The Florida Chautauqua Assembly is a 4-day educational program for families featuring famous keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, performance teas, evening dinner performances and exhibits relating to an annual theme.
2017 Florida Chautauqua Assembly
Join us during our journey this January 26th through the 29th as we explore Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society.
Below are a few of the presentations you will be able to enjoy during the 2017 Assembly. More will be posted as they are finalized.
Excursion to Piney Grove Church
Small country Churchs were always the backbone of early communities in America. These small buildings served not only the spiritual needs of the communities, but as meeting places, courtrooms, public halls, and places of celebration. Join us as we take an excursion to visit one of these Churchs and learn it history and role it played in the community. Discover how communities used these small buildings to come together, in joy and sadness. Learn about how many times multiple denominations used one building as their Church. Witness a demonstration of one of America’s earliest forms of music in Sacred Harp Singing.
“History and Practice of Violin Crafting and Repair” with John Lohr. The presentations will begin with the history and origin of the violin, one of the oldest technologies to have changed little in the past 200 years, the harvesting and curing of the wood used in the making of an instrument and the physics and test equipment employed, the tools, the preparation, and maintenance (sharpening) unique to this technology as well as their use, the types and uses of violin strings and modern materials and designs that are under development for the future.
John is a young 92 year old gentleman with many stories to tell and a personality that will have you hanging onto every word. A man who earns the title, “the most interesting man in the world!”
Thinking about a Career in Foreign Affairs
No career offers more variety, satisfaction, sense of service, and pure enjoyment than that of a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. Greg Garland, a 27-year veteran of the Foreign Service, will present a lively description of the kind of work he has done over the years, the people he has met, and the places he has seen. He will explain how to plan for career in a foreign affairs agency—what to do, what not to do, and when to do it. If you are looking to serve your country, see the world, and do interesting, meaningful work, this may be the career for you.
From The Dixie to the Interstate: How Transportation Technology Built the Sunshine State
For centuries, Florida was accessible only by boat. While railroads opened up some of our state to human habitation and development, Florida’s astounding growth in the 20th Century is inconceivable without the development of the automobile and its necessary companion, the paved highway. Without the auto and our state’s highway system, Florida would still be largely a land of farms and elite coastal resorts. For better or worse, autos and highways made Florida accessible to the rest of America. This new technology has benefited, and at times harmed, Florida. Without it, much of Florida’s farm produce would be forced to go by train or boat. Our modern tourist state would be unthinkable without our state’s road system. At the same time, the very thing that attracts tourists, Florida’s climate and ecology, have been decimated by the mass influx of cars and the paving over of our state, to say nothing of the impact of road building on Florida’s politics. Tom will explain this history and how it has played out over the last century in Florida.
Moni Bolan (Lewis and Clark Performance Tea)
Discover Lewis and Clarks Corps of Discovery Medicine Chest.
Join that famous explorer Meriwether Lewis, as he tells the story of how he met with Dr. Benjamin Rush in May 1803, to learn about medicine and receive some “medical training” prior to the expedition westward. Dr. Rush, (one of our founding fathers, and signer of the Declaration of Independence) loaded Lewis’s medicine kit with 50 dozen of the infamous “Dr. Rush’s Bilious Pills” or as they were affectionately know by the men as “Thunderclappers” or “Rush’s Thunderbolts”. The pills contained calomel (Mercuric Oxide) and colocynth which caused a “drastic and powerful purging of the bowels” as was the medical thinking of the day to cure whatever ailed you
Historical Points of Interest in Walton County, Florida
During her time completing her internship with the Walton County GIS Department, Ms Ryals ventured into Story Mapping, using various programs to accomplish this. During this presentation, Ms. Ryals will introduce the audience to the field of GIS, and its continued importance to Marketing, tourism, to local and state governments. The Story Map contains multiple maps of Walton County including historical, regional with historical points in each region. These include Native American sites, African American sites and even touches on gas and oil exploration. Using these tools, Ms Ryals will be able to show a different perspective of the history of Walton County and its importance to the past, present, and future.
Supernumerary Intelligence: A New Approach to Analytics for Management
Much of our life is consumed looking for quantitative relationships. For example, How much more sleep do I need at night to make me feel better? How many calories do I need to eliminate to lose weight? How much larger does my budget on the job need to be for me to be more effective? All these quantitative questions are preceded, and depend on, qualitative questions. For example, before I decide how much extra sleep I need at night, I need to determine if extra sleep will actually make me feel better. In another example, I need to determine if a larger budget will make me more effective on the job, before I think about how much more money I will need. What elements influence job performance, and how do they interact? We spend much of our life trying to find answers to such quantitative and qualitative questions. We are, then, in search of a kind of intelligence that includes numbers but is also above and beyond them. We call it 'supernumerary' intelligence (Si). To aid our quest for Si, we use Quantitative CyberQuest (Qcq) and the Public Administration Genome Project (Pagp) as useful tools. QcQ is a philosophy as well as an analytic tool that helps in exploring the supernumerary. QcQ is particularly well suited for sorting out variables as well as their interrelations. It involves a combination of statistics, systems analysis, research methodology, qualitative research, and artificial intelligence. QcQ also provides a relatively easy to understand but still powerful set of tools and guidance mechanisms to pilot (the 'Cyber' part) users in their 'Quest' for supernumerary relationships.
How Technology Drives U.S. Foreign Relations
Technology is power. Understand that,and you begin to understand a good part of America’s relationship with the rest of the world. Technology has benefited, and at times harmed, our country most clearly in warfare from our War for Independence to today’s cyber-attacks. It also has played a more subtle role in changing the very nature of international relations. Where once diplomatic messages took months to cross the Atlantic,leaving ambassadors to make important decisions on their own, nowadays instant communications has rendered diplomats into messengers rather than decision-makers. Effective leadership to fight disease made the Panama Canal possible and stopped Ebola in its tracks. At the same time,technology has weakened state institutions, including borders, as easy travel and rapid messaging has opened up the world to more and more people. Greg will piece all this together into a fascinating look at how technology has made the world a very different place requiring different policy approaches.
Throughout the weekend, visit with Sidney J Catts, former Governor of Florida, and Meriweather Lewis, that famed explorer of the Westward Expansion. Explore our exhibits on the historic grounds of the Florida Chautauqua located around Lake DeFuniak.
These are but a few of the experiances awaiting you at the 2017 Florida Chautauqua Assembly.
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The dates for the 2017 Florida Chautauqua Assembly will be January 26-29, 2017.
Ticket and Passport sales will begin November, 2016.