Week One :: June 27–July 4

Climate Change: Prioritizing Our Global and Local Response

How we talk about climate change is rapidly shifting. But amid the ongoing political debates, how are we — and should we be — responding?

  • What does prioritizing a response to climate change mean, and how do we collectively determine the overall benefits and costs of such investments?
  • How do we balance proactive work aimed at reversing climate change with strategies for adapting to the realities of its worst effects?
  • We examine case studies of solutions being sought at a global and local scale, from the work of small U.S. towns to foreign countries, and from corporate investments to military strategies. 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Faith to Save the Earth

Climate change is often called a scientific or political issue, but is there an imperative that comes from a position of faith? In this week, we explore what role various faith traditions play in response to the care of the earth and how those different world views might be harnessed to prioritize our global and local response.

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LEctures category description

Morning Lectures

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.

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Interfaith Lectures

2 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Hall of Philosophy

The Interfaith Lecture Series is designed to present issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, religious, spiritual, ethical, and humanitarian perspectives.

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CLSC Lectures

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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 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.

 

Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle Vertical Theme 2017

Books chosen as Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections in 2017 will celebrate the theme of “community.” In most cases, the book will complement the theme of its corresponding week. In all selections, exceptional writing will define the authors honored by the CLSC. Author programs are held Thursdays at 3:30 in the Hall of Philosophy unless otherwise noted.

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

CLSC Membership Application  Member Website  CLSC Graduation Application  CLSC Historic Book List

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 authors and Young Readers authors are listed below.

Events

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 nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

 

Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle Vertical Theme 2016

Books chosen as Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections in 2016 will celebrate the theme of “what does it mean to be human?” In most cases, the book will complement the theme of its corresponding week. In all selections, exceptional writing will define the authors honored by the CLSC. Author programs are held Thursdays at 3:30 in the Hall of Philosophy unless otherwise noted.

CLSC Membership Application  CLSC Graduation Application  CLSC HIstoric Book List

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.

CLSC Young Readers Historic Book List
 
All announced CLSC authors and Young Readers authors are listed below.

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Heritage Lecture Series

Presented by the Chautauqua Institution Archives, this series combines the research of Archives staff with notable historians and Chautauqua scholars in order to explore the rich history of Chautauqua and its effect on American culture.

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Special Lectures

Lectures sponsored wholly or in part by the Department of Education but which fall outside the normal 10:45 a.m. Amphitheater format will be posted as they are scheduled.

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Visual Arts Lecture Series

VACI is delighted to present luminaries from the art world and beyond who share their work, current projects and discuss relevant topics of the day as a part of our Visual Arts Lecture Series. Located in the Hall of Christ at Chautauqua Institution, our lectures occur on Tuesday evenings from 7–8:30 p.m. and Sunday evenings from 5–6:15 p.m. Weeks One through Seven. Join us for this lecture series which is open to all. We welcome questions, feedback, participation and a lively audience. 

Our 2020 schedule is forthcoming. Stay tuned! We are so excited to share with you the guest speakers who will be coming next season.

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