Saturday, September 28

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

Chautauqua Auditorium

$35, Individual event; $85 all day pass ($32, $80 Concert Member)*

The Colorado Chautauqua presents University for a Day – September 28, 2019

University for a Day, presented by the Colorado Chautauqua brings together scholars, activists, experts and community members for a day of thought-provoking and engaging conversation on a singular topic of the day.

Join us on September 28, 2019 for a deep dive into The Politics of Dissent as we 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.

Joining us will be Dave Archambault Sr., former tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota and outspoken activist at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests; Jeffrey Marsh, one of the world’s foremost commentators on nonbinary identity and activism in America, with a message of positivity and inclusion and a deep knowledge of queer issues and history; the 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.

Ms. Tolokonnikova’s evening presentation will cap an engaging, enlightening and elevating day of community dialogue and reflection. Join us for this one-of-a-kind event!


University For A Day schedule:
12:00 PM – TBA
1:30 PM – Jeffrey Marsh
3:30 PM – Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
4:30 PM – Dinner Break
7:00 PM – Nadya Tolokonnikova

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 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 a 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 an 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.

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