For immediate release
June 13, 2006
Contact: Jacquie Lucy
Chautaqua 2006 explores 'Creativity and Imagination'
portrayals of Paul Robeson, Henry Ford, Leonardo Da Vinci and Coco Chanel
7 p.m. July 6-9 at CCBC Catonsville
Baltimore County, Md. – The Community College of Baltimore
County (CCBC), in partnership with The Maryland Humanities Council,
brings history to life with Chautauqua 2006: Creativity and Imagination.
This free four-evening series will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6
through Sunday, July 9 under the tent on the Catonsville campus, 800 S.
Rolling Road. Musical entertainment of the era precedes the Chautauquans
who appear in costume, talking about their lives and answering audience
questions. This year’s living history performances include – black
actor/activist Paul Robeson, industrialist Henry Ford, artist and
scientist Leonardo Da Vinci and fashion designer Coco Chanel.
Join us for this free four-evening series that brings history to life
under a tent at CCBC Catonsville.
Thursday, July 6
Paul Robeson (1898-1976) epitomized the
20th-century Renaissance man. An exceptional athlete, actor, singer,
scholar, and author, Robeson was valedictorian at Rutgers University and
earned a law degree from Columbia University. He ultimately opted to
pursue an acting career, and was especially noted for his rendition of
"Ol' Man River" in the musical Show Boat and for his
groundbreaking lead performance in Shakespeare's Othello. In
time, however, Robeson's social activism eclipsed his career as a
performer and his radical political beliefs eroded his mainstream
Marvin Jefferson has an extensive background as a professional actor and
since 1997 has portrayed Paul Robeson in every school in the Newark, New
Jersey, school district. In 2005, he appeared as Robeson in the Colorado
Chautauqua. He taught at Essex County College, the New Jersey Institute
of Technology, and the Newark Community School of the Arts, and
currently teaches acting at Bloomfield College. Jefferson studied acting
at the Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University.
Friday, July 7
Henry Ford’s (1863-1947) revolutionary
five-dollar, eight-hour day for workers, inexpensive automobiles, moving
assembly line, and amazing command of technology made him one of the
1920s most popular and important figures. His public persona, however,
became tainted by repeated occurrences of corruption, brutality, and
anti-Semitism. A crusader for prohibition and for the abolition of
smoking and jazz, Ford fought against what he saw as "moral decline" in
the nation. Although a genius of the modern world, Ford can also be
described as one of the last reactionaries trying to hold that world
Doug Mishler holds a Ph.D. in American culture from the University of
Nevada, Reno, and has taught at the University of Nevada and Western
Washington University. As a public historian, he has written a history
of the Ringling Brothers Circus and has consulted on several public
television and Chautauqua programs. In addition to Henry Ford, Mishler
has performed as P.T. Barnum, Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Carnegie,
William Lloyd Garrison, Ernie Pyle, William Clark, and Billy Sunday.
Saturday, July 8
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) has been
described as the archetypal Renaissance man. While he is well known as
the gifted creator of the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, he also had one
of the best scientific minds of his time and carried out research in
anatomy, astronomy, geology, architecture, and engineering. His
innovations in the field of painting influenced the course of Italian
art for centuries, and his scientific studies anticipated many of the
developments of modern science.
Jonathan Pevsner, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Kennedy Krieger
Institute and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has translated his
lifelong interest in Leonardo da Vinci into a series of popular lectures
and articles. In his work, Pevsner draws on his expertise as a
neuroscientist to emphasize Leonardo’s studies of the brain. He is the
author of a textbook, Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, and
has won praise for his teaching, receiving the 2001 and 2006 Teacher of
the Year award at Johns Hopkins and the 2003 Professors' Award for
Excellence in Teaching.
Sunday, July 10
Coco Chanel (Gabrielle Chanel) (1883-1971) was
the most influential designer of the 20th century. In the process of
designing clothes based on simplicity and freedom of movement, Chanel
popularized the little black dress, lifted the taboo on women in pants,
and advocated pearls with casual attire. The quintessential independent
woman, Chanel had an innate business sense and an enviable capacity for
Annette Baldwin has been researching, scripting, and performing
first-person historical portrayals since 1986. In addition to Coco
Chanel, Baldwin's repertoire of first-person histories includes Jane
Addams, Civil War spy Elizabeth Van Lew, women's rights leader Susan B.
Anthony, and journalist Dorothy Thompson. Baldwin has appeared at the
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and on the Chautauqua
stages of Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Colorado, as well as
Maryland in 2003
Chautauqua 2006 is sponsored by The Maryland Humanities Council, with
support from Lockheed Martin, The NiSource Charitable Foundation,
WYPR-FM Radio, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the
Maryland Division of Historical and Cultural Programs. CCBC’s
participation is supported by the CCBC Liberal Arts division. Comcast is
CCBC’s media sponsor for Chautauqua 2006.
Chautauqua 2006 At CCBC will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6
through Sunday, July 9 on the Catonsville campus at 800 S. Rolling Road.
All performances of Chautauqua 2006 are free, open to the public and are
handicap accessible. If you need sign language interpretation to enjoy
the Chautauqua, call the Maryland Humanities Council at 410-685-0095 no
later than June 23.
In the event of inclement weather, programs will take place on the
mainstage of the Q Building Theatre. For more information on Chautauqua
2006 – Creativity and Imagination, visit the
Maryland Humanities Council Web site or call the CCBC Box Office at