CLSC Lectures

clsc logoReading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

Each summer, the CLSC chooses at least nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

A gate pass is required to participate in all CLSC programs on the grounds.

Note: CLSC Class of 2018 graduation is August 8, 2018

CLSC Membership Application  CLSC Graduation Application  CLSC Historic Book List

CLSC Young Readers program

The CLSC Young Readers program encourages the enjoyment of good reading. The books have been chosen for their quality, the variety of styles and subjects, and their appeal to young adult readers. A special program is offered at 4:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Book selections and program information are fully described in the Young Readers brochure available in-season at the CLSC Veranda.

View 2017 Young Readers Selections

CLSC Young Readers Historic Book List


All announced CLSC author presentations are below.

Events

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 10:45am

    Tyehimba Jess, CLSC Author, Olio

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    Author, Olio  This lecture will also serve as a CLSC Roundtable presentation.

    Tyehimba Jess is the author of Olio, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Andrew Krivák, CLSC Author, The Signal Flame

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    The stunning second novel from National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivák is a heartbreaking, captivating story about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Kao Kalia Yang, CLSC Author, The Song Poet

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    In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses. He keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Paisley Rekdal, CLSC Author, The Broken Country

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    Winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction, The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam, uses a violent incident that took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2012 as a springboard for examining the long-term cultural...



    Location: Hall of Philosophy