Chautauqua Mirror Project

Chautauqua Institution has a history of convening conversations and dialogue, with the African American Heritage House at Chautauqua hosting some of the most dynamic and important conversations about race on the grounds. The Institution and the AAHH have partnered since the summer of 2020 on the Mirror Project to spur year-around community discussions, reflections and engagement on race, racism and anti-racism. The project has grown to include an ongoing reading circle where community members are encouraged to read books, convene in discussions, and consider what part each of us can play in creating a more just and equitable society. 

Past Events

Fall 2022–Spring 2023

Fall 2021–Spring 2022


The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee
More information about the author and the book is available here.

Environmental Justice
Participants read the following two articles in advance of the discussion to better understand the connections between environmental and racial justice.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
More information about the author and the book is available here.


On Reparations
Participants read the following articles in advance of the discussion.

Housing Policy/Reform
Participants viewed this lecture by Andre Perry in advance of the discussion. Dr. Perry is the author of the new book Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities. The lecture is available on CHQ Assembly and has temporarily been switched to open access for this discussion (i.e., a subscription is not required for this lecture).