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The Chautauqua Experience in Summer

Founded in 1874, the Chautauqua Institution is a celebration of art, history and culture. Join us for classes, lectures and performances, all in a uniquely American lakeside village.
Rating (5)
Program No. 20581RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,099
New York

The Chautauqua Experience in Summer

Founded in 1874, the Chautauqua Institution is a celebration of art, history and culture. Join us for classes, lectures and performances, all in a uniquely American lakeside village.
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,099
Length
7 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
2,099
Program No. 20581RJ

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DATES & PRICES

Gate Pass No shuttle Shuttle
Accommodation Details

Participants ages 90 and above receive a free gate pass at the Chautauqua Institution.

Accommodation Details

Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Jun 25 - Jul 1, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,099
No transfer 2,799
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,899
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua Theme is On Friendship. How has friendship evolved over time and generations, and how can we tend to and nurture the ties that bind us?

Jul 2 - Jul 8, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,099
No transfer 2,799
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,899
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is Games: A celebration of Our Most Human Pastime. From sports to puzzles, brain teasers to board games, this week we explore our capacity for self-created delight and how we rise to the surmountable challenges of our own making.

Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,099
No transfer 2,799
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,899
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is Can the Center Hold? — A Question for Our Moment. The center is many things, but is it foundational to a functioning society, or a construct that too often holds us back from progress and change? Does losing the center give way to extremism? In this week we consider who and what defines the center of society and why — or if — the center should be preserved.

Jul 16 - Jul 22, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,099
No transfer 2,799
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,899
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is The State of Believing. What can science, religion, public opinion and politics teach us about the nature of what we believe, and why we believe it? In this week, we confront some of the hardest questions about ourselves, each other, and the world we must live in together.

Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,099
No transfer 2,799
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,899
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is Infrastructure: Building and Maintaining the Physical, Social and Civic Underpinnings of Society. We’ll discuss the usual — the planes, trains and automobiles of our youthful fascinations, as well as roads, bridges, utilities and the like — but also ask whether our definition of “infrastructure” needs to be expanded. And what does the infrastructure of the future look like, and which places are leading the way (and how?)?

Jul 30 - Aug 5, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,199
No transfer 2,799
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,899
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is A Life of Literature. Steeped in Chautauqua’s 150-year literary tradition, this week we explore the life of literature and how the literature of tomorrow is being shaped today.

Aug 6 - Aug 12, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,099
No transfer 2,799
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,899
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is The National Parks: How America’s ‘Best Idea’ is Meeting 21st-Century Challenges. From addressing conservation issues to stewarding our cultural and natural histories, how are national parks — and, in turn, we as citizens — modeling how to meet the challenges of our times? Most importantly, how can the national parks rise to the call to make public lands truly accessible to all Americans?

Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,099
No transfer 2,799
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,899
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is Exploring the Transformative Power of Music with Renée Fleming. Celebrated and beloved the world over, soprano Renée Fleming will join us for part of a special week of lectures and performances dedicated to the force music has in our lives. We look beyond classical music, to the genres of gospel, folk, hip-hop and pop, to examine the power of music to motivate and carry social movements, and enrich our lives in ways innumerate. Music can do more than inspire, soothe and heal — it can transform.

Aug 20 - Aug 26, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,099
No transfer 2,799
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,899
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is he Global South: Expanding the Scope of Geopolitical Understanding. A new geopolitical shorthand has emerged in recent years: The Global North and the Global South have replaced old constructs of East and West, third-world and first-world. We examine how interconnected global interests truly are, and present a renewed focus on this often-overlooked geopolitical collective. We will also celebrate in a festival atmosphere the culture and history of the Global South through unique food and artistic offerings.

DATES & PRICES

Gate Pass No shuttle Shuttle
Accommodation Details

Participants ages 90 and above receive a free gate pass at the Chautauqua Institution.

Accommodation Details

Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Jun 25 - Jul 1, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,349
No transfer 3,059
Roundtrip airport transfer 3,159
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua Theme is On Friendship. How has friendship evolved over time and generations, and how can we tend to and nurture the ties that bind us?

Jul 2 - Jul 8, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,349
No transfer 3,059
Roundtrip airport transfer 3,159
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is Games: A celebration of Our Most Human Pastime. From sports to puzzles, brain teasers to board games, this week we explore our capacity for self-created delight and how we rise to the surmountable challenges of our own making.

Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,349
No transfer 3,059
Roundtrip airport transfer 3,159
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is Can the Center Hold? — A Question for Our Moment. The center is many things, but is it foundational to a functioning society, or a construct that too often holds us back from progress and change? Does losing the center give way to extremism? In this week we consider who and what defines the center of society and why — or if — the center should be preserved.

Jul 16 - Jul 22, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,349
No transfer 3,059
Roundtrip airport transfer 3,159
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is The State of Believing. What can science, religion, public opinion and politics teach us about the nature of what we believe, and why we believe it? In this week, we confront some of the hardest questions about ourselves, each other, and the world we must live in together.

Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,349
No transfer 3,059
Roundtrip airport transfer 3,159
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is Infrastructure: Building and Maintaining the Physical, Social and Civic Underpinnings of Society. We’ll discuss the usual — the planes, trains and automobiles of our youthful fascinations, as well as roads, bridges, utilities and the like — but also ask whether our definition of “infrastructure” needs to be expanded. And what does the infrastructure of the future look like, and which places are leading the way (and how?)?

Jul 30 - Aug 5, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,449
No transfer 3,059
Roundtrip airport transfer 3,159
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is A Life of Literature. Steeped in Chautauqua’s 150-year literary tradition, this week we explore the life of literature and how the literature of tomorrow is being shaped today.

Aug 6 - Aug 12, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,349
No transfer 3,059
Roundtrip airport transfer 3,159
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is The National Parks: How America’s ‘Best Idea’ is Meeting 21st-Century Challenges. From addressing conservation issues to stewarding our cultural and natural histories, how are national parks — and, in turn, we as citizens — modeling how to meet the challenges of our times? Most importantly, how can the national parks rise to the call to make public lands truly accessible to all Americans?

Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,349
No transfer 3,059
Roundtrip airport transfer 3,159
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is Exploring the Transformative Power of Music with Renée Fleming. Celebrated and beloved the world over, soprano Renée Fleming will join us for part of a special week of lectures and performances dedicated to the force music has in our lives. We look beyond classical music, to the genres of gospel, folk, hip-hop and pop, to examine the power of music to motivate and carry social movements, and enrich our lives in ways innumerate. Music can do more than inspire, soothe and heal — it can transform.

Aug 20 - Aug 26, 2023
Free Gate Pass 2,349
No transfer 3,059
Roundtrip airport transfer 3,159
Itinerary Note

This week's Chautauqua theme is he Global South: Expanding the Scope of Geopolitical Understanding. A new geopolitical shorthand has emerged in recent years: The Global North and the Global South have replaced old constructs of East and West, third-world and first-world. We examine how interconnected global interests truly are, and present a renewed focus on this often-overlooked geopolitical collective. We will also celebrate in a festival atmosphere the culture and history of the Global South through unique food and artistic offerings.

At a Glance

Chautauqua is a unique institution due to the confluence of people and performers, viewpoints and cultures, art forms, theories and theologies. Summer programs focus on a mix of timeless and contemporary topics throughout the week, such as art, music, literature, nature, history, politics, law and religions. Come and learn for yourself why the Chautauqua experience is so very special.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile on uneven terrain.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Hear from notable experts during morning classes exclusively for our Road Scholar group.
  • Your tuition includes a Chautauqua gate ticket admitting you to Amphitheater lectures featuring world-class speakers plus numerous options each day for recitals, talks, nature walks and much more.
  • Each evening offers a dazzling array of entertainment events.

General Notes

Please check back in January for a list of the upcoming year’s themes. A discounted option is available for participants age 90 or older. Please call for details. To book any additional nights, please contact reservations at the Athenaeum Hotel 800-821-1881 or 716-357-4444. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Ten Lessons for a Post Pandemic World
by Fareed Zakaria
Ledger
by Jane Hirshfield
Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal
by George Packer





Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.