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2020 Themes and Programming
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Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.
Morning Lecture: Bird Runningwater, director, Sundance Ins..    Amphitheater
Morning Lecture: Bird Runningwater, director, Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program:: Bird Runningwater serves as the director of Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program, overseeing the Native Filmmakers Lab, the Native Producers Fellowship, the Sundance Film Festival’s Native Forum, the Full Circle Initiative and was recently appointed to co-lead the Institute’s Outreach and Inclusion work across all programs. Under Runningwater’s tenure, 140 different Indigenous filmmakers have been mentored and supported through Sundance, and more than 110 films written, directed and produced by Indigenous filmmakers have been curated by Runningwater to premiere at Sundance Film Festival. Runningwater currently serves on the Comcast/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council and on the Board of Directors of the First Peoples Fund; he is also a past member of the Board of Jurors for the George Foster Peabody Awards, and has served on competition juries for film festivals around the world. In Time magazine’s 2019 Optimist Issue, he was listed among “12 Leaders Who Are Shaping the Next Generation of Artists,” and he is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s National Fellowship in Public Policy and International Affairs. Before joining Sundance Institute, Runningwater served as executive director of the Fund of the Four Directions, and as program associate in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts, and Culture Program. A citizen of the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache Tribes, he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with degrees in journalism and Native American Studies, and he received his Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.
Morning Lecture: Ariana A. Curtis, curator, Latinx Studies..    Amphitheater
Morning Lecture: Ariana A. Curtis, curator, Latinx Studies, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture:: Ariana A. Curtis is the first curator of Latinx Studies at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She is responsible for museum research and collections related to: U.S. Latinx, U.S. Afro-Latinx, African American & Latinx, African Diaspora, and African American migration to and engagement in Latin America. Additionally, Curtis serves on multiple committees for the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. Among her many conference presentations and keynote addresses, Ariana has spoken at SXSW, Ted Women 2018, Afro-Latin Talks, and Politico Women Rule. She has published in The Public Historian, the anthology Pan African Spaces: Essays in Black Transnationalism, and contributed to a forthcoming women’s history book from Smithsonian Books. Previously, Curtis was curator of Latino Studies at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. In addition to leading Latinx-centered public programming, she curated two bilingual exhibitions: “Gateways/Portales,” which received honorable mention in the 2017 Smithsonian Excellence in Exhibition Awards and “Bridging the Americas,” which was exhibited both in Washington, D.C. and in Panama City, Panama. She also organized Revisiting Our Black Mosaic, a 2014 symposium about race and immigration in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Curtis is a Fulbright scholar with a doctorate in anthropology (race, gender, and social justice) from American University, a masters in public anthropology from American University, and a bachelor’s from Duke University.
Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.
Morning Lecture: Wynton Marsalis, managing and artistic di..    Amphitheater
Wynton Marsalis Managing and artistic director, Jazz at Lincoln Center World-renowned trumpeter and composer 10:45 a.m. Monday, August 19 & Friday, August 23, 2019 Wynton Marsalis returns to Chautauqua to open and close a week on "Exploring Race and Culture in America with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center." Through a Monday morning lecture, performances with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra throughout the week — including the second-ever performance of The Ever Fonky Lowdown — and a Friday morning Amphitheater conversation, Marsalis will convey his hopes, concerns, and insights about contemporary culture and society through a historically informed lens. An internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture, at 17, Marsalis became the youngest musician ever to be admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. Since then, he attended Juilliard, performed 120 concerts a year for 15 consecutive years, produced more than 80 records and won nine Grammy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards and an Emmy Award. He is also the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. In 1987, Marsalis co-founded the jazz program at Lincoln Center. Today, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents rich and diverse programming that includes concerts, debates, film forums, dances, television and radio broadcasts and educational activities. Marsalis has been the recipient of countless honors around the world, including the Netherlands’ Edison Award, the Grand Prix Du Disque of France, and honorary membership to England’s Royal Academy of Music. The French Ministry of Culture appointed Marsalis to the rank of Knight in the Order of Arts and Literature. He also received France’s highest distinction, the insignia Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. In the United States, he has received a National Medal of the Arts, the Louis Armstrong Memorial Medal, the Frederick Douglass Medallion from the New York Urban League and an Arts Education Award from the American Arts Council. In 2001 was appointed as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Marsalis has received nearly three dozen honorary degrees and awards from colleges and universities across the country, most recently the President’s Award at Hunter College in 2014.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge    Amphitheater
Pat Benatar’s staggering vocals and take-no-prisoners attitude, along with Neil Giraldo’s trailblazing artistry as a guitarist, producer and songwriter, forged the undeniable chemistry and unique sound that created some of rock’s most memorable hits including “We Belong,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” “Promises In The Dark” and “We Live For Love.” Together Benatar and Giraldo have created two multi-platinum albums, five platinum albums and three gold albums, as well as 19 Top 40 hits. They have sold over 30 million records worldwide and have won four consecutive Grammy awards. Benatar and Giraldo have been married since 1982, and this summer they will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their musical career. Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great female icons. Her critically acclaimed eponymous debut album was certified double-platinum. Etheridge’s popularity grew around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy” for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal. Her fourth album, Yes I Am, brought her a second Grammy and featured one of her biggest hit songs, “I’m the Only One.” This six-time platinum album spent more than two and a half years on the charts. Etheridge’s latest release was 2016’s Memphis Rock and Soul, and she is ready to rock the Amphitheater and help Chautauqua celebrate summer on this season’s closing night of popular entertainment. https://www.benatargiraldo.com/ https://www.melissaetheridge.com/ https://youtu.be/WlKUArDGXoY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDpJRI7CocU
Children's Organ Encounter    Amphitheater

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