The Chautauqua Institution


is a non-profit education center and summer resort for adults & youth located on 750 acres in Chautauqua, New York, 17 miles northwest of Jamestown in the southwestern part of New York State


After enjoying a week at Chautauqua last summer with Wellesley friends from the class of 1955,  Jane Kentnor Dean is coordinating a Mini-Reunion there for our classmates.  It will be an opportunity to join a group of ‘55ers at the Chautauqua Institution –July 14-21 2018 for a week of major lectures, informal discussions, music, theatre, dance and socializing. (see below and click on “View all Week four events)


(from the Chautauqua website)

Week Four : July 14 – July 21

Russia and the West

A quarter-century has passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union — and the promise of new relationship with the West — yet we find ourselves at what some consider the brink of a new Cold War. What has happened to damage relations between Russia and the West over 25 years, how have power dynamics changed in the age of digital and information warfare, and what must we understand about the recent history of Vladimir Putin’s Russia and its relationship with the West and the world? Building upon the work of the Chautauqua Conferences on U.S.-Soviet Relations of the 1980s and 1990s, we reaffirm our need for a deeper cultural understanding of Russia, its history and its people.  View all Week 4 events by clicking this link:


Jane has spread the word to her ’56 personal friends, a number of whom have already signed up.  Through this class website, plus future mailings, all of our classmates will be notified and invited…so after you read this, spread the word and invite YOUR friends!!! 

The more the merrier.


For additional information, check on the Chautauqua website ( to learn more details about this exciting experience.

The subject for our week will be “Russia and the West” - an increasingly interesting and timely subject. 
Come with your spouse, partner or friend or come as a single, as many of will. You will find the experience to be extremely enriching -

and fun as well. A few classmates have made plans to stay at the Atheneum ( - a big, old fashioned

hotel. Others may rent houses or apartments or stay in the houses associated with all possible religions. If you call the main

phone number (716-357-6250) ask for  the woman in charge of groups who has been alerted about the Wellesley group and will be

able to answer questions and guide you to “accommodations”.  

Jane Dean ( will be delighted to answer additional questions beginning Feb 1 2018.