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.


  • Thursday, April 08, 2021 | 07:00pm EDT

    Steph Cha, CLSC Author, Your House Will Pay

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    A powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in LA, Your House Will Pay follows two families—one Korean-American, one African-American—grappling with the effects of a decades-old crime.

    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform


  • Thursday, July 01, 2021 | 03:30pm EDT

    Ma Jian, CLSC Author, China Dream; translated by Flora Drew

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    Presented alongside the Chautauqua Lecture Series, Ma Jian’s work — an unflinching satire of totalitarianism — offers a counternarrative to the sweeping “China Dream” of President Xi Jinping’s administration.

    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform


  • Tuesday, July 06, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Elizabeth Kolbert

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    Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert has traveled all over the world to get to the heart of the debate over global warming, and the communities most affected by it.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 03:30pm EDT

    Naomi Oreskes, CLSC Author, Why Trust Science?

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    During a time when trust in science is waning, when climate scientists are struggling to convince a large part of the population to accept the reality of the climate crisis, when anti-vaccine attitude is gaining more traction every day, Professor Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science...

    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform


  • Thursday, August 12, 2021 | 03:30pm EDT

    Jim Tankersley, CLSC Author, The Riches of this Land

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    For over a decade, Jim Tankersley has been on a journey to understand what happened to the world’s greatest middle-class success story — the post-World-War-II boom that faded into decades of stagnation and frustration for American workers.

    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform