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Chautauqua lecturers explore Week Eight theme, “Radicalism”

August 15, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CHAUTAUQUA - Individuals and movements that were at one time considered radical, have shaped the course of history in politics, religion, philosophy, arts, literature and technology. Starting on Monday, Aug. 13, Week Eight lectures at Chautauqua Institution address how we define radicalism, its history at home and abroad and how the meaning of radicalism differs throughout the world.

Carlin Romano gives the first morning lecture of the week at 10:45 a.m. in the Amphitheater on Monday. Romano is critic-at-large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, literary critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer and teaches media theory and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lecturing Tuesday, Aug. 14, is president emerita of Bennett College, Julianne Malveaux. Labor economist, noted author and social commentator, Malveaux contributes to public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender and their economic impacts.

Freeman Dyson, professor emeritus of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study gives the lecture on Wednesday.

Stella Rimington takes the Amphitheater stage on Thursday, Aug. 16. Retired director general of the British Security Service MI5, Rimington is also the author of an autobiography, Open Secret, and novels Rip Tide, At Risk, Secret Asset, Illegal Action, Dead Line and Present Danger.

Foreign affairs columnist for Reutors and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, David Rohde gives the morning lecture on Friday.

The Interfaith Lectures Series of Week Eight examines the positives and negatives of radical thinking. Themed, "Radicalism: Burden or Blessing," these afternoon lectures begin at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy.

Monday's afternoon lecturer is Rabbi David Gordis, president emeritus of Hebrew College and professor at the University of Albany.

Tuesday's lecture will be given by Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a movement of interfaith cooperation which enables people of all faiths and traditions to work together to promote the common good for all, with the purpose of proving that the 21st century can ultimately be defined by cooperation between diverse communities instead of conflict.

The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane, D.D. was consecrated the Eighth Bishop of Washington in June, 2002 and served until November, 2011. Named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the 150 most influential leaders in the District of Columbia and recognized by The London Telegraph as one of the 50 most prominent leaders in the world wide Anglican Communion, Chane gives the lecture on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Provost of Claremont Lincoln University and dean of Claremont School of Theology, Philip Clayton lectures on Thursday.

Founding director of The Shalom Center since 1983, Rabbi Arthur Waskow is the last afternoon lecturer of the week, on Friday. Over the years, Waskow has written several books and monographs about U.S. military strategy and disarmament, on race relations and on nonviolence.

Morning lectures are held in the Amphitheater weekdays at 10:45 a.m. Afternoon/Interfaith lectures are held in the Hall of Philosophy weekdays at 2 p.m. Afternoon lecture themes coordinate with the themes of the 10:45 a.m. lectures, but take a different angle of vision.

Day tickets are available for purchase at the Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office on the day of your visit. Morning tickets grant visitors access to the grounds for $18 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For $12, afternoon tickets grant access from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Combined morning/afternoon passes - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. - are $30. For additional ticketing information, visit or call 357-6250.

Chautauqua Institution is a summer community located in southwestern New York State on Chautauqua Lake. It offers a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship, educational programs and recreational activities. Each summer the Institution hosts over 2,200 events and 100,000 guests. For more information please visit,



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