What is Chautauqua?

Eastern Kentucky University's Chautauqua Lecture Series is entering its eighteenth year. Like the original Chautauqua Institution in New York, it has the goals of:

  • Refreshing minds
  • Renewing intellectual curiosity
  • Encouraging individual expression
  • Promoting civil discourse.

President Theodore Roosevelt said that Chautauqua was "the most American of institutions," and John Vincent wrote that it was the aim of the Chautauqua Institution to "take people on all sides of their natures and make them new, more intelligent and thoughtful in a world of ideas." We agree. Adding to this original vision, we also:

  • Explore a single, significant idea
  • Educate by engaging people
  • Challenge individuals to explore their assumptions
  • Provide a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

The 2017-18 Chautauqua Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University will be devoted to interdisciplinary exploration of the theme, "Transformations." Speakers and presenters include 2 MacArthur "Genius" Award winners, a host of bestselling authors, and leading figures in the fields of philosophy, psychology, history, physics, biology, economics, sociology, anthropology, and more. Plus, as always, we will host a National Juried Art Exhibition on the series theme. Join us for another year of stimulating ideas, eye-opening explorations, and engaging conversations. Full schedule of events will be available soon. Please check back, and please contact us with any questions.


All Chautauqua Lectures are Free and Open to the Public.

Lectures are at 7:30 PM in O'Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building.

Free Parking is available on campus in Employee and Visitor lots: See campus map.

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