“Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.”

-Zadie Smith, White Teeth

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 9: Documentary Film as Facilitator: Storytelling, Influence, and Civil Discourse August 19th-25th

With crowdsourcing, social media campaigns and new distribution channels, films aimed at effecting social and cultural change have found audiences unlike any time in the history of the art form. But how do we measure the impact of such films — from changing minds to changing policy? To close the 2018 season, filmmakers and film lovers gather for a weeklong festival featuring screenings and conversations in venues throughout the grounds, all alongside the Institution’s renowned lecture and arts programs. We consider the filmmaker’s role and intentions as artist, storyteller, journalist, advocate and activist; the business decisions that influence the distribution and marketing campaigns behind such films; and the effectiveness of films to create empathy — and prompt action — in its audiences.

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

The Tunnel at the End of the Light: Essays on Movies and Politics Cover Image
America on Film: Modernism, Documentary, and a Changing America Cover Image
On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director Cover Image
The Independent Filmmaker's Guide: Make Your Feature Film for $2 000 (Quick Guide) Cover Image
Everything You Need to Know about Social Media: Without Having to Call A Kid Cover Image
In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God Cover Image
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
Master Shots Vol 1, 2nd Edition: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low Budget Movie Cover Image

“I've not heard the world the way you do for a long time now.”

― Kao Kalia Yang, The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 7: The Arts and Global Understanding August 5th - 11th

Art can create a culture; it can cross borders; it can sing of possibility. In this week of performances, lectures and workshops led and influenced by the work of The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, we focus on the role of art — particularly music — in a culture, with an eye toward cross-cultural collaboration and global understanding. We explore and celebrate cultures different than our own; we examine critically the path of good intentions leading from cultural tourism to cultural appropriation; and we look for ways that earnest understanding and a shared loved of our art and each other can perhaps change the world.

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


Why Translation Matters Cover Image
David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music Cover Image
Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature Cover Image
Art Song: Linking Poetry and Music Cover Image
Echo Cover Image
Station Eleven Cover Image
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Cover Image
Jazz In The Bittersweet Blues Of Life Cover Image

“'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

"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
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