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What is Chautauqua?

The Dr. Bruce MacLaren Chautauqua Lecture Series, administered by the EKU Honors Program, is now in its twenty-second 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 2021-22 Chautauqua Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University is devoted to interdisciplinary exploration of the theme, "Wayfinding." We are still in the process of finalizing our schedule and plans for the series. Our guests will include nationally and internationally known experts, scholars, writers and public figures in the fields of anthropology, psychology, botany and ecology, ethnic and cultural studies, medicine and health, zoology, philosophy, literature, history and more. Plus, we are hopeful for a return of our annual National Juried Art Exhibition to the newly renovated Giles Gallery. 

The series will involve a combination of in-person events on campus and live-streaming presentations via YouTube. Please stay tuned for full details in the coming weeks. We hope you are looking forward to 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. Campus presentations are held in O'Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building. Live streamed events will be on YouTube with links announced in advance. 

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

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