The weeklong event kicks off with an informal gathering at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Chautauqua's historic Athenaeum Hotel. That event is the first of a series of informal discussions and social activities scheduled throughout the week. Wittenberg alumni, friends, parents and students of all ages are welcomed to participate. They are encouraged to attend as many of the activities as they like, and they do not have to be staying on the grounds of the institution to participate.
Founded in 1874 as a training camp for Sunday school teachers, Chautauqua Institution has become a thriving community where visitors find intellectual and spiritual growth and renewal. Its annual nine-week summer season is a celebration of the arts, education, religion and recreation, including outstanding musical, dance, opera and theater performances and visual arts. In addition, numerous recreational activities are available, including a championship 36-hole golf course, state-of-the-art clay tennis courts and boating, sailing and fishing on picturesque Chautauqua Lake.
Evening performances scheduled for the week of Aug. 2-8 include Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Dance Theatre and internationally acclaimed recording artist Englebert Humperdinck. In addition, the opera Tosca is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 7, and author Ken Burns will discuss his works on Monday, Aug. 3. The morning lecture theme is "On Cinema" and the afternoon lecture theme is "The Influence of Religion and Culture on Contemporary Diplomacy," with presentations scheduled throughout the week related to each topic.
There is no charge to attend Wittenberg's Alumni College Chautauqua activities, although participants are subject to charges by the institution. Log on to Chautauqua's Web site for details.
For additional information and to make reservations, contact Barb Mackey, assistant director of alumni relations, at (937) 750-5972 or via e-mail.
Written by: Ryan Maurer
Photo by: Erin Pence
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