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JULY 16-20, 2019 Evening Performance Schedule | Myers Memorial Band Shell Opening Acts at 7 p.m. | Living History Performances at 8 p.m.







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Austin “Walkin” Cane

Steve Brown Jazz Trio

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Ashland Chautauqua Celebrates 20 Years of Education and Entertainment This year Ashland Chautauqua celebrates its 20th anniversary with some special activities. Tricia is returning as guest emcee! A ribbon-cutting and cake for everyone starts the week at the bandshell at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, July 16. There will be three morning “Coffee with a Scholar” conversations at Downtown Perk, starting at 8:30 am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Everyone is welcome to stop in! Our scholars this year are Becky Stone portraying Maya Angelou, Brian “Fox” Ellis as John James Audubon, Vernice Jackson as Josephine Baker, Annette Baldwin as

Coco Chanel, and Doug Watson as Will Rogers. They all add up to a great variety of creative people bringing new ideas to public consciousness. We call the theme “Art and Innovation.” The 5-Nighters spectacular prize drawing will take place again this year. The only way to be in the running is to pick up your 5-Nighter card on Tuesday evening, attend every evening performance, and get your card initialed each night. Don’t wait until Wednesday evening; that will be too late to become a 5-Nighter!

Tricia Applegate on 20 Years of Ashland Chautauqua When the Ashland Community Arts Center offered ‘The Art of Storytelling’ classes at its inception in 1998, never in my wildest dreams did I think we would create an event that would grow and continue into its 20th Anniversary. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths and I began this journey through the storytelling classes which evolved into the Blackfork Storytellers. Through grant funding from the Ohio Humanities Council (OHC), the program hosted Storyfest ’99 under a small tent at Ashland Balloonfest featuring Karen Vuranch’s portrayal of pioneer Mary Draper Ingalls. After the OHC saw our success with Storyfest, they approached us and asked if Ashland would be interested in applying to host their first touring Ohio Chautauqua. We had never heard of Chautauqua before, but were excited about the opportunity. We applied and were selected as one of five communities to host Ohio Chautauqua 2000: Creating the 20th Century: Ohio Voices under a 500-seat tent on the Balloonfest field. At a wrap-up meeting in Columbus with the other four



I would like to say it has been an easy and unstressful endeavor, but Ashland Chautauqua has endured changes and adaptations to survive. That is what makes it so extraordinary. From funding diversification to venue changes, performer travel difficulties, troupe drama, inclement weather – we have learned that the community’s commitment to this event is strong, and the committee is resilient. Unlike the Redpath Traveling Chautauqua that only survived for a couple of years (19121914) in Ashland, Ashland’s own Chautauqua has shown remarkable fortitude and vision. Thank you, Ashland! Here is to another 20 years!!



Maya Angelou........................................................................ 4

Coco Chanel...........................................................................10

John James Audubon........................................................ 6

Will Rogers............................................................................ 12

Josephine Baker.................................................................... 8


hosting communities, the OHC announced that their hope was for local communities to eventually produce their own Chautauquas. I quickly insisted that we would need to host the event for at least three years before we could produce our own. Guess what! Ashland was again selected as a host site for Ohio Chautauqua in 2001 and 2002. In 2003, Ashland produced its first Chautauqua with the theme World War II: At Home and Abroad with a local history production compiled and directed by Deleasa.




Schedule of Events All Events are FREE and Open to the Public

NOTICE: IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, EVENING EVENTS MAY BE MOVED INDOORS. Notice will be available on Rain Site Hotline, Facebook, and website by 4 p.m. Rain Site Hotline: 419.281.3018 More info at: www.AshlandChautauqua.org Facebook.com/AshlandChautauqua

TUESDAY, JULY 16 1 p.m. The Arts & the Art of Dressing: 1920s Style

Adult Program with scholar Annette Baldwin


6:15 a.m. Bird Watching with Brian “Fox” Ellis Ashland Cemetery meet at gates on West Main

8:30 a.m. Coffee with the Scholars Downtown Perk

10 a.m. Is Fashion Art?

Adult Program with scholar Annette Baldwin Ashland Public Library

1 p.m. Rogers’ film, “The Ropin’ Fool” (1922) Youth Program with scholar Doug Watson Salvation Army Kroc Center

2 p.m. The Art of Storytelling: Finding Your Stories

Youth Program with scholar Becky Stone

Ashland County Council on Aging

Ashland Public Library-Teen/Tween program

2 p.m. Becoming A Better Bird Guide


Adult Program with scholar Brian “Fox” Ellis Kingston of Ashland

MYERS MEMORIAL BAND SHELL 6:30 p.m. Ribbon Cutting 20th Anniversary Celebration 7 p.m. Opening Act: Austin Walkin’ Cane 8 p.m. An Evening with Maya Angelou

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 10:30 a.m. Will Rogers’ Spirit, Wisdom, and Humor: A Workshop Discussion

Adult Program with scholar Doug Watson

Loudonville Public Library/Golden Center

2 p.m. A Dramatic Reading of “The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker”

Youth Program with scholar Vernice Jackson Ashland Public Library

3:30 p.m. Celebrating the Art of Black Vocal Music Adult Program with scholar Becky Stone Ashland County Senior Citizen Center


Opening Act: Steve Brown Jazz Trio

8 p.m. An Evening with John James Audubon

7 p.m. 8 p.m.

Opening Act: Luca Mundaca An Evening with Josephine Baker

FRIDAY, JULY 19 8:30 a.m. Coffee with the Scholars Downtown Perk

10 a.m. John James Audubon’s Bird Tales

Youth Program with scholar Brian “Fox” Ellis Salvation Army Kroc Center

11 a.m. A Talk with Josephine upon Returning to the USA - 1963 Adult Program with scholar Vernice Jackson Mill Run Place

MYERS MEMORIAL BAND SHELL 7 p.m. Opening Act: Steven Stanley 8 p.m. An Evening with Coco Chanel

SATURDAY, JULY 20 8:30 a.m. Coffee with the Scholars Downtown Perk

MYERS MEMORIAL BAND SHELL 7 p.m. Opening Act: Charlie Mosbrook 8 p.m. An Evening with Will Rogers

EVALUATE ASHLAND CHAUTAUQUA Please take a few minutes and complete a brief evaluation form to help us improve our programming and provide suggestions for future Ashland Chautauqua characters. Evaluation forms are available from ushers at all evening events and online at: ashlandchautauqua.org



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y the end of her life, Maya Angelou was teaching at Wake Forest University as the first lifetime Reynolds Professor of American Studies and lecturing all over the world. Her life experiences ranged from being San Francisco’s first black streetcar conductor (she lied about her age) to earning over 50 honorary doctorates (she never attended college), from surviving childhood rape to writing poems that revel in the joy of womanhood, from dancing in a strip joint to dazzling worldwide audiences. And though her legacy of television, film, and recording projects are numerous, her literary accomplishments are legion. Angelou wrote over 30 books that have NEVER been out of print. Her first autobiography (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings) earned a National Book Award nomination. Her first collection of poetry garnered a Pulitzer nomination. Angelou became the spokesperson for women, black Americans, the marginalized, and the oppressed.

Maya Angelou Thriving

with Artistic Passion and Style

by Becky Stone


Born in St Louis, MO


Raped, began almost 5 years of not speaking


Graduated high school and gave birth to her only son


Married Tosh Angelopoulos (Divorced 1954)

1954-55 Toured Europe and North Africa in Porgy and Bess as “Ruby” 1958

Moved to New York City, joined Harlem Writers Guild

1960 Produced Cabaret for Freedom with Godfrey Cambridge in New York, fundraiser for Southern Christian Leadership Conference 1961 Appeared in Off-Broadway Production of Jean Genet’s The Blacks: A Clown Show 1968 Wrote and hosted PBS 10-part television series, “Blacks, Blues, Black!” 1970

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings published, first of 7 autobiographies

1972 Pulitzer Prize nomination for Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie, her first poetry collection, wrote screenplay for film, Georgia, Georgia, beginning her film career 1977 Appeared in 2 episodes of Roots as Kunta Kinte’s grandmother 1982 Became the first lifetime Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University 1993 Wrote and recited On the Pulse of Morning at President Clinton’s Inauguration 1994 First Grammy for spoken word album, On the Pulse of Morning



Directed the film Down in the Delta


Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom


Died of heart failure in Winston-Salem, NC

In high school, Marguerite Johnson, studied dance at the California Labor School. After high school, “Rita” auditioned for a young male dancer who needed a partner. He saw her talent and taught her everything she needed to know. In her first performance, Rita started off like a deer in headlights. By the end of the number, he had to drag her off stage. The young hoofer was Alvin Ailey. By the time Rita became “Miss Calypso,” performing at the Purple Onion, she had renamed herself Maya Angelou. She landed the opportunity to tour Europe in Porgy and Bess as Ruby, primarily a dance role. When in New York, Angelou studied with Pearl Primus, a pioneer in African dance. After high school, Marguerite worked a lot of part-time jobs to support herself and her infant son. One of those jobs was dancing in a strip joint. It led to singing. The fact that she sang distinguished her from the other dancers and led her to jobs that moved her up and out. Even while on tour in Europe, Angelou worked as a cabaret singer after the show. Angelou learned that she really was not a singer when she worked with the cast of Porgy and Bess. During one performance, Angelou exited into the wings and was told by one of the singers that she had flatted an E. Angelou responded that she didn’t realize she was singing the alphabet! Angelou was asked to be in an ensemble play that had a run of 1400 performances Off-Broadway. The ensemble included Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones, Roscoe Lee Browne, Lou Gossett, Jr., Godfrey Cambridge, and Charles Gordone. For her performance




in the play, Jean Genet’s The Blacks: A Clown Show, Angelou won an Obie. Angelou was nominated for a Tony for her performance in Look Away in 1973.

Angelou went from humble beginnings to be the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She grew in spirit and skill and accomplished her mission. How many can say that?

Angelou portrayed Kunte Kinte’s grandmother in the television series Roots. She wrote six plays, two screenplays, and directed one feature length film. She wrote seven television scripts and appeared in numerous films and television shows.

She said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Maya Angelou considered herself a poet. She fell in love with poetry at age 9, during the five years she was a voluntary mute. Her poetry is grounded in black American language, rhythms, and the patterns of Southern preaching. It has been set to music and danced to as spoken word. Still I Rise has become an anthem of hope for the downtrodden. Phenomenal Woman has become a song of pride for women of all shapes and colors. Angelou wrote and read On the Pulse of Morning at President Clinton’s first inauguration at his request. Angelou wrote her first autobiography in response to a challenge from Harper editor, Bob Loomis: “It is practically impossible to write autobiography as good literature.” Maya said she would try. Caged Bird was an instant success. As Angelou wrote six more autobiographies, poetry and insightful essays kept pouring out. When Angelou died, she was collaborating with a hip-hop artist on her poetry and writing a book about the world leaders she had known. Name an art and Angelou has some connection. Culinary? Angelou wrote two cookbooks. Fine art? She was a collector. Couture? Angelou wore African-inspired clothing and headdresses.


Becky Stone has been a Chautauqua performer since 2003. In 2017 she portrayed Rosa Parks at Ashland Chautauqua. Her characters also include Harriet Tubman and Pauli Murray. She has a long resume of acting credits and storytelling appearances. She has also been a drama teacher. She holds a BA degree in drama from Vassar College and an MA from Villanova University.


Austin ‘Walkin’ Cane is a blues singer, songwriter and slide guitar impresario who performs both acoustic and electric guitar mediums. He has toured internationally and crossed the USA, most notably from New Orleans to Juneau, Alaska with only a guitar and suitcase in hand. His voice and original compositions recall Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, and Bourbon Street Jazz. www.walkincane.com

DAYTIME PROGRAMS Youth Program: The Art of Storytelling: Finding Your Stories Thursday, 2 p.m. - Ashland Public Library Maya had certain theories about storytelling that shaped her writing. In this workshop, scholar Becky Stone will share those theories. The focus will shift to a mini-storytelling workshop aimed to help participants find their own stories and hone their telling skills. Adult Program: Celebrating the Art of Black Vocal Music Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. - Ashland Senior Center When the Porgy and Bess tour performed in Egypt, some wealthy Egyptians hosted a party for the cast. They had world class singers from the cast perform, but they gave cheers for Maya’s singing and begged for an encore. Maya knew she was not the best singer. The Egyptians preferred her singing of Black American music to the thrilling operatic songs the rest of the cast sang for them. Maya’s roots gave her a love of rhythm and making a joyful noise. Participants will look at Black American vocal music and its forms, so as to have a better understanding of Black vocal music as an art. Be ready to sing a few songs from several traditions - church gospel, work songs, blues, call and response, freedom songs, ballads, children’s songs - and even try a few hand claps.

ANGELOU BIBLIOGRAPHY Agins, Donna Brown. Maya Angelou: A Biography of an AwardWinning Poet and Civil Rights Activist. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2013. Angelou, Maya. Gather Together In My Name. New York: Random House, 1974. Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Random House, 1969. Angelou, Maya. Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie. New York: Random House, 1971. Angelou, Maya. The Heart of a Woman. New York: Random House, 1981. Angelou, Maya. Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now. New York: Random House, 1993. Gillespie, Marcia Ann & Rosa Johnson Butler & Richard A. Long. Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration. New York: Doubleday, 2008. Wagner-Martin, Linda. Maya Angelou: Adventurous Spirit. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.



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man of many firsts, Audubon was the first to paint every known bird in North America. That amounted to more than 465 species, including more than a dozen birds that he was the first to scientifically describe, naming them for his friends. He was the first man in America to band a bird, proving that they migrate. He followed their migrations and wrote 5-10 pages about every bird he painted, published in seven volumes as the Ornithological Biographies. Less well known, he was a best-selling author of his day, publishing 50 short stories about his travels and travails known collectively as the Delineations of American Scenery. He was also the first to attempt to paint all the four-legged animals that give birth to live young, Viviparous Quadrupeds. Most importantly, he transformed ‘scientific illustrations’ raising

John James Audubon

Encountering Nature with Artistry by Brian “Fox” Ellis


April 28, 1785 Born Jean Rabine on the Isle of Santa Domingo, now Haiti. 1788 Audubon’s father flees Haiti. His son is raised by a stepmother near Nantes, France. Late 1790’s May have studied painting with Jacques-Louis David at The Louvre. 1803 To avoid conscription, Audubon traveled to father’s estate near Philadelphia, where he begins to paint “The Birds of America.” 1805 First in North America to band a bird, proving that they do migrate. 1807 – 1820 Moves to Appalachian Mountains, continues building his portfolio of birds. 1820 Moves his family to Cincinnati, Ohio. Teaches art classes, commits to painting all of the birds of North America. His wife begins teaching to help support the family. October 1820 Makes his first pilgrimage down the Mississippi following the annual migration of birds. 1826 Makes his first trip to England to find a printer and sell subscriptions to his great work, The Birds of North America. 1830’s Makes forays into the American wilderness from Nova Scotia to the Florida Keys and back to England to supervise the print making and sell subscriptions. 1838

The Birds of America is finished.

1840’s Begins work on the Viviparous Quadrupeds, (mammals), but his failing eyesight and senility lead his sons to finish the project. January 27, 1851 Audubon passes away with his family at his side on his farm in New York.


the skill of the draftsmen to the level of fine art, moving from flat, lifeless, two-dimensional dead birds, to dancing, flying, hunting, feeding, living, breathing birds drawn within their native habitat with scientifically accurate trees and flowers, including the differences between male and female birds, creating truly informative and inspiring paintings. Every wildlife artist since has given his due to John James Audubon. Born as the illegitimate son of a plantation owner involved in the slave trade, his father also ran the British blockades and helped America to win our revolution. Audubon later lied about his birth claiming to have been born in the Louisiana Territory before Napoleon sold it to Jefferson, so he could claim American citizenship. He was mostly self-taught as an artist, developing a unique technique of wiring birds into position and then painting them predominately in watercolors, but using some gouache and pastel crayons to add texture. These original paintings were then rendered into copper engravings by Robert Havell Jr. in London. The prints were hand colored and then sold by subscription. Special paper was needed, double elephant portfolio, so each bird could be painted life size. In the end, there was little profit from this massive project, but The Birds of North America made his reputation. They were later rendered into smaller stone lithography prints by J.T Bowen, (who also engraved the mammals), so that they could reach a broader audience. This is where Audubon made his wealth.


At every stage, Audubon sought the best engravers and was at the cutting edge of printmaking technology. Original Havell Edition prints today range from $1000 for smaller prints in poor condition to $200,000 for mint condition of highly desirable birds. For the best modern reprints, Princeton editions range from $100 $800 in price. But, please note that until recently, Audubon was the most reproduced artist in the world, so many of the cheaper reproductions at local antique stores are worth less than the frame. 3 Audubon painted more than 1000 specimens of 465 different species of birds. 3 Several of the birds he painted are now extinct, including the Carolina Parakeet, Passenger Pigeon, Great Auk, Heath Hen, and the Ivory Billed Woodpecker. 3 The Audubon Society was founded years later by a committee, which included George ‘Bird’ Grinnell, who, as a boy, took lessons from Audubon’s wife, Lucy. Grinnell suggested the name.



In a letter to a friend Audubon’s wife, Lucy, wrote of her husband’s loyalty, saying she knew, “My only rival for my husband’s affection is every bird in North America.”


Brian “Fox” Ellis is a professional storyteller, author, and performer. He has portrayed historical figures including Charles Darwin, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, and Francis of Assisi. He is also the founder and artistic director of Prairie Folklore Theatre, an ensemble of folksingers, storytellers, actors and songwriters based in Illinois, who educate and entertain audiences with programs about midwestern American history. He holds a BA degree from Wilmington College in Ohio.

Here are a few favorite quotes by John James Audubon: “I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could.” “In my deepest troubles, I frequently would wrench myself from the persons around me and retire to some secluded part of our noble forests.” “Neither this little stream, this swamp, this grand sheet of water, nor these mountains will be seen a century hence as I see them now.” “...nothing, after all, could ever answer my enthusiastic desire to represent nature, except to copy her in her own way, alive and moving!”


The Steve Brown Jazz Trio consists of Steve Brown on piano, Paul Martin on bass and Steve Berry on drums. The group plays together only occasionally, but the three musicians have had lots of experience performing together and with other groups. http://stevebrownsmusic.com/


Audubon, John James. Writings and Drawings. Library of Congress/ Penguin Putnam, 1999.

Youth Program: John James Audubon’s Bird Tales Friday, 10 a.m. - Myers Bandshell at Brookside Park Hear the stories of Audubon’s youth, his love for birds, his technique for painting them, and most importantly Audubon’s passion for science and field ecology. In his travels, Audubon frequently camped with Native Americans and will share Native folklore about birds, sing an eagle song, and explore the wild world as he saw it 200 years ago. Adult Program: Becoming a Better Bird Guide Tuesday, 2 p.m. - Kingston of Ashland Whether you have led a hundred trips or have only been birding on your own, this dynamic workshop is poised to help you take it up a few notches to lead truly memorable birding hikes. We will share what works, what engages participants, and what each of us has to offer in this round robin sharing, facilitated by John James Audubon himself!

Hart-Davis, Duff. Audubon’s Elephant. New York: Henry Holt, 2004. Rhodes, Richard. John James Audubon – The Making of an American. New York: Random House, 2004. Souder, William. Under A Wild Sky. New York: North Point Press, 2004. Streshinsky, Shirley. Audubon – Life and Art in the American Wilderness. New York: Random House, 1993.


with Brian “Fox” Ellis Thursday, July 18 | 6:15 a.m. Ashland Cemetery meet at gates on West Main



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a Baker, as she was called, had the gift of renewal to the delight and admiration of international audiences. Who would expect a little colored gal from the poor side of St. Louis to achieve such heights? Born June 3, 1906, her childhood consisted of foraging for coal scraps in railroad yards to keep her family warm, working as a live-in domestic while still in elementary school, and dropping out of school at age 13, escaping into a short-lived marriage. But she loved music and performing. In a city bursting with the spirit and rhythm of jazz, Baker was a perfect match. Known for her contortionist positions, striking ebony features and goofy, cross-eyed face, she began as a street performer, clowning

Josephine Baker

Innovative & Talented, but Racial Acceptance only in France


1906 Born Freda Josephine June 3 in St. Louis to Carrie McDonald and Eddie Carson 1919 Dropped out of school before joining the Jones Family Band. Made her debut at the Booker T. Washington Theater and left town with the Dixie Steppers 1922

Joined the cast of Shuffle Along

1925 Recruited by Caroline Dudley to sail to Paris to open on October 2 in La Revue Nègre 1926

Debuted in her own show at the Folies-Bergère in Paris

1936 Returned to the United States to star in Ziegfeld Follies in New York City 1939 Recruited to work for French military intelligence during World War II 1943 Began touring to entertain Allied troops 1946 Awarded the Medal of the Resistance with Rosette by the French government 1951 Honored at Josephine Baker Day in Harlem; faced the reality of discrimination at the Stork Club that led to her being denied re-entry to the United States 1954 Adopted the first of her 12 children of varying nationalities with husband Jo Bouillon 1961 Named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French Government 1963 Robert Kennedy coming to her defense, she attended the March on Washington 1969

Marriage ended and she was evicted from Les Milandes.

1975 Opened in the revue Josephine in Paris April 8; died of cerebral hemorrhage April 12


by Vernice Jackson

her way from Black Vaudeville to Broadway. Caroline Dudley invited her to join an all Negro company bound for Paris. In 1926, paired with Joe Alex in a number entitled Dance Savage, she was catapulted into the spotlight, quickly becoming a “must see” entertainer. Her popularity easily could have faded, had it not been for some good advice. It compared her success to a man’s relationship with his mistress. In the beginning, a man is attracted to a woman because she is exotic, exciting, and different from his wife. However, as time passes and she becomes common, he begins to lose interest and seeks another that will recreate that same sense of excitement. If the woman is smart, she will continually surprise the man to keep him coming back for more. Josephine clearly understood she was the mistress and her public, the man. If her routines remained the same, she would become predictable and her attraction would fade. But, if she evolved, always offering something different, her popularity would endure. Baker endured for more than 50 years. She enhanced her skills by taking acting, dance and singing lessons. Making up for the lack of education, she learned proper etiquette and mastered multiple languages to become a citizen of the world. During the 1930’s, Baker toured Europe, recorded for Columbia Records, and starred in two films, Zou-Zou and Princess TamTam. In 1935, Josephine returned to the United States, hoping for acceptance. However, the American critics were not ready for a black woman with the style, grace, and sophistication. The




ABOUT VERNICE JACKSON prejudice she experienced in her childhood remained. Embracing the racial acceptance she experienced in Europe, Josephine became a French citizen. With the rise of Hitler, Europe’s transformation affected Baker in several ways. In a Europe split with hate and intolerance, Baker engaged in undercover work for the French Resistance during World War II. She became an “Honorable correspondent” and sub-lieutenant in the Women’s Auxiliary of the French Air Force. In the 1940’s, Josephine moved to Morocco, performing for the resistance in that region. Never forgetting her humble beginnings, she spoke out against social injustice, promoting racial tolerance. Baker returned to France after the war. Focused on being a living example that the races could live together in harmony, Josephine and husband Jo Bouillon adopted twelve children from around the world, calling them their “rainbow tribe”. In the following decades, countries around the globe flocked to her shows, while acceptance in America remained a struggle. After being refused service in New York’s Stork Club, Josephine engaged in a media battle with columnist Walter Winchell, negatively impacted both their careers. Baker was labeled a Communist and banned from re-entering the U.S. until Attorney General Robert Kennedy smoothed the way for her to participate in the March on Washington in 1963. Baker was relentless in delivering her message of equality, although suffering financial difficulties and poor health in her final years. Four days after the opening of Josephine, a show based on her life, she died April 12, 1975 in her beloved France.

DAYTIME PROGRAMS Youth Program: A Dramatic Reading of “The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker” Wednesday, 2 p.m. - Ashland Public Library Vernice Jackson will engage the audience in an interactive dramatic reading of selected chapters from the children’s book “Josephine–The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker” by Patricia Hruby Powell. As the story unfolds, small groups will participate in creating scenes from Josephine’s early years as a clown. Adult Program: A  Talk with Josephine upon Returning to the USA - 1963 Friday, 11 a.m. - Mill Run Place In character as Josephine Baker, scholar Vernice Jackson will share details of Baker’s quest to regain entry into the United States after being labeled a Communist by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Listeners will learn how Attorney General Robert Kennedy came to her defense by lifting the ban, allowing her to deliver a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington. The audience will engage in a talkback regarding her participation in that historic event.

Vernice Jackson is a business consultant as well as a Chautauqua scholar. She has a BA in Communications from Baldwin-Wallace College, where she also taught for several years. She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Development and Analysis from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Her performance career includes directing the 15-member Women In History organization as well as portrayals of Josephine Baker and other African American women.


Luca’s music is a glorious blend of her native Brazil with a touch of downtown New York. She mines the deep melodic roots of her country’s heritage, creating musical gems that she polishes with the lightest of touches. Luca’s music has been featured in the American movie “End of Watch” (2013), “The Visitor” (2008), ABC TV Show “Mistresses” (2013) TV Show “Californication” (2008), the independent movie “Kissing Paris” (2008), and the Brazilian TV show “TiTiTi” a telenovela (2010). Winner of 2008 Independent Music Award in the World Fusion category. www.lucamundaca.com

JOSEPHINE BAKER BIBLIOGRAPHY Baker, Jean-Claude & Chris Chase. Josephine – The Hungry Heart. New York: Random House, 1993. Baker, Josephine & Jo Bouillon (translated by Mariana Fitzpatrick). Josephine. New York: Harper & Row, 1977. Baker, Josephine. “The Evolving Motherhood of Josephine Baker” WNYC Audio recording at the 1964 Meeting of the Overseas Press Club, https://www.wnyc.org/story/192729-josephine-baker/. Cawley, Janet. “The Black Pearl: The Electrifying, Scandalous Life of Josephine Baker,” Biography Magazine, May 2000. Hammond, Bryan & Patrick O’Connor. Josephine Baker. London: Jonathan Cape, 1988. Haney, Lynn. Naked at the Feast: The Biography of Josephine Baker. London: Robson Books, 1981. Henderson, Mae G. & Charlene B. Regester B. The Josephine Baker Critical Reader: Selected Writings on the Entertainer and Activist Writings on the Entertainer and Activist. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2017. Powell, Patricia Hruby. Josephine – The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1951. Rose, Phyllis. Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time. New York: Doubleday Dell, 1989. Wood, Ean. The Josephine Baker Story. London: Sanctuary Publishing, 2000.



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erhaps more than any other designer in fashion history, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel has a pervading influence on what women wear and how they wear it. Although she died nearly a halfcentury ago, her ideas continue to inspire today’s fashion designers. Yet many know her only by Chanel No. 5, a fragrance created by an entrepreneur who also inspired future generations of women into trousers, the LBD and strings of pearls, a lady determined to not allow her disadvantaged beginning to stand in the way of her creativity, drive for independence and financial success. Gabrielle Chanel was born in 1883 in France’s Loire Valley to a peddler and a frail young woman who died when Gabrielle was 12. Her father had no inclination to travel the market circuit while raising five children, so his three daughters were dropped off at a convent orphanage, and the boys were sent to do farm labor. As a charity case, Gabrielle learned quickly how to be a survivor: think

Coco Chanel

Liberating Women with Innovative Fashion


1883 Born August 19, Saumur, Auvergne, France. 1904 Works in a lingerie and linen shop and for a tailor in Moulins. 1907 Meets English tycoon Arthur “Boy” Capel, who will back genesis of Chanel’s fashion empire. 1910 Establishes millinery salon at 21 rue Cambon, Paris; millinery designs provoke notice. 1913 Establishes shop in Deauville, marketing concept of casual, comfortable clothing. 1915 Opens Chanel-Biarritz, her first fashion house, meets and works with Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Ballets Russe impresario Sergei Diaghilev, Igor Stravinsky, and Salvador Dali. 1919

Opens House of Chanel at 31 rue Cambon, Paris.

1921 Creates Chanel No. 5, later strikes business deal with Pierre Wertheimer on formula and future production. 1923 Begins relationship with Duke of Westminster, who influences her menswear derivatives. 1931 Samuel Goldwyn woos Chanel to Hollywood for movie costume design. 1939 Closes house of Chanel upon advance of Nazi army. 1954 Wertheimers buy out the House of Chanel; sole control of design remains with Coco Chanel. 1957 Travels to Dallas to receive “Most Influential Designer” Award from Neiman Marcus. 1971 Dies in Paris on January 10; buried at Lausanne, Switzerland.


by Annette Baldwin

fast, make do, be charming, shrewd, imaginative, and resourceful. She knew all along that she wanted to express herself, make a mark, to forget all the poverty of her childhood. In examining the early experiences of this audacious woman, along with the conventions and fashion of the époque in which she grew up, we discover the enormous power her personal history had on her work. Her artistic expression is infused with the visual effects of her environment. Consider the origins of her famous black and white color combination, and it is easy to connect to her convent upbringing. Chanel was a keen observer, taking inspiration from nearly everything within her sightline. By the late teens her “radical” ideas were in step with the enormous changes in art, architecture, music, and fashion already emerging before the 1920s. Coco Chanel’s brainchild of giving women a sense of confidence and security through loose, uncomplicated clothing confirmed that her vantage point was unique from her contemporaries in the design world. She inspired millions of women to throw away ridiculous constraining fashion, allowing freedom of movement. In spite of her power and the fame she enjoyed in her lifetime, there were criticisms, primarily from competitors. When Chanel dared to make a stunning visual statement by creating the Little Black Dress, she was disavowing black as a color solely for mourning and promoting it for dining and flirtatious dancing. As the decades slipped by and she continued to modify her simple, straight-


falling jacket, Chanel’s detractors found her work little more than repetitive, not inventive, no artistic twists. She retorted that fashion was not art, expressing disgust, for example, for designer Paul Poiret’s use of dazzling color and lavish application of trim and other decoration for his garments, accusing the brilliant, early liberator of women from their confining clothing, of designing costumes rather than wearable clothing. Was Chanel an artist? She denied it. In Human Motivation, Robert E. Franken recognizes creativity as being able “to view things from a different perspective.” Franken also asserts that “for something to be creative, it is not enough for it to be novel; it must have value...” This assertion absolutely places Chanel at the helm of ingenuity. But is it art? Karl Lagereld, today’s head designer of the House of Chanel claims, “Art is art; fashion is fashion.” Others argue they coexist. Fashion can easily be considered living, moving art on the street – a human mobile, good or bad, just as any art form, and it’s free to the viewer. Chanel had an uncanny ability to predict what was about to happen in the world of fashion, as well as a knack for convincing women that her creations were exactly what they wanted. These skills, along with being the best model for the clothing she designed, paved the way for her extraordinary success, tremendous wealth and everlasting fame. By the end of the century in which she made her fortune, Australia’s Financial Review named her one of the top ten tycoons of the 20th century. But more importantly, her easy,



uncomplicated clothes set the world of society and its ostentatious, self-conscious, uncomfortable fashion back on its heels. The lasting impact of Coco Chanel on women’s fashion and how we think about the way we dress cannot be overstated. She had a difficult and painful past, and to rise above the adversity and reward herself for having survived it, Chanel constructed the greatest creation of all – the recreation of herself.


Annette Baldwin has spent more than twenty years portraying influential and unconventional women: Jane Addams, Susan B. Anthony, Coco Chanel, Louise Nevelson, and Elizabeth Van Lew. She has appeared in nearly 200 cities across the U.S, with multiple performances in the Chautauquas of Colorado, Nevada, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Maryland. Annette has performed at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and she is a former Illinois Humanities Road Scholar.

DAYTIME PROGRAMS Adult Program: Is Fashion Art? Thursday, 10 a.m. - Ashland Public Library - Adult Program Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli were archrivals of Coco Chanel, although their work was dissimilar in nearly every way. Chanel built her empire around the idea of simplicity and comfort. Poiret was one of the most important designers to lead women out of the late 19th and very early 20th centuries with its uncomfortable and superfluous fashion, but his creations had little to do with day-to-day living. Schiaparelli was about surprise and eccentricity, yet her designs were wearable. Through this Visual Journey, we’ll take a look at some of Poiret’s, Schiaparelli’s, and Chanel’s creations, compare them and decide if Fashion is Art.. Adult Program: The Arts & the Art of Dressing: 1920s Style Tuesday, 1 p.m. - Ashland County Council on Aging Fashion, architecture, the fine arts, and the decorative arts of the 1920s were fresh, bold, and “shocking.” There is probably no other decade where the art disciplines inspired each other and overlapped until they were inextricably linked. Through this lively and vivid Visual Journey into the design of the first modern decade, you’ll discover the new, daring style, its’ mysterious forms, and strange color combinations which dictated the mode of the Roaring Twenties, as Victorian and Edwardian restrictions on art and conduct were swiftly pushed aside. What was the result? Learn, too, what and who inspired the artistic tastes of the Jazz Age.


Steven Stanley is a singer/songwriter from Mansfield, Ohio. His awards include Ohio Music Awards 2015 song of the year in the “Adult Contemporary” category, a finalist in 2016 & 2017 at the Columbus Songwriters Association Annual contest and first place in the Adult category at the Ohio Theatre’s talent contest. He is a skilled acoustic guitar player and singer. Stanley mainly plays close to home in Ohio venues, but has played up and down the east coast, and as far away as Brazil. www.reverbnation.com/stevenstanley9

CHANEL BIBLIOGRAPHY Charles-Roux, Edmonde. Chanel and Her World: Friends, Fashion, and Fame. New York: The Vendome Press, 2005. De La Haye, Amy & Shelley Tobin. Chanel: The Couturiere at Work, New York: The Overlook Press, 1994. Garelick. Rhonda K. Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History, New York: Random House, 2014. Madsen, Axel. A Woman of Her Own. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1990. Morand, Paul. The Allure of Chanel. London: Pushkin Press, 2008. (Published in French, 1976) Picardie, Justine. Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life. New York: It Books (HarperCollins), 2010.



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ill Rogers was not a simple man who could be summed up by a single label. To say Will was “just a cowboy,” or a “cowboy philosopher,” or a movie star, or a newspaper columnist, or a radio humorist is to miss parts of the truth about him. Like a true cowboy, Will respected the land and its creatures, longed for freedom and adventure, and tried to help the less fortunate. But, Will Rogers was not just a cowboy. Will was all of these, and more. Will was part Cherokee Indian, born in Indian Territory in 1879. Some people considered Indians inferior, but Will spoke proudly of his Indian heritage and often mentioned his ties to prominent Indian men and women. His father, Clem Rogers, was a descendent of Cherokee “Old Settlers.” He drove cattle, fought in the Civil War, ran a ranch, organized and operated a bank, served in the Cherokee legislature and as a tribal judge, and played a role in the politics of the emerging state of Oklahoma.

Will Rogers

Artistry in the Common Touch


Born in Indian Territory


Living mostly on family ranch, attending various schools

1900-1908 Travels in U.S. and abroad; beginnings in show business (Wild West shows and vaudeville) 1908-19 Marriage to Betty Blake; life in New York and on vaudeville circuits 1915-27

With Ziegfeld Follies (seasonally)


Movie contract with Goldwyn and move to California

1922-35 Newspaper, radio, movie, and touring performances, in U.S. and abroad; increasing fame and financial success; increasing visibility as a political and social critic and humorist 1924-35 Movie contracts with Hal Roach, and with Fox Pictures (talkies) 1935

Death in Alaska in plane crash with Wiley Post

COFFEE WITH THE SCHOLARS AT DOWNTOWN PERK Join us for an informal gathering of the scholars and committee members at Downtown Perk on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings from 8:30-9:30 a.m.


by Doug Watson

Will’s mother, Mary America Schrimsher Rogers, descended from Cherokees who traveled the Trail of Tears. Her death in 1890 was a blow to ten-year-old Will. “Some say I got my sense of humor from my mother,” he said, “but what I remember is her love and understanding.” Will attended several schools in Indian Territory before Clem sent him to a military school. But Will “quit education” and set out for a ranch job in Texas. He returned to manage his father’s cattle operation for a year before his restlessness took him to South America, South Africa, and Australia. By the time he returned to the U.S., he had spun ropes in Wild West shows as the “Cherokee Kid.” Will’s star rose as he performed in Wild West shows, vaudeville, and the sophisticated Ziegfeld Follies in New York. Spinning ropes and telling gags based on “what I read in the papers,” he entertained audiences wherever he went. Will had met Betty Blake before he left for Argentina in 1902, but she resisted wedding bells until 1908. Betty followed Will to New York, became his advisor, manager, wife, and best friend. They lived near New York City. Their children were born there; Betty kept the home and managed their finances while Will performed on stage. In 1919 Will signed a movie contract with Samuel Goldwyn and the family moved to California. Movies, radio, newspapers, and stage shows—they all wanted a part of Will Rogers. “I’m just an old country boy in the city,” he had told his father, “but I’m eatin’ pretty


regular, and I think it’s because I’ve stayed an old country boy.” There were disappointments too. Goldwyn didn’t renew the movie contract, so Will decided to produce his own films. This was a mistake that left him deep in debt; he had to return to New York and work for Ziegfeld for parts of the next several years. The death of their youngest child Fred in 1920 was a stunning blow for Will and Betty. Will worked hard to overcome the financial losses. Will had become famous, but he found his greatest happiness at home, doing simple things with his family and friends. In his twenty-one movies for Twentieth-Century Fox, Will mostly played himself in the guise of a character, but the public loved the characters and put Will atop the movie charts. On his weekly radio show, he mixed personal and political commentary with gags; the programs were not unplanned, but Will’s remarks were often impromptu. The show was punctuated by an on-air alarm clock, yet another gag that delighted his fans. He traveled widely and befriended men of fame and power, but the truth and genius of Will Rogers was his ability to understand and voice the concerns of the common man. His written and spoken comments about politics, personalities and places became the common man’s window on the world. Politicians and celebrities made easy targets for his often-quoted gags, but the public loved more his folksy movie portrayals and his reminders of the needs of the unfortunate. He crossed the country speaking to and for them, raising and contributing money to help them. They flocked to see and cheer him. Will’s life ended too soon, in an airplane crash in 1935. His simple advice, “Get yourself a few laughs, do the best you can, and live honest,” became a motto for many. His quips like “All I know is what I read in the papers” and “I never met a man I didn’t like” live on.

DAYTIME PROGRAMS Youth Program: Rogers’ film, “The Ropin’ Fool” (1922) Thursday, 1 p.m. - Salvation Army Kroc Center Topics for discussion will include the nature of silent film, reasons for Rogers’ own production, the early use of slow-motion, Rogers’ record of his early show business activity – rope spinning. Adult Program: Will Rogers’ Spirit, Wisdom, and Humor: A Workshop Discussion Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. – Loudonville Golden Center Will Rogers was a humorist, but he is appropriately remembered for more than his gags. His personal spirit of common-folk talk and behavior and his insights into the events and circumstances of his age —these characteristics are a touchstone for responsible living in a democratic society. Will’s “comedy” often seemed to be a sort of spontaneous, folksy commentary, but it was rarely so accidental as his readers and listeners may have supposed. In this workshop, scholar Doug Watson will lead a discussion about the characteristics of Will Rogers’ humor.




Doug Watson has been an active Chautauquan for nearly three decades. In addition to portraying actor, humorist and social commentator Will Rogers in Chautauqua settings, he has worked for the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, presenting a “Will Rogers in the Schools” program in 200 schools. He has a Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University and is retired from Oklahoma Baptist University.


Charlie is an award-winning songwriter, performer, and advocate for American folk music. From his early roots as a street musician and popular open mic host, he nurtured his songwriting, musicianship, and stagecraft and today performs for major festivals and concert series throughout the US. As a folk music advocate, Charlie continues to organize local open mics and serves as the president for Folknet and vice president to FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest). In 2011 he was listed as Cleveland’s Best Singer-Songwriter in a Scene Magazine readers poll. Charlie has helped to continue the legacy of Woody Guthrie’s music. Suffering an incomplete spinal cord injury in 2010, Charlie now spends much of his time using a wheelchair and cane for mobility. Charlie performs monthly for patients at Cleveland’s Metrohealth Spinal cord injury rehabilitation unit.

ROGERS BIBLIOGRAPHY Carter, Joseph. The Quotable Will Rogers. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith, 2005. Collins, Reba (Ed.) Will Rogers Says. Bethany, OK: Quaid, 2008. Rogers, Betty. Will Rogers: His Wife’s Story. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma, 1979 (first published 1941). Sterling, Bryan. The Best of Will Rogers. New York: Fine Communications, 1997. White, Richard D., Jr. Will Roger: A Political Life. Lubbock TX: Texas Tech Press, 2011. Will Rogers: American Politics. DVD. RSU Public Television, 2012. www.willrogers.com - Website of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum (access to writings, virtual tour, podcasts about Rogers, and more). Yagoda, Ben. Will Roger: A Biography. New York: Knopf, 1993; Norman OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2000. (This remains the best biography of Rogers.)



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ASHLAND CHAUTAUQUA 2019 is made possible with additional support from:

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ASHLAND CHAUTAUQUA 2019 COMMITTEE Deleasa Randall-Griffiths Ashland University Laurie Beech McCready Interiors Ryane Briggs Ashland High School Lori Byron Ashland University Amy Daubenspeck Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Stacy Prochazka Ashland Middle School/Myers Memorial Band Shell Dorothy Stratton Ashland University (Professor Emerita) Judith Webster Myers Memorial Band Shell FOUNDING MEMBER: Tricia Applegate Ashland University 14

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Ohio Chautauqua 2000: Creating the 20th Century: Ohio Voices 3 Branch Rickey - John C. “Chuck” Chalberg 3 Thomas Edison – Hank Fincken 3 Paul Laurence Dunbar – Herbert Martin 3 Victoria Woodhull – Sarah Longman Payne 3 John D. Rockefeller - Damian Bowerman

Ohio Chautauqua 2001: Buckeyes in the Civil War 3 Ulysses S. Grant – George Dauler 3 Sojourner Truth – Annette Jefferson 3 William Tecumseh Sherman –Ted Kachel 3 George Armstrong Custer – Jeremy Meier 3 Emma Edmonds – Karen Vuranch

Ohio Chautauqua 2002: The Ohio Frontier 3 John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) – Hank Fincken 3 Mary Draper Ingles – Karen Vuranch 3 Margaret Blennerhassett – Debra Conner 3 Chief John Logan – Dan Cutler 3 Simon Kenton – Ken Hammontree

Ashland Chautauqua 2003: World War II at Home & Abroad 3 Dwight D. Eisenhower – Ken Hammontree 3 Harry Truman – Noel Pugach 3 Ernie Pyle – Michael Hughes 3 Eleanor Roosevelt- Tanya Griffith 3 Ashland Memories of World War II Written/Directed by Deleasa Randall-Griffiths

Ashland Chautauqua 2004: The Wild, Wild West 3 Buffalo Bill Cody – Peter Sherayko 3 Molly Brown – Tanya Griffith 3 Calamity Jane – Leah Schwartz 3 Jim Bridger – Michael Hughes 3 Wyatt Earp – Wyatt Earp

Ohio Chautauqua 2005: The Roaring Twenties 3 John Dillinger – Jeremy Meier 3 Zora Neale Hurston – Dorothy Mains Prince 3 Zelda Fitzgerald – Debra Conner 3 Babe Ruth – Gene Worthington 3 Henry Ford – Hank Fincken

20 Years Ashland Chautauqua 2006: The Great Depression 3 Franklin D. Roosevelt – Ed Beardsley 3 George Orwell – John C. “Chuck” Chalberg 3 Margaret Mitchell – Debra Conner 3 Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd – Ken Hammontree 3Q  uilted Memories: Ashland County and the Great Depression – Written/Directed by Deleasa Randall-Griffiths

Ashland Chautauqua 2007: Sport & Society 3 Howard Cosell – John Moser 3 Bobby Jones – John C. “Chuck” Chalberg 3 Alta Weiss – Susan Brewer 3 Jackie Robinson – Greg Kenney 3 Joe Louis – Hasan Davis

Ashland Chautauqua 2008: Literary Legends 3 Mark Twain – George Frein 3 Harriet Beecher Stowe – Emma Palzere Rae 3 Henry David Thoreau – Kevin Radaker 3 Emily Dickinson – Debra Conner 3 Edgar Allen Poe – David Skipper

Ashland Chautauqua 2009: American Dreams: Progress in Business & Industry 3 Walt Disney – Bill Worley 3 Julia Childs – Karen Vuranch 3 Benjamin Franklin – Christopher Lowell 3 Juana Briones – Olga Loya 3A  shland County Dreamers Written/Directed by Deleasa Randall-Griffiths

Ohio Chautauqua 2010: The 1930s 3 W. C. Fields – Hank Fincken 3 Margaret Mitchell – Debra Conner 3 Paul Robeson – Marvin Jefferson 3 Eleanor Roosevelt – Susan Marie Frontczak 3 Orson Welles – Michael Hughes

Ashland Chautauqua 2011: Adventurers & Explorers 3 Christopher Columbus – Hank Fincken 3 Theodore Roosevelt – John C. “Chuck” Chalberg 3 Amelia Earhart – Elsa Wolff 3 Francisco Pizarro – Hank Fincken

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Ashland Chautauqua 2012: The Fabulous Fifties 3 Pee Wee Reese – Dick Usher 3 Joseph McCarthy – John Moser 3 Rachel Carson – Dianne Moran 3 Pearl Buck – Karen Vuranch 3 Sarah Ophelia Colley (Minnie Pearl) – Elsa Wolff

Ashland Chautauqua 2013: Legends of the Silver Screen 3 Jack Warner – Doug Mischler 3 Ethel Waters – Ilene Evans 3 William Faulkner – John Anderson 3 D. W. Griffith – Doug Mischler 3 Louella Parsons – Karen Vuranch

Ashland Chautauqua 2014: Poetry & Prose 3 Robert Frost – John Anderson 3 Ted Geisel – George Frein 3 C. S. Lewis – Kevin Radaker 3 Miep Gies – Dianne Moran 3 Edith Wharton – Karen Vuranch

Ashland Chautauqua 2015: 200 Years of Progress, Celebrating Ashland’s Bicentennial 3 Louis Bromfield – John Anderson 3 Woodrow Wilson – Bill Young 3 Carrie Chapman Catt – Deleasa Randall-Griffiths 3Ashland Memories of World War II – Written by Deleasa Randall-Griffiths 3Dr. Mary Walker – Debra Conner

Ashland Chautauqua 2016: Voices of Freedom 3 Harriet Tubman – Ilene Evans 3 Lucy Stone – Judith Black 3 Mary Chesnut – Dianne Moran 3 Frederick Douglass – Charles Everett Pace 3 Clara Barton – Karen Vuranch

Ashland Chautauqua 2017: Voices of Courage 3 Rosa Parks – Becky Stone 3 Bessie Coleman – Ilene Evans 3 Mother Jones – Karen Vuranch 3 Maria Von Trapp – Elsa Wolff 3 Martin Luther King Jr. – Marvin Jefferson

Ashland Chautauqua 2018: Oceans, Rivers, and Seas 3 Herman Melville – George Frein 3 Grace O’Malley – Karen Vuranch 3 Henry Beston – John Anderson 3 Edith Russell – Debra Conner 3 York – Hasan Davis



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JUSTIN PHILLIP REED Reading: Tues., July 23, 7 p.m. Craft Seminar: Wed., July 24, 1:30-3 p.m.

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HANIF ABDURRAQIB Reading: Mon., July 29, 7 p.m. Craft Seminar: Tues., July 30, 1:30-3 p.m.

Plus craft seminars and readings by our faculty: Dexter Booth, Brian Conn, Lauren Markham, Sarah Monette, Nayomi Munaweera, Sandra Simonds, Michael Spurgeon & Naomi J. Williams Publishing Panel featuring Mary Biddinger, Kelly Caldwell, Cassie Donish, Eric Obenauf & Hilary Plum: Sat., July 27, 1:30-3 p.m. Readings & Publishing Panel: 138 Schar (Ronk Lecture Hall) | Craft Seminars: Dauch 105 401 College Ave. | Ashland, OH | 44805 Plenty of parking & handicap accessible For more information and a schedule of public events, visit www.ashland.edu/summerreadingseries The Ashland University MFA Program is grateful to the Ohio Arts Council for funding that helps make this program possible. 16








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Winston Churchill

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