Mirror Project Reading Circle Selections

The Mirror Project, a partnership between the African American Heritage House and Chautauqua Institution, in collaboration with the Institution's Literary Arts program, will begin hosting monthly Mirror Project Reading Circles.  Each month, readers will read one book about diversity, race relations, and/or the state of society, and meet online to discuss it in open and welcoming conversations. 

September 2020's pick is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Contact Chautauqua Literary Arts at chqliteraryarts@gmail.com to be assigned to a session group.

Visit the Chautauqua Mirror Project for more information.

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“Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

“We who do the ignoring and forgetting oftentimes do not perceive it to be violence, because we do not know we do it. But sometimes we deliberately ignore and forget others…when those others fight back by demanding to be seen and heard –

"– as refugees sometimes do – they can appear to us like threatening ghosts who fates we ourselves have caused and denied.”

Viet Thanh Nguyen, (Introduction) The Displaced

This week's CLSC presentation goes live Thursday August 27th 3:30 pm EDT on CHQ Assembly.

Signed bookplates are still available for Viet Thanh Nguyen; if you would like a signed edition, please let us know in your order comments!

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Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives Cover Image
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The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives Cover Image

First 2021 CLSC Selection Announced!

Readiteal CLSC medallionng together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

Each summer, the CLSC chooses at least nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

The CLSC is organized under a vertical theme each year, which is meant to help readers connect the books with a uniting element.  The theme for 2021 is "The People."

Watch a recording of the announcement and Bryant Day ceremony on the CHQ Virtual Porch.  Stay tuned for more announcements for 2021!

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Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit Cover Image

"We are all migrants through time."

-- Mohsin Hamid, Exit West

CHQ Assembly Week 9 on The Future We Want, The World We Need

What will the world look like over the coming decades, and how can we work together to better prepare for the future? From climate change to new technologies, the world faces countless interrelated and fast-moving drivers of economic, political and social change. Where are the most important opportunities to realize a more equitable and sustainable world? What are our biggest collective challenges? During the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, we examine what we can learn from international communities and partnerships driving innovative solutions to global issues and identify tools that communities can use to learn from one another and drive collective action.

Browse titles by this week's assembly contributors here

More reading:

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Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore Cover Image
Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World Cover Image
Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times Cover Image
The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move Cover Image
Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga (Infrastructures) Cover Image
Migrations: A Novel Cover Image
A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow Cover Image
How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories Cover Image
The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction Cover Image

"That disease is more potent than most people imagine: that feeling that we’ve lost, that we’ve always lost, that we’ve already lost—our land, our cultures, our communities, ourselves. This disease is the story told about us...

"...and the one we so often tell about ourselves. But it’s one we’ve managed to beat again and again—in our insistence on our own existence and our successful struggles to exist in our homelands on our own terms."

― David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

This week's CLSC presentation goes live Thursday August 20th 3:30 pm EDT on CHQ Assembly.

Signed bookplates are still available for David Treuer; if you would like a signed edition, please let us know in your order comments!

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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present Cover Image
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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present Cover Image

“[She] prayed to the graven image of Lafayette, since neither the president nor Congress seemed to be listening. 'We, the women of the United States,' she told the bronze Lafayette...

"...'denied the liberty which you helped to gain, and for which we have asked in vain for sixty years, turn to you to plead for us. Speak, Lafayette, dead these hundred years but still living in the hearts of the American people.'"
Sarah Vowell,
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
 

CHQ Assembly Week 8 on Reframing the Constitution

Two-hundred and thirty years after its ratification, the U.S. Constitution remains one of the most difficult to amend of any in the world. During this week we ask if the Constitution is securing the “blessings of liberty” for all Americans and whether constitutional reform — from amendment to outright replacement — is necessary and even possible.

Browse titles by this week's assembly contributors here

More reading:

The U.S. Constitution for Everyone: Features All 27 Amendments Cover Image
The Cult of the Constitution Cover Image
America's Constitution: A Biography Cover Image
The United States Constitution: What It Says, What It Means: A Hip Pocket Guide Cover Image
Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment (Turning Points in History #7) Cover Image
The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment (The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series) Cover Image
Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law Cover Image
We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights Cover Image
51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law Cover Image
Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality Cover Image

“Yes, the Founders had meant that all men were created equal, but they failed to include an index of defined terms."

Maurice Carlos Ruffin, We Cast a Shadow

This week's CLSC presentation goes live Thursday August 13th 3:30 pm EDT on CHQ Assembly.

Signed bookplates are still available for Maurice Carlos Ruffin; if you would like a signed edition, please let us know in your order comments!

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We Cast a Shadow: A Novel Cover Image
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"What if we had known then that our final act of loyalty to him would sow the seeds of our children's betrayal, their fate and their children's children's also; that the Lualaba of his drawings was the mouth of the great Congo of our downfall...?"

-- Petina Gappah, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

The Prize Ceremony and Reading for the ninth Chautauqua Prize Winner, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, goes live Monday, August 10th at 3:30 pm EDT on CHQ Assembly.

A reminder to CLSC members: while Chautauqua Prize Winners are not technically CLSC selections, they do count toward graduation requirements (and get CLSC discounts!).

Available Editions:

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