Chautauqua Institution Music Festival

Chautauqua Institution Music Festival

Thursday, Jul 9, 2020 at 9:15am


Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Forces that Shape Our Daily Lives: The Contemporary Search for Spirituality

The recent studies are countless: organized mainstream religion is on the decline, and we have an emerging class of “nones,” referring to those who assign themselves to no faith tradition at all. But other assessments tell us that while many don’t identify with a mainstream religion, many more are indeed on a journey seeking spirituality and meaning. In this week we look at the evolution of modern faith traditions and ask: How might the “nones” unite with the mainstream to shape a better future?


9:15am The Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon

The Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon is the Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.

Location: Amphitheater

10:45am Joan Donovan

Joan Donovan is director and lead researcher of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

Location: Amphitheater

2:00pm Gretta Vosper

Gretta Vosper has served West Hill United Church in Toronto for over two decades, supporting its transition to becoming a theologically non-exclusive community, the first of its kind within traditional Christianity.

Location: Hall of Philosophy

3:30pm Monica Sok, CLSC Author, A Nail the Evening Hangs On

In her debut collection, Monica Sok uses poetry to reshape a family's memory about the Khmer Rouge regime—memory that is both real and imagined—according to a child of refugees.

Location: Hall of Philosophy
4:00pm Chautauqua Theater Company: Sense and Sensibility

Is there such a thing as a second chance for love? Kate Hamill’s fresh adaptation captures Austen’s whimsical wit and dynamic ensemble storytelling springs the novel to life on the Bratton stage.

Location: Bratton Theater

4:00pm Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Alexander Kobrin in Recital

Called the “Van Cliburn of today” by the BBC, Alexander Kobrin is at the forefront of today’s performing musicians.

Location: Lenna Hall

8:15pm Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: Conductor Gemma New with soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer

Gemma New, conductor; Wendy Bryn Harmer, soprano | Repertoire: Samuel Barber: Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, op. 23a...

Location: Amphitheater

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