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Reverend Dr. M. Craig Barnes was raised on Long Island, New York. After graduating from The King’s College and Princeton Theological Seminary, he received a Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from The University of Chicago.
Rev. Barnes has served as a pastor to three congregations, including The National Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. In the fall of 2002, he became the Meneilly Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Pittsburgh Seminary, while also serving as the senior pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. In 2012 he was elected president of Princeton Theological Seminary.
Dr. Barnes has eight published books, including Searching for Home, The Pastor as Minor Poet, and Body and Soul. He also serves as an Editor at Large and frequent contributor to The Christian Century.
Craig is married to Dawne Hess Barnes, who is an interior decorator. They have three delightful children and two hairy dogs.
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Host Matt Ewalt, Associate Director of Education and Youth Services will talk with Chautauqua President Michael Hill.
Video of young artist performances at Chautauqua during the 2017 season.Moderator(s):
Managing editor, Time magazine
Nancy Gibbs is managing editor of Time, which has 50 million readers worldwide. She oversees the domestic, international and tablet editions of the magazine, Time.com, Time mobile and Time for Kids. Gibbs was named Time’s 17th managing editor in 2013, and is the first woman to hold the position.
Named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the 10 best magazine writers in the country, she is the author of more than 150 Time cover stories and many back-page essays. Gibbs’ story for the black-bordered special issue on Sept. 11, 2001, won the National Magazine Award. She was the lead Time writer on virtually every major news event from Oklahoma City to Hurricane Katrina, as well as the last five presidential campaigns; after the 2008 election, Politico described her as “the poet laureate of presidents.”
A frequent commentator on radio and television and former essayist on the “PBS NewsHour,” Gibbs has twice served as the Ferris Professor at Princeton, where she taught a seminar on “Politics and the Press.” She graduated from Yale and has a degree in politics and philosophy from Oxford, where she was a Marshall scholar. Gibbs, a lifelong Chautauquan, has appeared several times on the morning lecture platform.
David Von Drehle
Columnist, The Washington Post
David Von Drehle was, for 10 years, editor-at-large for Time magazine, a position he took after several editorships at The Washington Post. It was announced earlier this summer that in August, von Drehle will return to the Post as a staff columnist, writing twice-weekly columns.
Von Drehle began his career in journalism at 17 years old, working as a sports writer for The Denver Post. Since then, he has written for The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, and Time. While at the Herald, Von Drehle won a Livingston Award for his 1988 work on a series titled “The Death Penalty: A Failure of Execution.” That piece also earned Von Drehle the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award for excellence in Media and the Arts in 1989 During his tenure with the Miami Herald, Von Drehle also received an American Society of News Editors Distinguished Writing Award. In 1991 Von Drehle became the New York bureau chief for The Washington Post, where he went on to become Arts editor and Assistant Managing Editor in charge of the Style section. He left The Washington Post in 2006 to become Editor-at-Large for Time, where he has written more than 160 articles for that magazine.
Von Drehle is the author of Among the Lowest of the Dead, Deadlock: The Inside Story of America’s Closest Election, Triangle: The Fire that Changed America, and Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year. Von Drehle earned his bachelor's from the University of Denver, and his Masters in Literature as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University.
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Dr. Diane Winston holds the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and teaches on the faculties of Journalism, Communication and Religion. Her current research interests include religion, politics and the news media and also religion and the entertainment media. She is the publisher of Religion Dispatches https://religiondispatches.org, an award-winning daily online magazine of religion, politics and culture.
Winston is currently working on several research projects, including three books: Making America Great: Religion, Reagan and the News Media; Un/Real Religion: Religion and Reality Genres, an edited collection; Lost and Found: Religion in Los Angeles, also an edited collection. Her other books include: The Oxford Handbook on Religion and the American News Media (Oxford University Press, 2012); Small Screen, Big Picture: Television and Lived Religion, editor, (Baylor University Press, 2009); Faith in the Market: Religion and the Rise of Urban Commercial Culture, co-edited with John Giggie (Rutgers University Press, 2002); Red-Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army, (Harvard University Press, 1999).
A national correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows is co-creator, with his wife Deborah, of the publication’s American Futures project. Through that project in partnership with Marketplace, the Fallowses travel the country reporting on the people, organizations, and ideas re-shaping the country. They have just completed a book based on their travels ready for publication in 2017.
James Fallows has written for The Atlantic since the late 1970s, living and reporting in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He is currently based in Washington, DC. In addition to working for The Atlantic, Fallows spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter and two years as the editor of US News & World Report. He has won the National Magazine Award and the American Book Award among other recognitions, and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series “Doing Business in China.”
Founding chairman of the New America Foundation and a frequent public-radio commentator, James Fallows has written 11 other books, including National Defense, Breaking the News, Blind Into Baghdad, and two books based from China, Postcards From Tomorrow Square and China Airborne.Speaker(s):
A Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland is the latest from New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry. It is the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives.
In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, Iowa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than 30 years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse — until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom.
A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouseis more than just inspired storytelling. It is a clarion call for a vigilance that ensures inclusion and dignity for all.
Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Barry writes the “This Land” column for the New York Times. Prior to joining the Times in 1995, Barry worked at the Journal Inquirer and the Providence Journal. At the Providence Journal, Barry received a George Polk Award for his work on an investigation into the causes of a state banking crisis; in 1994, he and the other members of the Journal’s investigative team won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles about Rhode Island’s court system. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2006, for his slice-of-life reports from hurricane-battered New Orleans and from New York, and in 2010, for his “This Land” articles. Barry is the author of Pull Me Up: A Memoir; City Lights: Stories About New York; and Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game.Speaker(s):