“Every year, about Oct. 31, I begin a season of prayer and fasting,” said the Rev. Frank Madison Reid III at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service and sermon in the Amphitheater. “I ask God to show me what the theme for my preaching and teaching for the next year should be. The day after Thanksgiving in 2014, he said that 2015 would be a year of great awakening. So wherever I go, my assignment is to tell you that it is time for a great awakening.”
On Sept. 14, PBS will begin a week of broadcasting Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward’s upcoming documentary series on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, titled “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.” Broadcast in two-hour-long episodes over seven days, the 14-hour series will cover 104 years of history, beginning with Theodore Roosevelt’s birth in 1858 and ending with Eleanor Roosevelt’s death in 1962.
At 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, documentarians and longtime collaborators Ken Burns and Geoffrey C. Ward will have their first discussion on the Roosevelts and their latest film, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”
There are 193 member states in the United Nations today. Among them, is there any leader that could be considered a hero?
Aaron David Miller doesn’t think so. And he doesn’t recommend waiting around for one, either.
On April 6, 1917, the United States Congress responded to President Woodrow Wilson’s request and officially declared the country in a state of war. Many people had expected it. Two and a half years earlier, Europe erupted in battle, but the U.S. kept itself neutral. German maritime transgressions, a sense of U.S. responsibility to freedom and democracy, and finally a sense of the country’s vulnerability, led Wilson to make his request. Chautauqua Institution followed.
The 1917 Season would be Chautauqua’s 44th Assembly. As the June 29 edition of The Chautauquan Daily said, it would be a “War-time Chautauqua.”
Ida Tarbell, a former Chautauquan Daily writer and editor, and later muckracker and activist against corporate monopoly, spoke two times that summer, once about “Doing Our Bit” and a second about “Fear of Efficiency.” The Daily reported that the “Famous writer believes that people of the country are doing well in preparation for the coming struggle.”
Full text of the famous Aug. 14, 1936, Amphitheater address
As many of you who are here tonight know, I formed the excellent habit of coming to Chautauqua more than 20 years ago. After my inauguration in 1933, I promised Mr. Bestor that during the next four years, I would come to Chautauqua again…
It might be that the name, Mary Frances Bestor Cram, is a mouthful. On the other hand, she had a lot to say. Her father, Arthur Bestor, presided over Chautauqua for some 30 years — through two world wars and the Depression. One remarkable event during those years was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s visit to Chautauqua in August 1936, when he gave his “I Hate War” speech.