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EKU Virtual Chautauqua Lecture Series

EKU Chautauqua 2020-21: Virtual Lecture Series
Balance and Resilience + Dealing With Data: Information, Influence and Interpretation

Dear EKU Campus Community and Chautauqua Friends,

Thank you again for your continuing support of the 2020-21 EKU Virtual Chautauqua Lecture Series, live streaming on YouTube, and thank you to everyone who has sent much appreciated compliments. Special gratitude goes out to colleagues who joined in to participate in the discussion and Q and A. This helped to make the events more interactive and engaging for everyone. And thank you also of course to the viewers who have shown up live on Thursdays at 7:30 in solid numbers and who have shared comments and questions as well. With your interest and engagement, I am happy to say that the 2020-21 series was definitely a success, and we are delighted that the Virtual Chautauqua Series was able to offer an element of community continuity during this challenging academic year.

Please note that all of our presentations remain available for viewing on our YouTube channel at:

Here is the full list of this year’s presentations:

• Zek Eser (EKU), “Tracking the Virus: Lessons From Data Analytics”

• Sara Egge (Centre College), “Balancing the Vote and Exercising Citizenship: The Women’s Suffrage Movement 100 Years On,” Women’s History Keynote

• Steven Alvarez (St. John’s University), "Taco Literacies in Mexington, Kentucky and Puebla York," Hispanic Heritage Keynote

• Morgan Marietta (U Mass Amherst), “One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy”

• Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. (BraverAngels.Org) with Carolyn Dupont (EKU), “Balance and Virtue in American Political Debates”

• David Treuer (University of Southern California), “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee,” Native American Heritage Keynote

• Dustin Wygant (EKU), “Diagnosis at the Crossroads: Mental Illness in the 21st Century”

• Eric Deggans (NPR Media and TV Critic), “How Changing Demographics Affect Media Coverage of Race,” Black History and First Amendment Keynote

• Talithia Williams (Harvey Mudd College), “Power In Numbers: Rebel Women of Mathematics,” Women’s History, Celebration of Science and Math Keynote and Bruce MacLaren Lecture

• Sara Incera (EKU), “Using Data to Uncover the Bilingual Mind”

• Jennifer Frey (University of South Carolina), “What is the Purpose of Life? Classical and Contemporary Answers,” Ron Messerich Lecture in Philosophy and Religion

Best wishes to one and all for the remainder of the semester and a safe and enjoyable summer break!

Please stay tuned for future announcements about next year's series, which will bring us back to in-person, on-campus format.

With Warmest Regards,

Erik Liddell

CLS Coordinator


The 2020-21 live streaming Virtual Chautauqua Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University was devoted to interdisciplinary exploration of the themes, "Balance/Resilience" (continued from last year) + "Dealing with Data: Information, Influence and Interpretation" (new for this year). Speakers and presenters included a host of leading scholars and prominent figures in the fields of mathematics, data analytics, finance, history, politics, philosophy, media studies, cultural studies, literature, psychology and anthropology. Unfortunately, owing to public health concerns, we were not able to host our traditional National Juried Art Exhibition, but it will return for next year! In the meantime, you can still enjoy all of our live streamed events which together created another exciting year of stimulating ideas, eye-opening explorations and engaging conversations.

Presentations begin at 7:30 PM.

All EKU Chautauqua events are Free and Open to the Public.

The Chautauqua Lecture Series is operated by the EKU Honors Program and housed in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

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

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