CLS: Documentary Week

Engage in thought-provoking documentaries and the stories behind them. This week’s Chautauqua Lecture Series is presented in collaboration with the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum.

JFK: The Last Speech

Monday, Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
In this era of political tension, when civic culture is fractured, when the value of the liberal arts is questioned, a message from 1963 has particular resonance. Twenty-seven days before he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy came to Amherst College to honor the poet Robert Frost. He spoke of the relationship between poetry and power and of a view shared with Frost that power must be exercised, but wisely — tempered by moral restraint that is inspired by the arts and a liberal education. He spoke of the obligation of those “given a running start in life” to serve the public interest. “JFK: The Last Speech” communicates the impact of this message through the stories of Amherst alumni and students and reflections by prominent scholars and political observers. Produced by an award winning filmmaker, this film ignites discourse on enduring values and on our shared responsibility for the public interest. It is a call to action to rebuild our civic sphere — infused with broad sympathy, understanding, and compassion.

Documentary Week

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
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The Biggest Little Farm

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
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Documentary Week

Thursday, Aug 22, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
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The Invalid Corps

Friday, Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall
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Aug 19 - 23, 2024



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