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.

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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 each Wednesday. Book selections and program information are fully described in the Young Readers brochure available in-season at the CLSC Veranda.

View 2020 Young Readers Selections

Young Readers Historic Book List


All announced CLSC author presentations are below.

Events

Thank you for your patience as we rebuild our calendar listing accurately reflect the offerings of our 2020 online assembly. Our program directors are currently working with 2020 lecturers, chaplains and artists to confirm their participation via remote video feed. All events listed below are confirmed. Please check back regularly, as we post frequent updates regarding confirmed programs and the online forum in which they will take place.

  • Monday, July 20, 2020 | 12:30pm EDT

    CLSC Book Discussion: Infinite Detail by Tim Maughan

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    Join fellow readers to discuss this week’s Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle selection, Infinite Detail by Tim Maughan. Conversation is facilitated by CLSC staff and a member of the Chautauqua community. All readers welcome.



    Location: Virtual Porch

     

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 | 12:30pm EDT

    CLSC Book Discussion: In the Country of Women by Susan Straight

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    Join fellow readers to discuss this week’s Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle selection, In the Country of Women by Susan Straight. Conversation is facilitated by CLSC staff and a member of the Chautauqua community. All readers welcome.



    Location: Virtual Porch

     

  • Monday, August 03, 2020 | 12:30pm EDT

    CLSC Book Discussion: The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

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    Join fellow readers to discuss this week’s Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle selection, The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger. Conversation is facilitated by CLSC staff and a member of the Chautauqua community. All readers welcome.



    Location: Virtual Porch

     

  • Thursday, August 06, 2020 | 03:30pm EDT

    Bruce Holsinger, CLSC Author, The Gifted School

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    Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, The Gifted School is a keenly entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile-up with long-held secrets and lies.



    Location: CHQ Assembly

     

  • Monday, August 10, 2020 | 12:30pm EDT

    CLSC Book Discussion: We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

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    Join fellow readers to discuss this week’s Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle selection, We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin. Conversation is facilitated by CLSC staff and a member of the Chautauqua community. All readers welcome.



    Location: Virtual Porch