Week One :: June 24–July 1

Invention

Invention is a way to pinpoint what we value, and we look to men and women throughout history, around the world, who challenged the status quo by what they thought, saw and created. As we celebrate the evolution of humanity, we explore what’s next and how we’ll achieve it.

  • What are the conditions — within society and within ourselves — that make invention possible?
  • Are we in the last age of American invention?
  • What do we need for humanity’s next “giant leap” in our lifetime?
  • Are there ethical and legal limits to be placed on human curiosity?

 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Inventing God? A Brief History of Religions

The search for meaning and imagining the Source of Life are among the hallmarks of being human.  Calling this Source by many names in different ages and among all peoples has inspired ever-evolving ways of knowing and experiencing It, including looking within ourselves.  In this week we will consider both the traditional and the newer ways that the religious imagination has conceptualized our experience of the Holy.

 

  • Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Aretha Franklin

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    Don’t miss opening night 2017 as The Queen sings in the season with soul. For six decades, Aretha Franklin has been a beacon of creative originality, winning no less than 18 Grammy Awards.



    Location: Amphitheater
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  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 10:00am

    Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden

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    June 25–August 23

    Featured Artists: Susan Ferrare Rowley / Steel, Metal, Mesh; Richard Pitts / Steel, Paint; Dan Roth / Mixed Media; Michael Walsh / Steel, Enamel, Acrylic



    Location: Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden

     

  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 10:45am

    Rev. Alan Jones

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    The Very Reverend Alan Jones is Dean Emeritus of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, where he served as dean for over 24 years.



    Location: Amphitheater
    Admission to the Grounds and Amphitheater is free on Sundays. Sunday Parking is free until 2 p.m.

     

  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 02:30pm

    The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band

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    The Jazz Ambassadors — America's Big Band, is the official touring big band of the United States Army. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz.



    Location: Amphitheater
    Admission to the Grounds and Amphitheater is free on Sundays. (Parking is free until 2 p.m.)

     

  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 03:00pm

    The 60th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art: 60 Works Celebrating 60 Years

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    June 25–July 18 / Opening Reception Sunday, June 25 /  3–5 p.m.

    This year VACI’s leadership team of Don Kimes, Lois Jubeck and Judy Barie will kick off the season with a substantially expanded version of the historical Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art.



    Location: Fowler-Kellogg Art Center
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  • Monday, June 26, 2017 | 09:15am

    Rev. Alan Jones

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    The Very Reverend Alan Jones is Dean Emeritus of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, where he served as dean for over 24 years.



    Location: Amphitheater
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  • Monday, June 26, 2017 | 10:45am

    Obi Felten

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    Head of getting moonshots ready for contact with the real world, X

    Obi Felten is a startup mentor and angel investor who is head of getting moonshots ready for contact with the real world at X (formerly known as GoogleX).



    Location: Amphitheater
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  • Monday, June 26, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Kelly Bulkeley

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    Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D., is a psychologist of religion focusing on dreams and dreaming.  He is director of the Sleep and Dream Database (SDDb), a Senior Editor of the APA journal Dreaming, and a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy
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  • Monday, June 26, 2017 | 04:00pm

    Cantus: No Greater Love Than This

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    This internationally recognized men’s vocal ensemble is widely known for its innovative programming and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Cantus has performed on the stages of Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center,...



    Location: Lenna Hall
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  • Monday, June 26, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Ailey II: Revelations

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    Ailey II begins its residency with a program built around Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations. Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, this cultural treasure fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.



    Location: Amphitheater
    $20, Community Appreciation Night, gate pass or event ticket required

     

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 10:45am

    Jesse Schell

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    Distinguished Professor, Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center

    Jesse Schell is a Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center...



    Location: Amphitheater
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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 08:15pm

    The Hot Sardines

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    Music first made famous decades ago comes alive through The Hot Sardine’s brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from chanteuse Elizabeth Bougerol, who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lilt of her voice.



    Location: Amphitheater
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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 10:45am

    Lisa DeLuca

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    Technology Strategist, IBM Commerce

    Lisa Seacat DeLuca is the most prolific female inventor in IBM history; she holds 70 U.S. patents with more 300 pending applications, and more than 180 patents worldwide.



    Location: Amphitheater
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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Laurie L. Patton

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    Laurie L. Patton is president of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. An authority on South Asian history, culture, and religion, she is the author or editor of nine books and more than 50 articles in the field...



    Location: Hall of Philosophy
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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 03:00pm

    Homage to Mango Street

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    June 25–August 21 / Opening Reception Wednesday, June 28 /  3–5 p.m.

    Curated by VACI Artistic Director Don Kimes, this exhibition presents works by several contemporary Latino artists with roots in Mexico, Uruguay, Ecuador and Cuba.



    Location: Strohl Art Center / Gallo Family Gallery
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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 03:00pm

    Resting Place: The American Landscape

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    June 25–July 16 / Opening Reception Wednesday June 28 / 3–5 p.m.

    Curated by Judy Barie, the Susan and Jack Turben Director of VACI Galleries, this exhibition highlights the beauty of the American Landscape — quiet, contemplative places where we go to refresh and renew our spirits.



    Location: Strohl Art Center / Main Gallery
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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 03:00pm

    Staying Alive: Tapestries by Erika Diamond

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    June 25–July 23 / Opening Reception Wednesday, June 28  / 3–5 p.m.

    This one person show features Erika Diamond’s hand woven alpaca tapestries depicting emergency instruction scenarios from first aid manuals and airline safety cards.



    Location: Strohl Art Center / Bellowe Family Gallery
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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Ailey II: New Works

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    Universally renowned Ailey II will capture audiences with this stunning new works program that will feature Bridget L. Moore’s Sketches of Flames. Moore fuses flamenco influences with her African-American and contemporary aesthetic to create a rapturous ensemble work.



    Location: Amphitheater
    $43, gate pass or event ticket required

     

  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Ed Feinstein

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    Rabbi Ed Feinstein is senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. He serves on the faculty of the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the American Jewish University, the Wexner Heritage Program, and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy
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  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 03:30pm

    Daniel Bergner, CLSC Author, Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family

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    Ryan Speedo Green had a tough upbringing in southeastern Virginia: his family lived in a trailer park and later a bullet-riddled house across the street from drug dealers. His father was absent; his mother was volatile and abusive.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy
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