stuff that old Jiko could do, like moving superslow, or reading people's minds, or appearing in doorways, or making people feel okay about themselves by just being there.”

― Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

Join us for CHQ 2019 Week Six, August 3 - 9:
Grace: A Celebration of Extraordinary Gifts In Partnership with Krista Tippett and "On Being"

Be it emotional, physical or spiritual, grace takes many forms. It exists in the way we treat one another, the way in which we move through the world, and the way in which we use our gifts, our grace, to lift up others.

Check out the related titles below as well as our collection of Week 7 Speaker books.

The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life Cover Image
Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Help Others, Do Work that Matters, and Make Smarter Choices about Giving Back Cover Image
Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change Cover Image
Best Self: Be You, Only Better Cover Image
Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You Cover Image
Note to Self: Inspiring Words From Inspiring People Cover Image
Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Cover Image
How to Be a Superhero (Little Golden Book) Cover Image
Random Acts of Kindness Cover Image

“Maybe she is reaching out because she has sent another man to his grave prematurely. Or maybe she wants to know if I can buy eggs on the way home. Either way, I’m not picking up.”

― Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer

Today's [August 1st] CLSC Presentation of My Sister, the Serial Killer 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.

My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image
My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image

“There's a door." "Where does it go?" "It stays where it is, I think.”

Terry Pratchett, Eric

Join us for CHQ 2019 Week Six, July 27 - August 2:
What's Funny? In Partnership with the National Comedy Center

Come learn and laugh with us as Chautauqua Institution again partners with the National Comedy Center for a week exploring how comedy changes us and, in turn, society.

Check out the related titles below as well as our collection of Week 6 Speaker books.

Adulthood Is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection Cover Image
I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats (Gifts for Cat Lovers, Funny Cat Books for Cat Lovers) Cover Image
Not Quite the Classics Cover Image
The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay M ore Than Some Antics Cover Image
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4
The Book with No Pictures Cover Image
The Super Duper Joke Book Volume 1: Jokes for Everyone! Jokes For Every Occassion! Jokes for Every Situation! Cover Image
Damn You, Autocorrect!: Awesomely Embarrassing Text Messages You Didn't Mean to Send Cover Image
Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995 Cover Image
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise Cover Image

"The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed...

...Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other's memories. This is how people care for themselves. ”

Barry Lopez, Crow and Weasel

Join us for CHQ 2019 Week Five, July 20 - 27:
The Life of the Spoken Word

As consumers, creators and critics, we are experiencing a renaissance of the spoken word. We join together the history and modernity of compelling oratory to explore broader themes of social and intergenerational connectedness and the ways that our speech, our stories, bring us together.

Check out the related titles below as well as our collection of Week 5 Speaker books.

Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of World War II Cover Image
The One Hundred Nights of Hero: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
Women Talking Cover Image
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Cover Image
From the Forest: A Search for the Hidden Roots of Our Fairy Tales Cover Image
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age Cover Image
Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages Cover Image
How to Make Small Talk: Conversation Starters, Exercises, and Scenarios Cover Image
The Healing Power of the Human Voice: Mantras, Chants, and Seed Sounds for Health and Harmony Cover Image
The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father Cover Image

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