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Chautauqua Lecture Series

The Chautauqua Lecture Series features experts presenting on topics ranging from history, science, and politics to cultural arts, business and current world affairs. These summer lectures are held at various times at variety of venues across campus. Visit the calendar to learn more. For questions, contact John Mann, Director of Education, or call 419-798-4461, ext. 278.

2023 Theme Weeks

May 26 – June 2 | Audubon Celebrate the world of birding this week. Explore the many different species that call Lakeside home or stop on their travels during the migration seasons. Supported by the Knobel Family Endowment.

June 5 – 9  | Documentary Film Festival View award-winning documentaries and get a behind-the-scenes look at the stories which inspired them. – Presented in partnership with the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

June 12 – 16 | The Civil War Learn about the ethical issues faced by ordinary Americans during the American Civil War.

June 19 – 23 | Celebrate Ohio: Creative Spaces, Places & People Did you know that creative industries in Ohio employ nearly 300,000 Ohioans? This week showcases the state’s creative talents across disciplines and shares how you can support local artists.

June 2630 | Chautauqua Jazz Week Celebrate jazz through workshops, lectures, concerts and interactive performances led by talented artists-in-residence and guest musicians.

July 37 | Exploring New Horizons: NASA  NASA has paved the way for space exploration and discovery. This week, learn about the impact of NASA’s technological advancements and the future of research in our galaxy and beyond.

July 10 – 14 | Culture of Belonging Stretch, grow, learn and connect with the Lakeside community. These sessions explore community building and social justice topics.

July 17 – 21 | Our Great Lakes This week’s speakers will shed light on the history and stories of the Great Lakes, from Ohio’s first peoples to notable ships in history.

July 24 – 28 | Architecture Around Us Explore various architectural styles in our community and their influence on how we work, live and play.

July 31 – August 4 | Home: Immigration Past & Present Reflect on the history of immigration in the United States and how policy and practices have changed over time.

August 7 – 11 | Comic Strips & Animation Comic strips and animation can be funny, informative and thought-provoking. These presentations reveal the inspiration and creative process behind some of your favorites.

August 14 – 18 | World Cultures  Broaden your knowledge of world cultures through inspiring lectures, music and photography from around the globe.

August 21 – 25 | Archaeology Buried items such as tools or pottery carry a lot of information about the past. Through this series, learn about the methods archeologists use to uncover these materials and the stories they tell about human history.

August 28 – September 1 | Lakeside University The Lakeside community holds a wealth of knowledge and stories. This week, hear from some of your friends and neighbors on their unique areas of focus.