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“'So the hours are pretty good then?' he resumed. The Vogon stared down at him as sluggish thoughts moiled around in the murky depths. 'Yeah,' he said, 'but now you come to mention it, most of the actual minutes are pretty lousy.'”

-Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 6: The Changing Nature of Work July 28th - August 4th

The state of work in America exists in contradictions. Wealth creation is up, but the per-capita GDP is stagnating. Working-class wages have been flat for decades, but the “gig economy” is booming. This week we study the nature of work in this country, examining the future of automation, the changing role of labor unions, the identity politics of the working classes, and the disappearing line in work-life balance. We look across generations and social classes, seeking to find who we are in a culture that ties identity to the jobs we hold, and reclaiming and honoring the dignity of work.

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

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory Cover Image
Fifty Million Rising: The New Generation of Working Women Transforming the Muslim World Cover Image
Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about Cover Image
Work: The Last 1,000 Years Cover Image
The Working Poor: Invisible in America Cover Image
Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials Cover Image
White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America Cover Image
Dress Like a Woman: Working Women and What They Wore Cover Image

"'This is the thing about history,' she said. 'People lie about the parts they missed.'"

-Maria Dahvana Headley, The Mere Wife

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 8: The Forgotten: History and Memory in the 21st Century August 11th-18th

It is said that those who do not remember their history are doomed to repeat it. So we look to that history, and to the communities, movements and ideas existing at the fringes in our world today. What do we forget, at our own peril? How can we be stewards of remembering, and what must we remember? We are responsible for the histories of our societies, our families, and of our own individual selves. How can we preserve, honor, and ultimately learn from what was and what is? This meeting of the past and present hinges upon what — and who — we must remember.

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

A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History Cover Image
Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning Cover Image
Barracoon: The Story of the Last
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America Cover Image
The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir Cover Image
At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America Cover Image
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement Cover Image
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Cover Image
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (ReVisioning American History #3) Cover Image
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War Cover Image
Ctrl + Z: The Right to Be Forgotten Cover Image

“We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.”

-Thurgood Marshall

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 5: The Ethics of Dissent July 22nd - 28th

If dissent is the “highest form of patriotism,” at what point does dissent become harmful subversion? How does the First Amendment color the American debate on this subject, and what about other countries where these protections are nonexistent or less explicit? Is violence ever justified, and, if so, at what cost? In this week, we’ll examine the obligations of active citizens and cultural critics, look at the role dissent has played in the development of democracy and a muscular civic dialogue, and consider how dissent has changed — in the forms it takes, how it is responded to, and the rules by which society allows or prohibits it.

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

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement Cover Image
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Cover Image
Dissent and the Supreme Court: Its Role in the Court's History and the Nation's Constitutional Dialogue Cover Image
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower Cover Image
How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation Cover Image
Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story Cover Image
Age of Anger: A History of the Present Cover Image
The Little Book of Little Activists Cover Image

“If circumstances should make it impossible (temporarily, I hope) for me to be a Russian writer, perhaps I shall be able, like the Pole Joseph Conrad, to become for a time an English writer... "

-Yevgeny Zamyatin, in a letter to Stalin

Explore the works of Russian writers for CHQ's Week 4: Russia and the West

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: (50th Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other STories (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
The Beauties: Essential Stories (Pushkin Collection) Cover Image
The Big Green Tent: A Novel Cover Image
Forty Rooms Cover Image
Three Simple Men: And Other Holy Folktales Cover Image
Happy Moscow Cover Image
Buddha's Little Finger Cover Image

"The present generation sees everything clearly, it is amazed and laughs at the folly of its ancestors...and self-confidently enters on a fresh set of errors at which their descendants will laugh again later on.”

-Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 4: Russia and the West July 15th - 21st

A quarter-century has passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union — and the promise of new relationship with the West — yet we find ourselves at what some consider the brink of a new Cold War. What has happened to damage relations between Russia and the West over 25 years, how have power dynamics changed in the age of digital and information warfare, and what must we understand about the recent history of Vladimir Putin’s Russia and its relationship with the West and the world? Building upon the work of the Chautauqua Conferences on U.S.-Soviet Relations of the 1980s and 1990s, we reaffirm our need for a deeper cultural understanding of Russia, its history and its people.

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


Who Lost Russia?: How the World Entered a New Cold War Cover Image
Living in . . . Russia (Living in...) Cover Image
Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump Cover Image
Lenin on the Train Cover Image
The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America Cover Image
Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire Cover Image
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia Cover Image
The Golden Treasure Trove of the Russian Museum Cover Image

"It is a happy talent to know how to play. Some men must always work if they would be respectable; for the moment they trifle, they are silly. Others show most talent when they trifle."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 3: The Art of Play July 8th - 14th

Play is critically important in the social and emotional development of a child, but research also tells us that play shouldn’t end when we grow up. This week, we take a multigenerational approach to play, to the act of instructive fun. How does play help people of all ages build community, keep our minds sharp and strengthen the relationships with those we love? From the free-spirited, free-form play of youth to the intellectual challenge of puzzles and games to the creative problem-solving exhibited in board rooms, we examine the science behind the importance of play, the changing culture of play and gaming, and the innovative work aimed at improving our personal and professional lives through play.

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


Children at Play: An American History Cover Image
Outside the Lines, Too: An Inspired and Inventive Coloring Book by Creative Masterminds Cover Image
Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life Cover Image
Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World Cover Image
Wreck This Journal (Paper bag) Expanded Ed. Cover Image
The Encyclopedia of Immaturity: How to Never Grow Up: The Complete Guide Cover Image
101 Things for Kids to Do Outside Cover Image
The Snowy Day: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image

“American history is a quagmire, and the more one knows, the quaggier the mire gets.”

-Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 2: American Identity July 1st - 7th

Who are we as Americans? Everyone has their own definition of the American identity, and most agree it’s being lost. A recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 71 percent of Americans feel the United States is losing its national identity — that is, the beliefs and values the country represents. During this week, we reach across the aisles of both politics and faith. We examine how we’ve defined American identity throughout our history and the stories we’ve told to shape that identity; the political, economic and social factors that shape our contemporary definitions; and what these different national identities — at times in conflict with one another — mean for our democracy and the prosperity of all Americans. We’ll consider whether a new foundation of American identity is necessary — or even possible.

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


Real American: A Memoir Cover Image
America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World Cover Image
#notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women Cover Image
It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art Cover Image
A People's History of the United States Cover Image
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America Cover Image
Americanah Cover Image
How Artists See America: East South Midwest West Cover Image

"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."

-Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 1: The Life of the Written Word June 24th - 30th

Language is a living and dynamic thing, passed along through writing. Words and the act of writing can erase or reclaim history, identity. We write to communicate our truths, and we read to understand, to gain new perspectives, new knowledge, and new empathy. For these reasons, the literary arts find themselves at the forefront of cultural, political, and artistic conversations in the U.S. and around the world. As the line between writer and reader is blurred, we recognize that human beings are storytellers as well as story readers. In this weeklong festival, Chautauqua builds upon its traditions as a literary community, and we hold up the power of language and pledge to be responsible stewards of that power.

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

The Word Collector Cover Image
The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture Cover Image
Remarkable Books: The World's Most Beautiful and Historic Works Cover Image
Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing Cover Image