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Harris-Perry: Remnants of Civil War era still inform U.S. politics today

Harris-Perry: Remnants of Civil War era still inform U.S. politics today

Author, professor and columnist Melissa Harris-Perry said there is much Americans can learn from history.

“History is, in many ways, the collective project of making meaning out of the events of the past,” Harris-Perry said. “But history is also much more than an academic exercise.”

Her lecture focused on what current generations can glean from history and how historical events, specifically attitudes in the decades surrounding the Civil War, still have relevance in today’s socio-political world.

Filmmaker Hampton uncovered, filmed mother’s journey

Filmmaker Hampton uncovered, filmed mother’s journey

When filmmaker Sam Hampton’s mother, Elizabeth, was becoming heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement in Rochester, N.Y., Sam was just 5 years old.

“I really didn’t understand what they were doing, besides seeing all these people organizing and having meetings in my living room,” Sam said.

Children’s School staff works to take advantage of Chautauqua resources

Children’s School staff works to take advantage of Chautauqua resources

Every summer, the children who attend Children’s School do everything normal children do: make arts and crafts, play on playgrounds and hear stories. However, they also get to experience the arts in a way Children’s School administrators say is unique.

“It’s been a strategy for some time at Children’s School to take full advantage of the rich resources at Chautauqua, and particularly around the arts,” said Jack Voelker, director of the Department of Recreation and Youth Services.

Ayers: Southern logic allowed for no choice but to secede from Union

Ayers: Southern logic allowed for no choice but to secede from Union

“There might seem to be a non sequitur in the title of my lecture, ‘The Logic of Secession,’” Edward Ayers said to open his lecture at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Amphitheater. “How could there actually be a logic of taking the United States apart?”

Ayers’ lecture focused on discerning the logic that led the Southern states to secede. As a historian, Ayers has focused on the history of the South.

No such thing as ‘typical day’ for Opera Company music staff

No such thing as ‘typical day’ for Opera Company music staff

Chautauqua Opera patrons are well aware of what occurs onstage during a performance. They see the singers in costume and makeup and the lights and the set, and they hear the sounds of the orchestra.

What the average audience member rarely sees, however, are the tedious hours of coaching, training, rehearsals, blood, sweat and tears that preceded them.

Price-McKinney draws upon diverse background to coach Opera

Price-McKinney draws upon diverse background to coach Opera

Sterling Price-McKinney’s career took him from playing piano for a traveling circus to playing piano for Bob Hope to playing piano for the Chautauqua Opera Company.

“I love interesting people,” Price-McKinney said. “I never kiss and tell. I’m not a namedropper. I’m not a social climber. I just exist. I don’t know what I am. I let other people decide. And whatever they think I am is probably what I am.”

A community collaboration

A community collaboration

Chautauqua audiences will probably recognize “The Fiddler on the Roof” as one of the oeuvres of musical theater writing duo Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. At 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater, the audience will hear Young Artists from the Chautauqua Opera Company perform some of Bock and Harnick’s lesser-known hits, like “Fiorello!” and “Tenderloin,” as well as some selections from “Fiddler.”