Week Three at Chautauqua is themed ‘America, 1863’

CHAUTAUQUA – Chautauqua presents a weeklong series of lectures examining the American Civil War’s legacy during Week Three.

Morning Amphitheater Lectures – America, 1863

Catherine Clinton, chair in U.S. history at Queen’s University Belfast and a consultant on Stephen Spielberg’s 2012 film “Lincoln,” will open the week Monday with a lecture setting the scene of America in 1863 politically, culturally and geographically.

On Tuesday, Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle, author of Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year, speaks on the legacy of the 16th president.

Gary W. Gallagher, a Civil War military historian and professor at the University of Virginia, delivers Wednesday’s address on the gritty details of how this war was fought. The following morning on Thursday, Harvard professor of American legal history Annette Gordon-Reed, author of Andrew Johnson, will speak on the legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation and the state of the abolitionist movement.

Joan Waugh, professor of history at UCLA, ends the week with a Friday lecture on how the events of 1863 and the actions of a forward-thinking Union still inform American politics and culture today.

Afternoon Interfaith Lectures

Emancipation: Where Do We Go from Here?

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war.

The Week Three interfaith lectures will explore the ethical and spiritual directions for striving to ensure that all may be emancipated from continuing inequalities in areas such as poverty, poor education, lack of jobs and disparate access to health care.

The New York State Archives Partnership Trust, the Department of Religion and the Chautauqua Institution Archives present historian and author of Emancipating Lincoln, Harold Holzer to kick off the Interfaith Lecture week on Monday. Holzer is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era.

Donna Brazile, a veteran Democratic political strategist, adjunct professor, author and syndicated columnist, will speak Tuesday. Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign. O, The Oprah Magazine chose Brazile as one of its 20 “remarkable visionaries” for the magazine’s first-ever O Power List. In addition, she was named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine, Top 50 Women in America by Essence magazine and received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement.

The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr., who Chautauqua has named the new director of its Department of Religion, following the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell at the end of the year, will speak on Wednesday. Franklin served as president emeritus of Morehouse College, where he served as the 10th president from 2007 through 2012. He is also a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. He provides commentary for the National Public Radio (NPR) program, “All Things Considered,” and weekly commentary for Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting Television.

On Thursday, senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, Ph.D. will share his thoughts. His outreach and activism have addressed such issues as voting rights, poverty, HIV/AIDS and disparities in the criminal justice system.

Helene D. Gayle, M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO of CARE USA, will end the week with her address. CARE USA is a leading international humanitarian organization with approximately 10,000 staff, whose poverty-fighting programs reached 122 million people last year in 84 countries. Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” and Newsweek’s top 10 “Women in Leadership,” Gayle has been featured by national and international media outlets. She has also published numerous scientific articles.

Morning lectures are held in the Amphitheater weekdays at 10:45 a.m. Interfaith Lectures are held in the Hall of Philosophy weekdays at 2 p.m. Afternoon lecture themes often complement the themes of the 10:45 a.m. lectures but capture a different angle of vision.

Day tickets are available for purchase at the Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office on the day of your visit. Morning tickets grant visitors access to the grounds from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $20.

Afternoon tickets grant access from noon to 8 p.m. for $13.

Combined morning/afternoon passes (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) are $33. For additional ticketing information, visit www.chqtickets.com/ or call 357-6250.

Chautauqua Institution is a summer community located in southwestern New York State on Chautauqua Lake. It offers a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship, educational programs, and recreational activities. Each summer the Institution hosts more than 2,200 events and 100,000 guests. For more information, visit www.ciweb.org.