Hall of Philosophy

The Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution was designed by Buffalo architects, Green & Wicks in 1906. During the Chautauqua season, it is used for small lectures, often with question-and-answer sessions. The brick walk leads to Bestor Plaza in one direction and the Ravine in the other.
Interfaith Fridays 2018 Lecture Set
Chautauqua Institution is pleased to offer the inaugural edition of 2018 Interfaith Fridays at Chautauqua on DVD. The set includes nine Interfaith Friday conversations presented during Chautauqua's 2018 season, plus bonus lectures selected by Bishop Gene Robinson to complement the series. Available for purchase at the Chautauqua Bookstore and online at https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/shop/lectures/2018/interfaith-fridays
2020 Themes and Programming
Review the themes and programming for the 2020 Summer Assembly Season at Chautauqua here www.chq.org/2020 or click on the "INFO" button below. It won't be Chautauqua without you.
Interfaith Lecture Series: Jennifer Eberhardt    Hall of Philosophy
Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a 2014 MacArthur “genius” award. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. Author of BIASED: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, she is widely considered one of the world’s leading experts on racial bias. Dr. Eberhardt was one of the first social science researchers to apply her research on implicit bias to law enforcement, and President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing quoted her testimony in its call for implicit bias training at all levels of law enforcement. She is co-founder and co-director of SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions), a Stanford Center that brings together researchers and practitioners to address significant social problems. SPARQ not only addresses social problems in the area of criminal justice, but also in health, education, and business. With SPARQ, Dr. Eberhardt has worked with the Oakland Police Department on improving police-community relations. California’s former Attorney General, Kamala Harris, and the Department of Justice used pilot versions of her trainings on implicit bias to develop a statewide training program for law enforcement officials. She is also part of a federal monitoring team overseeing the New York City Police Department’s reform efforts in the aftermath of a judge’s ruling to end controversial “stop and frisk” practices. Professor Eberhardt has consulted for Airbnb, Nextdoor, and other businesses who have read her research and reached out to see how social science can be applied to reduce bias in the business world. The hallmarks of her work are: unsettling research revealing the long, pernicious reach of unconscious racial bias, and an unrelenting commitment to use her findings to develop positive solutions in our contemporary world. Interest has built in Dr. Eberhardt’s work through media coverage of her research in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Discover Magazine, WIRED, Vox, and Slate. Her work has been featured on the BBC, PBS, and NPR as well as in popular books, such as NPR correspondent Shankar Vedantam’s The Hidden Brain and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.
Vespers 5pm Mondays at the Hall of Philosophy
Cast in a vesper format at the close of the day and bookended by the beloved hymns "Day Is Dying in the West" and "Now the Day Is Over", these services combine the musical gifts of one of the world's largest singing congregations with the 125-voice Chautauqua Choir, all led by the 5,640 pipes of the Massey Memorial Organ. Many styles of music from the past five hundred years are presented, and a special feature is the inclusion of scriptural and devotional readings and prayers carefully selected to reflect each week's theme. Since 1907, every Sacred Song Service has closed with the playing of "Largo" from George Frederick Handel's opera Xerxes, a beloved custom which has been a vital part of the Chautauqua Experience for many, many people over the years. All services begin at 8 p.m. and last approximately one hour.
CLSC Author Presentation: Joy Harjo,    Hall of Philosophy
A musical, magical, resilient volume from one of our most celebrated and essential Native American voices: In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from the bend in the Tallapoosa River to a place near the Arkansas River. Stomp dance songs, blues, and jazz ballads echo throughout. Lost ancestors are recalled. Resilient songs are born, even as they grieve the loss of their country. Called a "magician and a master" (San Francisco Chronicle), Joy Harjo is at the top of her form in Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings. Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems and She Had Some Horses, and her memoir Crazy Brave won the American Book Award, among other honors. She is the recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize for Lifetime Achievement and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone internationally. The stunning second novel from National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivák is a heartbreaking, captivating story about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War. In a small town in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains Hannah and her son Bo mourn the loss of the family patriarch, Jozef Vinich. They were three generations under one roof. Three generations, but only one branch of a scraggy tree; they are a war-haunted family in a war-torn century, from World War I through the Vietnam War, where Hannah’s prodigal younger son, Sam, has been reported missing in action. Bo is left to grieve but also to hope for reunion, to create a new life, to embrace the land and work its soil through the seasons. The Signal Flame is a stirring novel about generations of men and women and the events that define them, brothers who take different paths, the old European values yielding to new world ways, and the convalescence of memory and war. Andrew Krivák’s first novel, The Sojourn, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction and the inaugural Chautauqua Prize in 2012. He is also the author of a memoir about his time in the Jesuit order, A Long Retreat: In Search of a Religious Life, and editor of The Letters of William Carlos Williams to Edgar Irving Williams, 1902-1912.
Chautauqua Dialogues
Join us Fridays at 3:30 on a porch at one of the religious houses to discuss the Department of Religion talks that occurred at The Hall of Philosophy. Sign-ups take place after the 2 pm lecture at the Hall of Philosophy Tuesday thru Thursday, or until the event is filled.
Interfaith Lecture Series: The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler    Hall of Philosophy
Interfaith Friday Week Nine: Why does a loving God allow suffering and tragedy to befall a creation God is supposed to love and care for? The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler (Progressive Christianity) The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler is Dean of the Cathedral of St. Philip in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, GA. Dean Candler received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Occidental College, in Los Angeles, California. In 1982, he graduated magna cum laude from Yale University Divinity School (and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, its Episcopal component). Ordained deacon in 1982, and priest in 1983, Dean Candler has served churches in Marietta and Cumming, Georgia; and in Summerville, South Carolina. Immediately before he was called to St. Philip's, he was Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, from 1993-1998. Sam Candler loves the community and diversity of parish life. An amateur pianist, he had intended to become a jazz musician before he was called into the priesthood. Thus, he values the role of music in prayer, and he has served on Liturgy and Music Committees in several dioceses. He also loves the outdoors, where he also finds community and diversity. Having grown up in rural areas, he continues to fish, hunt, hike, and observe the stars as much as possible. In South Carolina, he was a member of the Governor's Commission on Race Relations; and he believes that the Church must continue its social and civic call to justice for all. His vision for St. Philip's Cathedral is that it continues to grow as a passionate and vibrant community of Christian faith, serving the city and diocese of Atlanta. Dean Candler has lectured and preached in England, Costa Rica, and Canada, besides many places in the United States. Known for his optimistic and progressive vision of traditional Christian church life (and life in the Episcopal Church), he is also committed to interfaith relationships of good faith. He is a member of The Faith Alliance (the interfaith network in the city of Atlanta) and World Pilgrims (a group committed to taking Jews, Christians, and Muslims on interfaith pilgrimages together). Finally, Dean Candler presents lectures on religion and science, and on environmental sustainability and earth stewardship. Besides his sermons and articles, Sam Candler writes a commentary called "Good Faith and the Common Good," (www.goodfaithandthecommongood.org); and he is a writer for Episcopal Cafe (www.episcopalcafe.com). Dean Candler is joined in his life and ministry with Boog, his wife, who is a preschool teacher and an interpreter for the deaf. She, too, grew up on a farm, in Maryland. They have three grown children.

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