Week One: June 22–29, 2024
Every summer Chautauqua Institution welcomes over 100,000 visitors, to celebrate community and prioritize personal growth. Many travel here to relax, renew and recharge on the shores of Chautauqua Lake. Join us for our historic 150 anniversary season and see for yourself why Chautauqua was, and continues to be, a cherished destination. Keep scrolling to explore Week One’s Theme: The Evolution of the Modern Presidency.
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Chautauqua Lecture Series
The Evolution of the Modern Presidency
Like the world around it, the United States has undergone profound transformation since its founding. Has the office of the American presidency been similarly transformed since its conception in 1789? Shifting and increasing partisanship, coupled with growing responsibilities and consolidated power of the Executive Branch, prompt us this week to situate ourselves in the texts defining the creation of the American presidency. We will trace our history to learn what and whom have complicated those original concepts, how they evolved, and whether a new way of thinking about the presidency should be considered.
Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham returns to the Chautauqua Lecture Series to open the week and, more importantly, to launch Chautauqua’s 2024 Summer Assembly Season and the celebration of the Institution’s 150th anniversary, on Monday, June 24, 2024. Andrew H. Card Jr., the White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, is the second-longest tenured White House Chief of Staff and has served in senior government roles under three U.S. Presidents; on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, he will share how he’s seen the presidency change in his career and lifetime, trace shifts in how Congress interacts with the Executive Branch, and consider how we might think differently about the presidency going forward. On Thursday, June 27, 2024, Melody Barnes, the executive director of Karsh Institute of Democracy at the University of Virginia and an alum of President Barack Obama’s administration, will offer her insights into how the power and authority vested in the presidency and executive branch touch the everyday lives of Americans.
Interfaith Lecture Series
Race and the American Religious Experience
Race remains a primary dividing line in American society. Religious practice can serve to reinforce those divisions, or to break them down and unite people around shared commitments. How does race intersect with American religious experience across traditions individually and at both the communal and the institutional level? What can we learn about religion through a lens focused on racial inequity, and what can we learn about the construction of race from an examination of religious history and sociology? What insights can religion offer for racial reconciliation and social transformation?
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Explore Performing and Visual Arts
The arts can sometimes bridge differences and illuminate perspectives as no other method can. Artistic expressions at Chautauqua — including professional and pre-professional offerings in classical and contemporary music, theater, opera, dance, visual arts and literary arts — aim to inspire, educate, entertain and engage a diverse and growing audience.
Places to Stay
If you love the events you see in Week One, ensure you have accommodations. Space on the ground is limited, and accommodations go fast find reservations at the Hotel or Private Accommodations.
Dining & Shopping
Make your Chautauqua experience memorable! Share a delicious meal at one of our many restaurants. Or take piece of Chautauqua home with you from our unique shops.