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Date: June 18, 2002 (02-32)
Reformers of the 20th Century Live Again in
Audiences will experience the life and times of social reformers who changed America, during the fourth annual Montgomery College Chautauqua, July 9-12. This old-time education/entertainment mode will come alive again in a series of four evening programs on Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus.
In performances geared for audiences of all ages, humanities scholar-performers will portray civil rights activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett and social critic Emma Goldman, as well as Theodore Roosevelt, the “trust-busting” 26th president of the United States, and the “Sage of Baltimore,” H.L. Mencken.
The Chautauqua theme this year is “America on a Soapbox,” bringing audiences insight into the social and political ferment of the country around such issues as monopolies, women’s right to vote, and racial and economic justice. Each “guest lecturer” will be preceded by a musical performance.
The College’s Chautauquas revive a turn-of-the-century adult education movement that brought entertainers and lecturers to small communities around the country to enlighten and entertain. The movement took its name from the town of Chautauqua in upstate New York, where summer camp religious education was first transformed into eight-week adult courses in the humanities and sciences.
The 2002 Montgomery College Chautauqua is sponsored in association with the Maryland Humanities Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Maryland Division of Historical and Cultural Programs, Columbia Gas of Maryland, Lockheed Martin, Choice Hotels International, and Aegon.
The Chautauqua’s schedule of events is as follows:
All evening performances will be held under a tent on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, just east of I-270 off Route 118. The site is accessible for persons with disabilities.
To request sign language interpretation, call the Maryland Humanities Council at 410-771-0652. For more information on the Montgomery College Chautuaqua, call 240-567-7746.
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