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An Evening with Paula Poundstone
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2014, 08:00 PM
Chautauqua Auditorium
$25.00 - $42.50 ( $22.00- $39.50 Member)
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Say hello to Emmy Award-winning comedian, author and humorist, Paula Poundstone. Paula is currently a regular panelist on NPR’s widely popular weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me,” where her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy is heard by 5 million homes across the country, internationally on NPR Worldwide, and on the Internet via podcast.

Paula is recognized as one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups Of All Time, is the first woman to win the cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Special, and is the first woman to perform standup at the prestigious White House Correspondents Dinner and in 2010 was accepted into the Comedy Hall of Fame.  

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An Evening with Paula Poundstone

James Galvin: The Meadow, Prose & Poetry
MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2014, 07:30 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$12.00 ($9.00 Member)
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For more than 30 years, James Galvin has been crafting prose and poems that convey a profound sense of place, capturing both the harshness and beauty of the rural American West. Galvin vividly reveals a western landscape and a homeland that is often devastating and, seemingly, on the verge of blowing away. Galvin’s vision and voice are ennobled by a profound sense of obligation to the hard-bitten survivors of this eroding landscape.

Galvin is the author of the critically acclaimed prose book “The Meadow,” the novel “Fencing the Sky” and has published six collections of poetry, most recently “As Is.” He is a member of the permanent faculty of the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. His honors include a "Discovery"/The Nation award, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Galvin will read from his prose and poetry and talk about the writing process. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 

 

James Galvin: The Meadow, Prose & Poetry

An Evening with Steven Wright
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014, 08:00 PM
Chautauqua Auditorium
$32.50 - $50.00 ($29.50 - $47.00 Member)
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Academy Award winner Steven Wright is a prototype comedian that many others continually try to follow. He known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical and sometimes nonsensical jokes, paraprosdokians, anti-humor and one-liners with contrived situations. He is a regular guest with David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson.

Steven was honored as the first inductee into The Boston Comedy Hall of Fame, is a recipient of the Johnny Carson Comedy Legend Award and is a two-time Grammy nominee for Best Comedy Album. In 1989, Steven was honored with an Academy Award for Best Short Film for his film entitled “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings” in which he starred and co-wrote.  

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An Evening with Steven Wright

TaraShea Nesbit: The Wives of Los Alamos
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014, 07:30 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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“The Wives of Los Alamos” is a novel that sheds light onto one of the strangest and most monumental research projects in modern history. It's a testament to a remarkable group of women who carved out a life for themselves, in spite of the chaos of the war and the shroud of intense secrecy.Read more here.

The novel, Nesbit’s first, was published this year with great notoriety and some controversy, not because of the fascinating subject matter but because of her choice of narrative voice: first-person plural. The book was selected as Amazon.com’s best book of the month in February of 2014, an Indies Next Pick, and Indies Debut Novel Selection and a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Pick. Ms. Nesbit will read from and discuss writing “The Wives of Los Alamos.”

 

 

TaraShea Nesbit: The Wives of Los Alamos

David Haskell: The Forest Unseen
A biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of forest
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014, 07:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$12.00 ($9.00 Member)
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Written with remarkable grace and empathy, the award-winning "The Forest Unseen" is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity.

Biologist David George Haskell uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life. Beginning with simple observations--a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter, the first blossom of spring wildflowers—Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology, ecology, and poetry, explaining the science binding together ecosystems that have cycled for thousands, sometimes millions, of years.

Haskell's research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the World Wildlife Fund and the Templeton Foundation.

 

 

David Haskell: The Forest Unseen

Holistic Approaches to Early Education
The Spirit of Childhood
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014, 07:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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What is the general value of early education and how does it set the stage for long term, life- long success?  Michael Girodo, Head of School at Jarrow Montessori will discuss a variety of methods and philosophies of early education that address foundations for success including Montessori, Waldorf and Regio Emilla.

 

 

 

 

 

Holistic Approaches to Early Education

Nicholas Carr: The Glass Cage
Automation and Us
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014, 07:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$12.00 ($9.00 Member)
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Back by popular demand, Nicholas Carr presents his newly released book “The Glass Cage” (September 2014).

The book explores the impact of automation from a deeply human perspective, examining the personal as well as the economic consequences of our growing dependence on computers. Carr digs behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, as he explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure. Even as they bring ease to our lives, these programs are stealing something essential from us.

From nineteenth-century textile mills to the cockpits of modern jets, from the frozen hunting grounds of Inuit tribes to the sterile landscapes of GPS maps, Carr takes us on a journey from the work and early theory of Adam Smith and Alfred North Whitehead to the latest research into human attention, memory, and happiness, culminating in a moving meditation on how we can use technology to expand the human experience.  Read more here.

 

 

Nicholas Carr: The Glass Cage

Engaging Children's Emotions in Learning
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014, 07:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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What does it mean to embrace children’s emotional lives as productive aspects of their academic and social experiences? Whether or not they are invited, stories from life experiences, including stories of trauma, do enter classrooms and other sites of learning. Children’s deeply felt experiences can either be harnessed as resources or discouraged as distractions–a choice that has important implications for students’ opportunities to thrive.

Based on years of research with students and teachers, CU Professor Elizabeth Dutro will reveal that the stakes are high in how stories of emotional experiences are incorporated into the act of learning. Dutro will draw upon children’s voices and stories to explore questions about what it means to invite, recognize, and carry these experiences in any learning setting.

 

 

Engaging Children's Emotions in Learning

Rachel Weaver: Point of Direction
MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014, 07:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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Hitchhiking her way through Alaska, a young woman named Anna is picked up by Kyle, a fisherman. Anna and Kyle quickly fall for each other, as they are both adventurous, fiercely independent and in love with the raw beauty and solitude of Alaska. To cement their relationship, they agree to become caretakers of a remote lighthouse perched on a small rock in the middle of a deep channel—a place that has been uninhabited since the last caretaker mysteriously disappeared two decades ago. What seems the perfect adventure for these two quickly unravels, as closely-held secrets pull them apart and the surrounding waters threaten uncertain danger. Set against the uniquely rugged landscape of coastal Alaska, "Point of Direction" is an exquisite literary debut.

 

 

Rachel Weaver: Point of Direction

How Children's Interests Develop
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014, 07:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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Interest and learning go hand in hand. When children and adolescents are deeply interested in a topic, they actively seek out ways to learn more about it. In turn, their growing knowledge helps deepen their interest. CU Professor Bill Penuel will describe what research reveals about how children’s interests develop in and out of school and the role that social supports play in helping young people find activities that captivate and sustain their attention over time. Penuel will discuss ways that parents, teachers and the community can support the cycle in which interest and understanding can grow together, with emphasis on the middle grades and adolescence—when interest in many school subjects tends to decline.

 

 

How Children's Interests Develop

Literacy Squared: Valuing Bilingualism
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015, 07:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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There are over 10 million children in the U.S. speaking languages other than English, 85% of whom speak Spanish as their other language. These children have enormous potential, but historically have not been well served by U.S. schools. In addition, school programs provided only in English often result in both Spanish language loss and a missed opportunity to foster bilingualism and intercultural understanding among all children.. CU professors Kathy Escamilla, Lucinda Soltero-González, & Sue Hopewell will discuss Literacy Squared®—a program designed to accelerate the development of English as well as maintain and develop Spanish in emerging bilingual children—as well as suggest research-based strategies to make the most of the rich multicultural resources of children in the U.S. and encourage bilingual literacy.

 

 

Literacy Squared: Valuing Bilingualism

Mark Bekoff: Rewilding Our Hearts
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015, 07:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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In wildlife conservation work, rewilding — to make wild once again — refers to the creation of corridors between preserved lands that allow declining populations to rebound. In "Rewilding Our Hearts" (September 2014) Mark Bekoff applies the concept of rewilding to human attitudes, arguing that unless humans rewild themselves, becoming profoundly reconnected to nature and fundamentally shifting their consciousness,  conservation efforts will have but limited impact.

Bekoff demonstrates that when we make the effort to not just see, but to empathetically become “the seen,” our perspective on animals and their habitats changes in profound ways. As we shift to acting from the inside out, our efforts move beyond simply reacting to current crises and become powerfully proactive. "Rewilding Our Hearts" asks and shows the reader how to become re-enchanted with the world, and by dissolving false boundaries, to truly connect with both nature and themselves.

 

Mark Bekoff: Rewilding Our Hearts

How Students Learn Math and Science
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015, 07:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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Math and science are often thought of as challenging subjects that can prevent children from being successful in school. However, many aspects of math and science resonate well with students’ hearts and minds. New teaching and learning practices have changed the look of math and science and these novel formats are often unfamiliar to parents, students, and educators. CU Professors Edd Taylor & Valerie Otero will reveal aspects of math and science learning environments that are inviting and empowering and demonstrate how math and science appeal to curiosity and problem-solving instincts.Taylor and Otero will also discuss the rationale for current changes in math and science classrooms (e.g. solving problems in non-traditional ways), as well as the changing roles for parents in this somewhat unfamiliar space.

 

 

How Students Learn Math and Science

Standardized Testing and Special Needs
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015, 07:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
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There is considerable controversy over the use of standardized tests to assess academic progress of children with special needs. The very act of standardization appears to conflict with the tailoring of a student’s learning goals through an individualized education plan (IEP). Some also argue that the process of preparing students to take a standardized test takes away valuable time that could be spent on more authentic learning activities. Professor Derek Briggs will discuss the pros and cons of standardized testing for children with special needs. He will also explore the features of the newly designed large-scale assessments that all Colorado students will be taking in the spring of 2015 and discuss how these features may address frequently raised concerns about standardized testing.

 

 

Standardized Testing and Special Needs

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