Chagrin Falls, OH – Chagrin Arts welcomes foreign relations and policy expert Aaron David Miller to Chautauqua-in-Chagrin on Tuesday, August 6 for a lecture on the topic of Diplomacy.  Ambassador Heather Hodges, President of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, will also join the program, facilitating audience questions for Mr. Miller and incorporating her own experience as former U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador and Moldova. The program will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Federated Church, 76 Bell Street Chagrin Falls, Ohio. 

Tickets are $28-$20 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased by phone at (440) 247-9700; in person at the Chagrin Arts Office, 88 N. Main Street, Chagrin Falls; or online at
Diplomacy will explore the interaction between nation building, foreign aid, national security, and military power.  Aaron David Miller’s talk is entitled “Middle East Muddle: Challenges for the Obama Administration.”  Mr. Miller has had extensive experience in this field, having served as an advisor at the Department of State where he helped to formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process.
Immediately following the lectures at 8:15pm will be a free musical performance in Riverside Park by the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra.  In keeping with the international theme of the evening, the 40-piece orchestra will perform “Music from Around the World.”  This performance will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.  Additionally, the Chagrin Falls Library will present the Young Explorers Program, activities created for children based on the Chautauqua themes, which will precede the lectures to serve family audiences.  On Aug. 6 at 2 p.m., children grades two through five will become Chagrin Falls Ambassadors, creating a video to welcome visitors and new residents to the area.  The Young Explorers Program will take place at the Chagrin Falls Library, 100 E Orange St, and is also offered free of charge but registration is required by calling 440-247 – 3556.
Tuesday, August 6
2:00PM-5:00 PM | Chagrin Falls Library (FREE)
Young Explorers Program:  Grades 2 - 5
Chagrin Falls Ambassadors – Create a video to welcome visitors and new residents to Chagrin Falls.
6:30 PM | Federated Church
Aaron David Miller: Distinguished Scholar in the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
“Middle East Muddle: Challenges for the Obama Administration”
Ambassador Heather Hodges:  President of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs and Former U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador and Moldova
Facilitator of audience questions for Aaron David Miller.
8:15 PM | Riverside Park* (FREE)
Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra - “Music from Around the World”
*Performance will be canceled if there is inclement weather
Aaron David Miller is currently the Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Between 2006 and 2008, he was a Public Policy Scholar when he wrote his fourth book The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace (Bantam, 2008).  For two decades, he served at the Department of State as an advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State, where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the Senior Advisor for Arab-Israeli Negotiations. He also served as the Deputy Special Middle East Coordinator for Arab-Israeli Negotiations, Senior Member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the Office of the Historian. He has received the department's Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards.  His media and speaking appearances include CNN (including "American Morning," "Wolf Blitzer Reports,") "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer," FOX News, "The NBC Nightly News," "CBS Evening News," National Public Radio, the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Al Arabiya, and Al Jazeera. Mr. Miller has also been a featured presenter for the World Economic Forum in Davos and Amman, Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, University of California at Berkeley, The City Club of Cleveland, Chatham House, and The International Institute for Strategic Studies.  His articles have appeared in newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The International Herald Tribune.
Ambassador Heather Hodges became the President of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs in November 2011 after retiring from 31 years in the Foreign Service.  Ambassador Hodges did consular work in Venezuela and Guatemala.  She was Consul General in Bilbao, Spain, and was deputy chief of mission in Managua, Lima and Madrid.  Her Washington assignments included the Peru desk and Cuban Affairs as well as a fellowship to work on the Senate Subcommittee for Immigration and Refugee Affairs.  She was also Principal Deputy Secretary of State for Human Resources.  Hodges was Ambassador to Moldova from 2003-2006.  From 2008 to April 2011, she was Ambassador to Ecuador when the Government of Ecuador declared her “persona non grata” and expelled her in reaction to the publication of confidential State Department cables. She was then assigned to the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, as interim Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor until her retirement.
The Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit musical endeavor that brings studio arrangements, as well as the classics that inspired them, to stages in the Chagrin Valley community.  The Studio Orchestra is the only known orchestra in the region with a particular focus on studio arrangements. Written as film scores and rarely played live, studio arrangements represent some of the most dynamic, high-energy music of our time, by some of the most respected composers.
All Chautauqua-in-Chagrin programs take place in the Village, each location within walking distance to the others.  Patrons can pick and choose activities they’d like to attend or spend the entire evening in Chagrin Falls.  Once again there will be participating restaurants and preferred vendor discounts available to all ticket holders.  This year’s preferred vendors include All Matters Gallery, Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop, Imagery Fine Arts, Fireside Book Shop, Master Pizza and Yours Truly Restaurant.       
Chautauqua-in-Chagrin receives public support with local tax dollars from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to preserve and enrich our region’s artistic and cultural heritage.  Additional support for this program is received from the Chautauqua Institution, Ohio Arts Council, Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence of CWRU, Hamlet Village, South Franklin Circle, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, The Cleveland Clinic, First Federal of Lakewood, The Ohio Valley Group, RE/MAX Traditions, Smith & Hultin LLC, Walter & Haverfield, LLP, Chagrin Valley Times, Huntington Bank, ideastream® - WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, WCLV 104.9, and The City Club of Cleveland.