2023 Week Eight: Freedom of Expression, Imagination, and the Resilience of Democracy

August 12–19

Experiments in democratic society are enduring challenge and criticism the world over; yet democracy persists. Despite glaring imperfections that manifest as social unrest, community distress, and political crisis, the democratic ideal remains a beacon of hope and an example of resilience. This week explores the hallmark of democracy — freedom of expression — to better understand and appreciate its role in preserving and advancing democracy. We will also explore imagination as one of the most powerful tools of expression. Interdisciplinary and intergenerational experiences in the arts, religion, education and recreation — Chautauqua’s signature method — will guide us in this weeklong celebration of diverse perspectives and aspirations for what may well be democracy’s most closely held values and privileges.