Saturday, September 28

Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

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Colorado Chautauqua presents an evening with Nadya Tolokonnikova, co-founder of Pussy Riot. Ms. Tolokonnikova will participate in a moderated discussion entitled, “10 Things You Always Wanted to Ask Pussy Riot.” Do not miss this one night only event guaranteed to enlighten and inspire as we hear insights from one of the leading activists of this generation.

About the Speaker

Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian conceptual artist and political activist. She is the founding member of the art collective Pussy Riot, a feminist protest art collective which has been one of the world’s most prominent art groups in recent years, aiming to focus attention on human rights violations at home and abroad. In August 2012, she was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance by Pussy Riot in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. This protest attracted international media attention and support from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Bjork and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Nadya went through a hunger strike protesting savage prison conditions and ended up being sent far away to a Siberian penal colony, where she managed to maintain her artistic activity and, with her prison punk band, she made a tour around Siberian labor camps. Nadya recently published the book “Read and Riot: Pussy Riot’s Guide to Activism,” which was well-received by critics. The book is based on Pussy Riot’s prison experience and Nadya’s advice to fellow activists on how to effectively make protest actions.

Shortly after her release in December 2013, she announced the opening of independent news service and media outlet, Mediazona. She has spoken before the US Congress, British Parliament, European Parliament and has appeared on stage with world leaders including Bill Clinton. Nadya is a Lennon Ono Grant for Peace recipient, has appeared as herself on Season 3 of House of Cards and performed at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition.



Join us on September 28th as the Colorado Chautauqua presents University for a Day. This one-of-a-kind event brings together scholars, activists, experts and community members for a day of thought-provoking and engaging conversations. This year’s topic, “The Politics of Dissent,” will engage some of the most influential activists in the world in a discussion of the moral and practical stances people take in response to a variety of contemporary social issues and world events.

2019 Lineup:

Dave Archambault Sr., Known as the “Indian School Whisperer” and “Joe Bucking Horse,” he has been a voice for future generations by advocating empowerment schooling models for Indian learners of all ages;

Jeffrey Marsh, one of the world’s foremost commentators on nonbinary identity and activism in America, presents a message of positivity and inclusion and in-depth knowledge of queer issues and history;

Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, a modern-day civil rights activist whose frank discussions about black America’s fight for racial justice have gained him notoriety across the country; and

Nadya Tolokonnikova, a Russian conceptual artist, former political prisoner and co-founder of the artist collective Pussy Riot, whose August 2012 protest of Russian President Vladimir Putin attracted international media attention and support from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Bjork and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Ms. Tolokonnikova’s evening presentation will cap an engaging, enlightening and elevating day of community dialogue and reflection. Join us for this groundbreaking event on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Schedule of Speakers

12:00 PM Dave Archambault, Sr.
1:30 PM Jeffrey Marsh
3:30 PM Rev. Sekou
4:30 PM Dinner Break
7:00 PM Nadya Tolokonnikova

Tickets and Passes*

All-Day Passes and individual tickets are available for purchase. All-Day Passes include a discount and do not require single event ticket purchases.

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Dave Archambault, Sr.
Jeffrey Marsh
Rev. Sekou
Nadya Tolokonnikova
All-Day Pass



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