Each morning this week, we will hear from people representing and supporting the arts, particularly those art forms represented at Chautauqua -- literature, visual arts, orchestra, theater, opera, dance -- discussing the role of the arts in civil society -- education, economic recovery, healing, and cross-cultural understanding. Afternoon lectures will examine the role of the arts in worship. This week will highlight Chautauqua's four-pillar mix of arts, education, religion, and recreation.
Chautauqua, according to the late, great Teddy Roosevelt, is "the most American thing in America." It's also the country's oldest ideas festival. Since its founding in 1874, Chautauqua has attracted the likes of Amelia Earhart, FDR and Susan B. Anthony. The rich tradition continues in 2011. Speakers include New York Times contributor Stanley Fish, groundbreaking religious commentator Karen Armstrong, leading foreign policy analyst Robin Wright, noted historian Gordon Wood and several others. Take advantage of this exclusive offer from FORA.tv and the Chautauqua Institution, and join the discussion as these important thought leaders address the most pressing issues facing America and the world.
Stanley Fish is the Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Humanities and Law at Florida International University in Miami. A well-known public intellectual, he writes frequently on the politics of the university and maintains a New York Times blog where he comments regularly on the humanities, education, law and society.
He is the author of numerous books and articles, including How Milton Works; Is There a Text in This Class? Interpretive Communities and the Sources of Authority; The Trouble With Principle; Professional Correctness: Literary Studies and Political Change; There's No Such Thing as Free Speech: And It's a Good Thing, Too; and Save the World on Your Own Time. His essays and articles have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harper's Magazine, Esquire and The Atlantic.
Fish is dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Previously, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins and Duke University. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned his master's and doctoral degrees from Yale.
Stanley Fish, professor of law and humanities at Florida International University, rebuts arguments against the value of arts and humanities instruction in post-secondary educational institutions. "The demand for justification is always the demand that something be justified in terms not its own," he says, contending that the arts cannot be adequately explained in any terms but their own.
Popular U.S. educational and cultural movement founded in 1874. It began as a training assembly for Sunday-school teachers at Chautauqua Lake, N.Y., but gradually spread to various circuit chautauquas and broadened in scope to include general education and popular entertainments, many of which incorporated religious themes. Outstanding speakers were brought in for summer lectures and classes. The movement declined after reaching a peak in 1924 (though the Chautauqua Institution still holds meetings), but its legacy contributed to the growth of community colleges and continuing education programs. See alsolyceum movement.