CHAUTAUQUA ASSOCIATION OF DISCIPLES OF CHRIST
PO Box 1019
32 Clark Avenue at Janes Avenue
Chautauqua, NY 14722
(716) 581-3212 (year-round cell phone)
Room Reservations for 2021
Please read the following instructions carefully before filling out the reservation form below.
The 2021 and 2022 Lecture Themes are listed underneath the Request for Reservation Form below.
Headquarters House (the house facing the Amphitheater) has four guest rooms on the 2nd floor and seven guest rooms on the 3rd floor. Each guest room has a small vanity sink with a cabinet beneath. Bed linens and towels are provided. There is no elevator. All guest rooms are accessible only by stairs.
Graybiel House has 17 air-conditioned guest rooms. Graybiel is a four-story house, and all floors are served by an elevator. Graybiel House is fully handicap accessible. Each guest room has a small vanity sink. There are shared shower and toilet facilities on each floor. Bed linens and towels are provided.
All guests must be fully able to function independently or with minimal assistance provided by an accompanying caregiver. In other words, all guests must be able to perform the Six Activities of Daily Living—eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring (walking), and continence. We are not able to provide assistance for basic needs care.
Only room fees are refundable. Annual membership fees are not refundable.
Cancellation 6 weeks before the start date of your reservation - Full refund less 10%
Cancellation 3 weeks before the start date of your reservation - Full refund less 50% - If we are able to rent your room, then full refund less 10%
Cancellation 2 weeks before the start date of your reservation - No refund - If we are able to rent your room, then full refund less 10%
Please fill out the Request for Reservation Form below and click “Submit”
REQUEST FOR RESERVATION
2021 SUMMER SEASON
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2021 Chautauqua Season Lecture Themes
Weeks 7 - 9
All titles and descriptions are subject to change.
Week Seven: August 7 - 14, 2021
The State of the Economy: Where Do We Go From Here?
What drives the rebuilding of the economy in the wake of COVID-19? In the summer of 2021 - a year and a half after the pandemic plunged the U.S. into recession - we examine the state of "recovery" from Main Street to Wall Street; what has been lost and what has thrived; and what the crisis has laid bare in terms of necessary investments and structural reforms. How do we make our economy more resilient?
During this week we consider what building a new economy can and should look like, beyond high employment and growing businesses. Do we want an economy that looks like the one we had on January 1, 2020, or one that is more just in the distribution of wealth? What will we have learned during the months following the re-opening of the economy, and what are we learning from the approaches of other nations? What - and who - have we deemed essential in this new and evolving economy?
Week Eight: August 14 - 21, 2021
The Human Brain: Our Greatest Mystery
Neurophysiologist and Nobel Laureate David Hubel once asked, "Can the brain understand the brain? Can it understand the mind? Is it a giant computer ... or something more?"
In this week, we explore the folds and recesses of this distinctly human mystery, bringing together neuroscientists and psychologists to chart a path through the enigma of our consciousness, through the impacts of trauma and stress on our health, through the gray matter and the white matter, neurons and synapses, the wiring that embodies our cognition, that sparks our selves.
Week Nine: August 21 - 29, 2021
What drives people to keep going when forces outside their control work against them? And what does that tell us about our humanity and hope for the future? We close our 2021 season looking at the resilience that emerged during a tumultuous 2020. From a global pandemic to the quest for racial equality, we lift up the stories and the lessons of those who refused to give up, give in or go away.
Week Nine also welcomes the return of the Chautauqua Food Festival.
2022 Chautauqua Season Lecture Themes
All titles and descriptions are subject to change.
Week One: June 25 - July 2, 2022
What Should Be America's Role in the World?
In the summer of 2022, more than a year into President Joe Biden's administration, we offer a "check-in" on the state of U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, while looking historically to America's role in the world. What is the current state of international relations, and what role is the United States playing on the global stage? How can our position be strengthened, and how in this century have our allies' and enemies' views of us changed? Exceptionalism, isolation, cooperation - what is the best path forward for our nation and our world?
Week Two: July 3 - 9, 2022
The Wild: Reconnecting with Our Natural World
Since the middle of the 20th century, study after study suggests that humans have become more and more disconnected from the nature surrounding us. What are the human costs of our increasing alienation from nature, both for the individual and society? In this week we examine how this disconnect has come about, from urbanization and sprawl to our work and school lives, to the rise of digital communications. Are we in greater need of nature than ever before? What are the physical and mental health benefits we find through reconnection? We'll consider various movements in art, architecture, education, faith, and urban planning that aim to reconnect us to our natural world.
Week Three: July 10 - 16, 2022
The Future of Human Rights
Human rights have long been held as foundational, moral principles protected by national and international law. In this week, Chautauqua looks to the future of human rights both abroad and at home. Great strides have been made across the globe in the more than 70 years since the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights; indeed, human rights have become central to the conversation regarding peace, security and development, and more explicit protections in international law now protect women, children, victims of torture and many other populations. There is much to be celebrated, and still much to be accomplished. What work must still be done in this critical global field, central to our ethics and morality as a human species? What newly recognized rights will shape this work going forward?
Week Four: July 17 - 23, 2022
The Future of History
We live our lives swimming in a vast sea of information; what will wash up on the future's shores and be deemed our history? When data is stored in the cloud rather than compiled in physical files, when we send emails and tweets rather than letters, how do the records of today become primary sources tomorrow? There are more ways to record history than ever before, but how can those records live in a useful way for the historians of the future - or, with everyone having the technology, and thus the capability, to be their own historian, their own librarian, will a need to study history as a formal vocation even exist? Beyond the logistics of such questions, broader issues are at play: Who are the gatekeepers of our stories, and who do we trust to be stewards of our lives and memories?
Week Five: July 24 — 30, 2022
The Vote and Democracy
In the first few months of 2021, hundreds of bills have been introduced in state legislatures aimed at restricting, expanding and protecting voting access for millions of Americans. Following the 2020 election, what is the state of the American franchise? Is our system truly one person, one vote, and how can we ensure that every eligible voter has access to the polls, and that the vote is trustworthy and secure - particularly from the threat of foreign intervention? We'll also examine what distinguishes America's elections, especially the state-by-state approach to navigating and employing systems of voting, and carrying out mandatory redistricting following the 2020 census.
Week Six: July 31 - August 6, 2022
After Dark: The World of Nighttime
What happens to us and our world after the sun goes down each day? From our homes and cities to flora and fauna, each night brings with it a markedly different landscape than the daylight one that preceded it. Nighttime is full of contradictions: It provides cover for all manner of illicit activity but also for safely creating community; it is the domain of both heroes and villains in our favorite cultural touchstones; it is a period many of us spend largely unconscious yet during which our brains are ablaze with creative energy; it engenders paralyzing fear and also incredible beauty. It's a critical period every day for our economies, including for nightshift workers, and provides essential protection and opportunities for many in the animal kingdom. In the summer of 2022, we look to understand the mysteries of nighttime and, through a variety of other programs on the grounds this week, celebrate the possibilities of Chautauqua after dark.
Week Seven: August 7 - 13, 2022
More than Shelter: Redefining the American Home
What is the 21st-century American home? Home ownership has long been considered part and parcel of the American Dream, but trends are rapidly shifting: More and more homes are multi-generational, rentals are up and home ownership is down, and gentrification persists while the nation's unhoused population is increasing. We are also redefining the idea of "home" - it can be a house, an apartment, a tiny home, a trailer, an RV - and this redefinition in many ways is driven by forces both in and out of our control. How can urban planning, banking practices, and local policies move the needle in creating a sustainable market in which everyone is able to have a home of one's own and of one's choosing?
Week Eight: August 14 - 20, 2022
New Profiles in Courage
It's been more than 60 years since then-Senator John F. Kennedy published Profiles in Courage, a collection of short biographies detailing acts of bravery and integrity. The book went on to win a Pulitzer Prize, the John F. Kennedy Award is still awarded every year. Now, two decades into the 21st century, who are these people creating new profiles in courage the leaders demonstrating bravery and integrity in ways that Kennedy could not have imagined? Over the course of the week, we lift up these people and their work, with the hope that their stories will inspire all of us to be our best selves.
Week Nine: August 21 - 27, 2022
An American Tapestry: Exploring Culture, Folk and Faith with Smithsonian Folklife and The Avett Brothers
There is no one story, no single author of our identity or single tradition that defines us. A great blending of cultures and peoples has made and shaped America, like a tapestry with its many hues, textures and layers woven together. In this week, we welcome a diverse line-up of multi-disciplinary folk artists, including The Avett Brothers for morning and evening Amphitheater programs, and Smithsonian Floklife to help guide our work in the Interfaith Lecture Series. Together, we'll trace the threads of the American tapestry in search of the origins, evolution and impact of our country's music and culture.