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What is Chautauqua?

Eastern Kentucky University's Chautauqua Lecture Series, administered by the EKU Honors Program, is now in its twenty-first year. Like the original Chautauqua Institution in Upstate 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 2020-21 Chautauqua Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University will be devoted to interdisciplinary exploration of the themes, "Balance/Resilience" (continued from last year) + "Dealing with Data: Information, Influence, Interpretation" (new for this year). Speakers and presenters include a host of leading scholars and prominent figures in the fields of mathematics, data analytics, artificial intelligence studies, history, politics, philosophy, media studies, cultural studies, psychology and anthropology. Plus, if able, we will host another National Juried Art Exhibition on the series theme. Join us at all our events for another exciting year of stimulating ideas, eye-opening explorations and engaging conversations.. 

All Chautauqua Lectures are Free and Open to the Public.

Presentations begin at 7:30 PM. Streaming access information TBA.

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

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