University For A Day: Nadya Tolokonnikova
Saturday, September 28Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $35, Individual event; $85 all day pass ($32, $80 Concert Member)*
University for a Day, presented by Colorado Chautauqua, aims to make Chautauqua a top-level center for the pursuit and presentation of knowledge relating to a singular topic for the day. Over the course of one day, patrons are encouraged to attend as many of the day’s multiple lectures and presentations aimed to expand people’s knowledge and understanding of the day’s topic.
This September Colorado Chautauqua is excited to present a diverse curriculum of “Dissent and Activism.” Bringing together community and scholars alike, this one-of-a-kind event will showcase some of the most influential activists in the world, presenting thought-provoking and engaging conversation. To close the event, Colorado Chautauqua is excited to host a special keynote address from Nadya Tolokonnikova, Co-Founder of the Artist Collective Pussy Riot. Ms. Tolokonnikova’s evening presentation will conclude an enlightening and invigorating day of learning and engagement meant to inspire us all.
University For A Day schedule:
12:00 PM – TBA
1:30 PM – Jeffrey Marsh
3:30 PM – Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
4:30 PM – Dinner Break
7:00 PM – Nadya Tolokonnikova
About the Speaker:
Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian conceptual artist and political activist. She is the founding member of the art collective Pussy Riot, a feminist protest art collective which has been one of the world’s most prominent art groups in recent years, aiming to focus attention on human rights violations at home and abroad. In August 2012, she was sentenced to 2 years' imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance by Pussy Riot in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. This protest attracted international media attention and support from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Bjork and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Nadya went through hunger strike protesting savage prison conditions and ended up being sent far away to Siberian penal colony, where she managed though to maintain her artistic activity and with her prison punk band she made a tour around Siberian labor camps. Nadya recently published a book "Read and riot: Pussy Riot's guide to activism", well-received by critics; the book is based on Pussy Riot's prison experience and Nadya's advices to fellow activists on how to make protest actions effectively.
Shortly after her release in December 2013, she announced the opening of an independent news service and media outlet, Mediazona. She has spoken before the US Congress, British Parliament, European Parliament and has appeared on stage with world leaders including Bill Clinton. Nadya is a Lennon Ono Grant for Peace recipient, has appeared as herself on season 3 of House of Cards and performed at Banksy's Dismaland exhibition. *All ticket purchases subject to service fees