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What is Chautauqua?

Eastern Kentucky University's Chautauqua Lecture Series, administered by the EKU Honors Program, is now in its twentieth 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 2019-20 Chautauqua Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University will be devoted to interdisciplinary exploration of the theme, "Balance and Resilience." Speakers and presenters include a host of scholars in the fields of environmental science, history, psychology and counselling, politics, philosophy, anthropology and museum studies, and documentary film making. Plus, as always, 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 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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