2002 Chautauqua
September 28, 9:30-8:30pm


Built to Inspire, Educate, Entertain"


2002 Chautauqua Programming:

"Centennial Of The Auditorium: Built To Inspire, Educate, Entertain" -  
Sat. Sept. 28, 2002


Dr. Phillip Tabb, Professor of Architecture and Department Head, Texas A&M, College Station, Texas


Discover the sacred in the design of buildings and spaces in this opening address. Join this noted scholar and architect in a journey into antiquity as he reveals the principles that lead to buildings of lasting inspiration.

DR. PHILLIP TABB, Department Head of the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University in College Station, will deliver the keynote address for the 2002 Waxahachie Chautauqua. Dr. Tabb has been a practicing architect and planner for over 30 years in Colorado, England, Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, and Indiana. His specialties include sustainable urbanism, community architecture, sacred architecture, energy and architecture design and village planning, with a special focus on sacred building and place typologies. He has also been a teacher for over 25 year and is a founding director of the Academy for Sacred and Sustainable Architecture Studies.



Arundel Trio (Jennifer Bourianoff, violin; Margaret Coltman-Smith, cello; Felicity Coltman, piano), Austin Chamber Music Center, Austin, Texas

DVORAK, DEBUSSY, RACHMANINOFF: With roots in 19th century Europe, these three monumental composers were writing their most celebrated works at the turn of the 20th century. Delve into their works and their distinct styles and legacies, as the Arundel Trio plays their music and tells their stories.

The ARUNDEL TRIO of the Austin Chamber Music Center will offer an educational performance during the 2002 Waxahachie Chautauqua. Composed of Felicity Coltman, piano, Jennifer Bourianoff, violin and Margaret Coltman-Smith, cello, the group performs regularly around Austin and also tours extensively. In addition to performing with the group, Felicity Coltman is the Founder (in 1981) and Artistic Director of the Austin Chamber Music Center, whose mission is to help musicians and audiences discover the joys and benefits of chamber music, through year-long teaching and coaching of students, a two-week summer institute, a professional performance program (Intimate Concerts) and, beginning in 1997, the annual Austin Chamber Music Festival. For more information, see www.austinchambermusic.org.


John A. Karger, The Bird of Prey Conservancy, San Antonio, Texas


Witness the powerful beauty of birds of prey soaring through Getzendaner Park! Join this bird rehabilitator and explore the environmental impact of humans on birds of prey. Experience these birds that have existed in this area long before either Chautauqua or Waxahachie.

JOHN KARGER skillfully introduces his audiences to wild bird identification, the role these birds play in the environment and man’s role in conserving our natural environment. Using the ancient art of falconry, in which he started his apprenticeship at age 9, he shows the natural behaviors of hawks, owls, falcons, eagles and other birds of prey. Looking a hawk in the eye is awesome, but feeling the breeze from a falcon’s wing is, according to an Indian legend, a blessing from the gods.

Located in San Antonio, Last Chance Forever, The Bird of Prey Conservancy, specializes in rehabilitating birds of prey and returning them to the wild. In fact, they are able to release about 80% of the birds they receive back to their natural environment. Mr. Karger and his programs are nationally known. Some folks around Waxahachie may recognize him by another name and his alter-identity – the King's Royal Falconer. Last Chance Forever’s shows are a popular feature of the Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival here in Waxahachie. For more information, see www.lastchanceforever.org.



Dr. Peter Bishop, Professor and Chair of Studies of the Future, University of Houston-Clear Lake.


We are the future for past generations. Are we what they expected? Consider what our ancestors thought we would be in this lively presentation. Go back to the future with this Professor of the Future as he examines the predictions of the past.

DR. PETER BISHOP is Chair and Professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) Program in Studies of the Future, the only program in the country that offers a Master's degree in the up-and-coming field of Futures Studies, located next to the NASA Johnson Space Center. Dr. Bishop is also Executive Director of the Institute for Futures Research at UHCL. He specializes in long-term forecasting and planning and also facilitates groups in developing scenarios and strategic plans for the future. In addition to teaching, he is a consultant to corporations, such as IBM, Shell Pipeline Corp and Texas Department of Commerce. He currently serves as planning and evaluation officer for NASA's MidContinent Technology Transfer Center. Dr. Bishop's interests in the future include the technological, social and human aspects. For more information about the Institute for Futures Research, see http://hsh.cl.uh.edu/futureweb/ifr/default.htm.

Futures Studies serves the needs of individuals, groups, organizations and governments that must understand possible changes in their long-term future and respond accordingly. Futurists describe change in terms of long-term trend analysis or scenarios. They help their clients respond by assisting them in visioning, strategic planning and the management of issues and organizational change. As the speed of change increases, futurists will play a larger and larger role in society's planning. Also see 1901 Chautauqua Orator Looks to the New Century.



James Foote, Sea Cliff, New York


Spend an hour with the 26th President of the United States in this one-man reenactment of Theodore Roosevelt. Discover the many facets of this charismatic figure - from organizer of the Rough Riders and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chautauqua lecturer and supporter. James Foote brings more than 20 years of portraying Roosevelt to Chautauqua.

JAMES FOOTE of Sea Cliff, New York will reenact the life and person of the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt at the 2002 Waxahachie Chautauqua. Mr. Foote has been portraying Theodore Roosevelt for over twenty years at commemorative events, lectures and television performances. He has performed on several occasions for Congress, at the 122nd Easter Egg Roll at the White House in 2000 and at the commissioning of the USS Theodore Roosevelt. When not traveling and performing, he volunteers his time at Sagamore Hill, the Victorian home and museum where Teddy Roosevelt and his family lived for over thirty years. For more information, see www.roadtripamerica.com/people/foote.htm.



David Lovrien, saxophonist & composer with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Dallas, Texas


Sousa was a conductor, composer, and patriot. Join this Sousa enthusiast and expert for further insights into this icon of American culture and his music - through discussion and musical examples.

DAVID LOVRIEN is saxophonist for the Dallas Wind Symphony and a leading authority on Sousa. He created and maintains a website about Sousa at www.dws.org/sousa that is nationally acclaimed. David also belongs to two others bands, one being The Texas Saxophone Quartet and the other being The Fins.

Texas Saxophone Quartet was formed in 1983 with the goal of performing chamber music at the highest level while introducing new audiences to the classical side of the saxophone. They have a diverse repertoire ranging from baroque transcriptions and classical literature to jazz, ragtime and popular favorites. The quartet has performed on Dallas public radio and cable television, and also as a feature attraction at music conventions in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Washington, D.C. Since 1993, the Texas Saxophone Quartet has functioned as the saxophone section of the Dallas Wind Symphony. (www.dws.org/tsq/)

The Fins is a rock/R&B band working in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area that allows David to show his rock and roll side. (www.dws.org/fins/)



Dr. Larry Allums, Director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Dallas, Texas

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Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" is set from 1901 to 1913, but it is often called a "timeless favorite" of American playgoers. What makes Wilder's seemingly simple drama about a small town in New Hampshire, Grover's Corners, mysteriously representative of something central and essential about the American character as a whole?

DR. LARRY ALLUMS is the Director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He is editor and frequent contributor to The Epic Cosmos and has extensive experience with public programs. His recent teaching includes a book club for current fiction, courses on William Faulkner, Dostoevsky’s major novels, Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter, and works of women Southern writers, including Eudora Welty. The Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture focuses on the revitalization of the city and its citizens, as well as the renewal of the spirit and vision of its educators and community leaders, through classes in the humanities, public seminars, publications, conferences, and civic involvement. For more information, see www.dallasinstitute.org.



Dr. John McDermott, University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M, College Station, Texas

A discussion of the insights of William James, with emphasis on James' book Varieties of Religious Experience . An immediate bestseller in 1902, this book's great impact has been felt ever since in the areas of philosophy, religion, psychology and education. Immediately popular when published in 1902, this book's impact has been felt ever since in the areas of philosophy, religion, and psychology and education.

DR. JOHN MCDERMOTT, University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Texas A&M, College Station, is an internationally recognized authority on William James and is one of the leading authorities on classical American philosophy. About 30 years ago, he was cofounder of the editorial project that produced the monumental 19-volume The Works of William James, completed in 1988. He is currently General Editor of the 12-volume Correspondence of William James, aimed at publishing all the letters of William James, to be completed in 2004. A recent two-day conference was held in his honor at Southern Illinois University, "Exploring the Thought of John J. McDermott", aimed at exploring his work and the implications of his ideas. Dr. McDermott is also a founder of the American Montessori Society.

Dr. McDermott's program topic at Chautauqua will be "Experience as Teacher" and will be accessible to the general public. Robin Smith, head of the Department of Philosophy at TAMU, said that all of McDermott's work is meant for the general public. "He writes for the intelligent public and the issues he covers in his books and articles are broad basic ones like human transiency, denial and hope." Aggie Daily, 6/10/96.



Rebecca Lawton, Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas


In the decades following the Civil War, why did Americans prize paintings of mothers and their children? Using the Amon Carter Museum's engaging picture Bo-Peep of 1872 by Eastman Johnson as a point of departure, this Amon Carter curator will examine, through slides, how such paintings communicated new and strikingly modern concepts of motherhood.

REBECCA LAWTON has been the assistant curator of paintings and sculpture at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth since October 2000. Prior to her appointment at the Carter, she was the curator of collections at the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Ms. Lawton has curated numerous exhibitions. Her most recent publication is Heroic America: James Daugherty’s Mural Drawings from the 1930s. She holds a B. A. from Colorado College and a M. A. in art history from Syracuse University. For more information, www.cartermuseum.org.



Larry Irsik, Principal, ArchiTexas, Austin, Texas


This restoration architect takes you along on his journey through the last 107 years of the Ellis County Courthouse. Join him in this slide presentation as he sifts through layers of time to find the clues that guided the authentic restoration of this renowned Courthouse.

LARRY IRSIK, chief architect for the restoration of the Ellis County Courthouse, is director of the Austin office of ARCHITEXAS. He has extensive experience with the restoration and rehabilitation of historic properties. He has served as project architect or manager for the restoration of the Hill County, Ellis County, Gray County and Red River Courthouses, the Old Bedford School Restoration and Addition, the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau Offices, Grapevine City Hall, and the Centennial Building Restoration at Fair Park. Before joining ARCHITEXAS he was employed in Boston where he also taught at the Boston Architectural Center.

Mr. Irsik also has served on several boards and commissions, including the West End Design Review Task Force (Dallas), The Old Bedford School Historical Foundation, and the State Thomas Task Force (Dallas). He is currently Co-chairman of the Preservation Texas’ Building Industry Council. At the 2002 Texas State Historical Association annual meeting in Corpus Christi (March 7-9), Mr. Irsik gave a presentation entitled: "Restoring James Riely Gordon's Ellis County Courthouse".



Kathleen Holley and Trey Seastrunk, Active Science Unlimited, Arlington, Texas


Explore the world of chemistry through demonstrations and through humor with this dynamic "demo duo." Such science experiments entertained and instructed at the early Waxahachie Chautauqua, beginning in 1900.

We are indeed fortunate that extraordinary science educator Kathleen Holley will be with us on 9/28. In fact, she and her new husband and science demo partner will come to Chautauqua as a demonstration team. When Kathleen was asked if she would do the science program this year, she replied, "We’re honored that you have chosen us to follow in George’s footsteps. We’ll be sure to bring the "1812 Overture" and our hydrogen tank for a 12-balloon salute to the guy who originally got me hooked on explosions. Looking forward to honoring George through this performance."

Kathleen Holley and Trey Seastrunk are the founders of Active Science Unlimited, Inc. where they combine their scientific and entertainment talents to produce and present science demonstration shows for audiences of all ages. In November 2002, they will be featured performers at the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, where they will present a large-scale outdoor pyrotechnic demonstration show.

Kathleen Holley teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry and AP Physics at North Crowley High School, where she also serves as science department chairman. She sponsors the school’s chapter of the Science National Honor Society and created the Masters of the Universe, North Crowley High School’s student science demonstration and outreach team. She regularly presents workshops at state, national and international science conferences. Her many awards include recognition in 1995 by the Texas Medical Association as Outstanding Science Teacher and in 1996 as the Tandy/Radio Shack Scholar. Her hobbies include electronics and pyrotechnics, and she is a Public Programs volunteer at The Science Place, Dallas.

Trey Seastrunk is a systems and software engineer for Darwell Technology Systems, Inc. He worked in the Public Programs department at The Science Place, Dallas, for over nine years, performing science shows in a wide variety of subjects. He also served as a regular cast member of The Science Place’s television program Kids Place. He presents science demonstration shows at state, national and international science conferences. His hobbies include pyrotechnics, robotics and piloting small single-engine aircraft.



With the Dallas Wind Symphony, Dallas, Texas

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Hear the stirring music of John Philip Sousa as it was meant to be experienced. See Sousa himself come to life as he leads the acclaimed Dallas Wind Symphony in this reenactment concert that will fill the Chautauqua Auditorium with the magnificent sounds of yesterday and celebrate its centennial in grand style!

DWS Conductor DR. KEVIN SEDATOLE will portray Mr. Sousa in his dress and in his conducting style. The concert will fill the auditorium with the sound of Sousa and help celebrate its centennial in grand style. The concert program will be typical of one that Sousa's band would have presented, including his practice of educating his audience by interspersing light classical music with the more popular marches.