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PO Box 1019
32 Clark Avenue at Janes Avenue
Chautauqua, NY 14722
(716) 581-3212 (year-round cell phone)

 Room Reservations for 2021 

Pay for your room reservation via credit card.

Please read the following instructions carefully before filling out the reservation form below.

The 2021 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.

Cancellation Policy:

  • 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”



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Please indicate your preference for room arrangement. We will do our best to accommodate your request, but that is not guaranteed. *


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To help us serve you, please answer the following questions:

Two-week requests are considered after all one-week requests are filled. If you are requesting a 2-week stay, which week would be your first choice if we are only able to accommodate you for one week?

Which is more important to you, your preferred House and type of room or your preferred week? *

Is your bed or room preference a “must” or a “wish”? For example, if your preference is for 2 single beds, would you consider a double or queen bed if necessary? *

If you are traveling with others who are on their own reservation form, please list their names so that we can make sure to book your rooms in the same week.

Are you a member of the Disciples of Christ denomination?

Are you a member of another church, synagogue, mosque, or religious/spiritual organization?

If yes to either question, please tell us the name of the church/congregation/spiritual organization. 

I am a member of the clergy.

Thank you for your reservation request. We will contact you shortly.

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2021 Chautauqua Season Lecture Themes
All titles and descriptions are subject to change.

Week One: June 26 - July 3, 2021         

China and the World: Collaboration, Competition, Confrontation? 

  • Under President Xi Jinping's rule, the world's most populous country has been working toward fulfilling the "China Dream" of global leadership, positioning itself inside a "superpower marathon" with the United States. Now, amid a trade war, the arrival of COVID-19 has been met with harsh rhetoric from both sides, further straining U.S.-China relations.

  • In this week of geopolitics, economics, and cultural exploration, we consider China's role in the world after COVID-19 and whether it emerges stronger or weaker politically and economically. How is it leveraging the pandemic in its recovery and in its efforts to overtake the U.S. as the global leader in technology, and how is the U.S. responding? Is China an unstoppable force or has it already peaked?   

Week Two: July 3 - 10, 2021              

New Frontiers: Exploring Today's Unknowns

  • There is so much left to explore and discover - and the more humans explore, the more we learn how much remains undiscovered. We consider these new frontiers in science, health, technology, the environment, and look to where new insights are being gained every day.

  • In this week, we welcome the new explorers, the next generation of innovators, to learn what work they're doing on the cutting edge of these fields, exploring the extraordinary and making the unknown, known. 

Week Three: July 10 - 17, 2021          

Trust, Society and Democracy

  • Recent work from the Pew Research Center indicates a troubling trend: a growing distrust in the public's political wisdom when it comes to democratic decisions. This idea - that we no longer trust even trust each other - is a relatively new phenomenon, and reflects a larger picture of distrust in institutions across the board.

  • How can trust be restored, and what is the role of healthy skepticism? What do we do with institutions that society has declared broken, what must institutions do to rebuild trust with those they serve, and how can we work to regain trust with one another

Week Four: July 17 - 24, 2021        

Many Americas: Navigating Our Divides

  • We are many Americas. We are many geographies, many economies, many cultures, many beliefs. We are a nation of differences and divides, and in a summer following a presidential election and a devastating pandemic that has thrown those divides into stark relief, we look to better understand those many Americas, the barriers - real or perceived - that keep us apart, and together consider how we navigate our differences in charting a future for our nation. 

Week Five: July 24 — 31, 2021           

The Authentic Comedic Voice: A Week in Partnership with the National Comedy Center

  • The art of comedy is deeply personal, requiring artists and creators to tap into their own experience to hone a unique, resonant and authentic voice.

  • In this week, we examine how comedians working in an array of genres, media and styles have found their voices, developed their voices, and mobilized their voices to communicate with audiences in impactful - and entertaining - ways. 

Week Six: July 31 - August 7, 2021

Building a Culture of Empathy

  • Creating understanding and compassion, empathy is critical in navigating our world and building community. Empathy might have a reputation associated with emotionality or sentimentality, but what does it look like in action, from improving health care via the doctor-patient relationship and fostering strong childhood development to implementing effective public policy and leading through times of crises?

  • Instilling and normalizing empathy has the potential to help us connect across our most polarizing differences and survive our most tragic times, so how can we work together to build a lasting culture of empathy?  

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 reflect on a revealing, historic period by lifting 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.