Posts Tagged 'Q&A'

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.

Price: Blacks active participants, not passive receivers, in Civil War

Price: Blacks active participants, not passive receivers, in Civil War

The country is recovering from a long bout of historical amnesia when it comes to the Civil War, Clement Price said in his lecture at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Amphitheater.

Price, professor of history and director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., and a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, said the purpose of his lecture, “Break Every Yoke, Let the Oppressed Go Free!” was to impress upon his audience the importance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, which takes place this year.

Abrahamson: Creativity results through embrace of all identities

Abrahamson: Creativity results through embrace of all identities

Joan Abrahamson’s eyes began to water as she ended her 10:45 a.m. lecture Thursday in the Amphitheater. She was about to share something very personal with the Chautauquans there.

“I’ve got to tell you,” Abrahamson said, “I don’t usually talk like this. I usually give an analytical presentation about a problem and how we’re going about solving it, but I feel here that what’s special about Chautauqua is that all these levels operate simultaneously.”

Haskins: Thinking for today can inspire creativity

Haskins: Thinking for today can inspire creativity

Col. Casey Haskins thinks Americans today are bloody monkeys in a cage.

He presented a scenario to explain: Five monkeys are put in a cage with bananas hanging from the ceiling. There is one stool in the cage, and when one monkey tries to take one of the bananas using the stool, bystanders spray all five monkeys with ice-cold water. This happens about three times.