Just Announced! Week 8 CLSC Selection

The Department of Education has announced On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear by Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper as a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for 2021 Summer Assembly Season, Week Eight: The Human Brain – Our Greatest Mystery.

The Department of Education is also delighted to announce a first-ever collaboration with the Department of Religion, who have chosen Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper to serve as Chaplain for Week Eight.

Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper
On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear 
3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 19, 2021 – CHQ Assembly

 

An estimated fifty million people in the world suffer from dementia. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s erase parts of one’s memory but are also often said to erase the self. People don’t simply die from such diseases; they are imagined, in the clichés of our era, as vanishing in plain sight, fading away, or enduring a long goodbye. In ​On Vanishing, ​ Lynn Casteel Harper, a Baptist minister and nursing home chaplain, investigates the myths and metaphors surrounding dementia and aging, addressing not only the indignities caused by the condition but also by the rhetoric surrounding it. Harper asks essential questions about the nature of our outsized fear of dementia, the stigma this fear may create, and what it might mean for us all to try to “vanish well.”

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Just Announced! Week 7 CLSC Selection

The Department of Education has announced The Riches of this Land by Jim Tankersley as a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for 2021 Summer Assembly Season, Week Seven: The State of the Economic – Where Do We Go From Here?

Jim Tankersley
The Riches of this Land
3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 12, 2021 - CHQ Assembly
 

For over a decade, Jim Tankersley has been on a journey to understand what happened to the world’s greatest middle-class success story — the post-World-War-II boom that faded into decades of stagnation and frustration for American workers. In The Riches of This Land, Tankersley fuses the story of forgotten Americans– struggling women and men who he met on his journey into the travails of the middle class– with important new economic and political research, providing fresh understanding how to create a more widespread prosperity.

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2021 CLSC Updates

Chautauqua Institution's Department of the Education has announced Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha as a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections for 2021 Summer Assembly Season, Week Six: Building a Culture of Empathy.  Announced 2021 CLSC Selections (3)

Event: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021 – CHQ Assembly

A powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in LA, Your House Will Pay follows two families—one Korean-American, one African-American—grappling with the effects of a decades-old crime. In the wake of the police shooting of a black teenager, Los Angeles is as tense as it’s been since the unrest of the early 1990s. Protests and vigils are being staged all over the city. It’s in this dangerous tinderbox that two families must finally confront their pasts.

CLSC Season Theme 2021: The People

As we continue to see the world confronts and adapts to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are reminded of the resilience and ingenuity of its people. This year, the CLSC selections will explore our contribution as people, our commonality and what makes us human, without losing sight of the individual. They will highlight the myths, fables, and narratives of our humanness.

(Are you a registered current CLSC Member on our site?  Get 20% off 2021 CLSC Selections with the coupon code THEPEOPLE.)

Spring CLSC Programs

In keeping with its long history of year-around presence and in response to the programing changes, we are looking forward, starting this coming Spring, to engaging our Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) members in discussions over the CLSC selections beyond our regular summer season. Some CLSC authors will join us on our CHQ Assembly video platform for their presentations. While these presentations will be able to stand on their own, we will continue discussing them with our CLSC community during the Summer Assembly Season during their assigned weeks.

All Announced 2021 Selections:

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Rion Amilcar Scott to serve as 2021 Janus Prize guest judge

Chautauqua Literary Arts has begun accepting submissions for the Chautauqua Janus Prize, now in its fourth year. This unique literary prize celebrates an emerging writer’s single work of short fiction or nonfiction for daring formal and aesthetic innovations that upset and reorder readers’ imaginations.

The 2021 winner will be selected by guest judge Rion Amilcar Scott, who will also lead a prose workshop during the 2022 summer season with the Chautauqua Writers’ Center. Scott is the author of the 2019 story collection The World Doesn't Require You.

Entries for the 2021 Chautauqua Janus Prize will be accepted through March 31, 2021. Visit chq.org/janus for more information about eligibility and submission guidelines. 

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