2022 CLSC Announcements: Civil Resistance & Gunfight

Chautauqua Institution's Department of Education has announced the following Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections for 2022:

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Week Three — “The Future of Human Rights” 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2022 – Hall of Philosophy

In Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know, Erica Chenoweth — one of the world's leading scholars on the topic — explains what civil resistance is, how it works, why it sometimes fails, how violence and repression affect it, and the long-term impacts of such resistance. Featuring both historical cases of civil resistance and more contemporary examples such as the Arab Awakenings and various ongoing movements in the United States, this book provides a comprehensive yet pithy overview of this enormously important subject.

Erica Chenoweth is the Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. At Harvard, they direct the Nonviolent Action Lab, an innovation hub that provides empirical evidence in support of movement-led political transformation. Chenoweth has authored or edited nine books and dozens of articles on mass movements, nonviolent resistance, political violence, revolutions and state repression. Their work has been honored with the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, the 2012 best book award from the American Political Science Association, and the Karl Deutsch Award, which the International Studies Association gives annually to the scholar under 40 who has made the greatest impact on the field of international politics or peace research. They hold a Ph.D. and an M.A. in political science from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in political science and German from the University of Dayton. 

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Week Eight — “New Profiles in Courage” 3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 18, 2022 – Hall of Philosophy

For 30 years, Ryan Busse chased his childhood dream and built a successful career selling millions of firearms for one of America’s most popular gun companies. He is an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and conservationist — all things that the firearms industry was built on.

In Gunfight, Busse argues that the gun industry has abandoned its self-imposed decency in favor of hardline conservatism and McCarthyesque internal policing, sowing irreparable division in our politics and society. America's gun industry has shifted from prioritizing safety and ethics to one that is addicted to fear, conspiracy, intolerance, and secrecy. He recounts his personal transformation and shows how authoritarianism spreads in the guise of freedom, how voicing one's conscience becomes an act of treason in a culture that demands sameness and loyalty. 

Ryan Busse is a former firearms executive who helped build one of the world’s most iconic gun companies and was nominated multiple times by industry colleagues for the prestigious Shooting Industry Person of The Year Award. Busse is an environmental advocate who served in many leadership roles for conservation organizations, including as an advisor for the United States Senate Sportsmen’s Caucus and the Biden Presidential Campaign. He remains a proud outdoorsman, gun owner, father, and resident of Montana.

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The Tradition Continues!

Sleigh/Wagon rides will again be offered at Chautauqua Institution this winter.  Provided by the Stateline Draft Horse Club of southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania, these tours of the Chautauqua Institution grounds are a popular wintertime tradition. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Chautauqua Bookstore, and rides load and unload in the adjacent parking lot.

image: horse-drawn sleigh ride passes the Hall of Christ on the Chautauqua Institution grounds.

The expected schedule is:

Sunday December 19th
Sunday December 26th
Every Saturday and Sunday from January 1st - February 27th

First ride at 1 pm, last ride at 3 pm
Rides leave roughly every half hour.

$6 Adult, $4 Child

All ticket sales are first come, first served on the day-of; no reservations.  We will begin selling tickets only after we have been able to confirm rides for the day; for the safety of the horses, rides may be cancelled due to weather or road conditions.

We look forward to seeing you!

2022 CLSC Announcement: Evicted

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City with CLSC badgeThe Department of Education has announced Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond as the 2022 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for Week Seven: “More Than Shelter: Redefining the American Home.”  We are so pleased Desmond will be joining us Tuesday, August 9, 2022 for a dual Chautauqua Lecture Series and Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle presentation.

MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data to transform our understanding of inequity and economic exploitation in America. In addition to the Pulitzer, Evicted — a landmark work of scholarship and reportage — won the National Books Critics Circle Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal, the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, the Heartland Prize, and more, and was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by nearly three dozen media outlets. In 2018, he received the Stowe Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice, awarded by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to authors whose work shines a light on critical social issues. Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, where he is also the founder and principal investigator of the Eviction Lab, which in 2018 published the first-ever national dataset of evictions in America, collecting millions of data points going back to 2000. 

Desmond is a former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and was formerly the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. He is also the author of the award-winning book On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters, the coauthor of two books on race, and the editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. His work has been supported by the Ford, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations.  

Desmond received his Bachelor of Science degree in communications and justice studies from Arizona State University and his doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

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2022 CLSC Announcement: Caste

ChauFirst four 2022 Selections with latest, "Caste" in fronttauqua Literary Arts has announced Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson as the 2022 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for Week Four: The Future of History. We are thrilled Wilkerson will join us on Thursday July 21, 2022 for a dual CLS and CLSC presentation.

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.  Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottomCaste by Isabel Wilkerson with CLSC medallion rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.

Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller & previous CLSC selection The Warmth of Other Suns. Her debut work won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and was named to Time’s 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s and The New York Times’s list of the Best Nonfiction of All Time. She has taught at Princeton, Emory, and Boston Universities and has lectured at more than two hundred other colleges and universities across the United States and in Europe and Asia.

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2022 Janus Prize Open for Submissions

Chautauqua Literary Arts is now accepting submissions for the 2022 Chautauqua Janus Prize! 

The Chautauqua Janus Prize will be awarded for the fifth time this summer, celebrating an emerging writer’s single work of short fiction or nonfiction for daring formal and aesthetic innovations that upset and reorder readers’ imaginations. In addition to receiving a $5,000 award, the winner gives a lecture on the grounds during the summer season and appears in a forthcoming issue of the literary journal Chautauqua. Eligibility and submission information can be found below under “Guidelines.”

Named for Janus, the Roman god who looks to both the past and the future, the prize will honor writing with a command of craft that renovates our understandings of both. The prize is funded by a generous donation from Barbara and Twig Branch.

The 2022 Guest Judge is Aisha Sabatini Sloan. Her essay collection, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. Her most recent essay collection, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, was chosen by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Contest and published in 2017. That book went on to be nominated for the Iowa Essay Prize, and to win CLMP’s Firecracker award for Nonfiction. Kiese Laymon called the essays in the collection, “innovative, inspiring, sobering, and absolutely terrifying while daring every other essayist in the country to catch up.”

For more information, visit the Chautauqua Literary Arts webpage.

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CLSC Announcement: Braiding Sweetgrass

Hardcover "Braiding Sweetgrass" with CLSC Selection BadgeChautauqua Literary Arts has announced Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer as the 2022 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for Week 2: “The Wild: Reconnecting with Our Natural World." We are thrilled Kimmerer will join us on July 7, 2022, in the Hall of Philosophy.

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings--asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass--offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

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Surprise! Due to popular request, we are selling 2022 CLSC Memberships early!

CLSC Meda6lion imageLooking to update or begin your CLSC Membership?  We are now taking 2022 CLSC Membership dues.  Current 2021 Membership status and discounts will remain active on our site through the end of the calendar year.  Update now to avoid gaps in benefits.

(Looking to purchase a membership for a past year in order to graduate?  Go ahead a fill out the 2022 form, and make a note in the comment section of which year's dues you intend to cover.)