Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle

The Lakeside Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC) is a local organization affiliated with the New York Chautauqua Institute CLSC, which was formed in 1878 to support reading and learning about nature, art, literature, philosophy and science. The New York chapter provides a reading list each year, from which the local membership chooses two books to read during the off-season for discussion at the round table sessions each summer.


Membership in the CLSC is open to anyone interested in reading, learning and discussing a wide variety of literary works, both fiction and nonfiction. The long-term goal of all members of the CLSC is to read 12 works from an approved list of books that extends back to the year 1878. Those who complete this task are honored as official graduates of the CLSC.

2022 Events

Round Table Discussion
Thursday, July 7  |  1 p.m.  |  Aigler Room, Fountain Inn

  • “Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit” by Eliese Colette Goldbach  |  Discussion led by Dolly Andler.

CLSC Graduation Ceremony
Sunday, July 17  |  2:45 p.m.  |  Train Station

Multiple Book Reviews Session
Thursday, Aug. 4  |  1 p.m.  |  Aigler Room, Fountain Inn

  • “The Gifted School” by Bruce Holsinger  |  Discussion led by Detra Bennett
  • “Shakespeare in a Divided America:  What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future” by James Shapiro  |  Discussion led by Dave Blank
  • “Why Trust Science?”  by Naomi Oreskes  |  Discussion led by Cindy Grimm
  • “Making Toast:  A Family Story” by Roger Rosenblast  |  Discussion led by Francine Stetz-Feick
  • “China Dream” by Ma Jian, Flora Drew (Translator)  |  Discussion led by Sue Steinke

Round Table Discussion
Thursday, Aug. 11  |  1 p.m.  |  Aigler Room, Fountain Inn

  • “Begin Again:  James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own” by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.  |  Discussion leaders leaders Lynne Hudson and Peggy Malone

Dolly Andler