Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC)

Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC)

Reading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming. Each summer, the CLSC chooses nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

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Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC)
  • CLSC: "Braiding Sweetgrass" with Robin Wall Kimmerer

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    Premiering Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

    Botanist and Professor Robin Wall Kimmerer will join us in the Hall of Philosophy to give the author’s presentation for the 2022 CLSC selection, Braiding Sweetgrass. A New York Times, a Washington Post, and a Los Angeles Times Bestseller, Braiding Sweetgra...

  • CLSC: Ledger with Jane Hirshfield

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    Originally broadcast Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

    This program is made possible by the Caroline Roberts Barnum and Julianne Barnum Follansbee Fund

    Naomi Shihab Nye calls Ledger, “some of the most important poetry in the world today.” It is a pivotal book of personal, ecological, and political...

  • CLSC: "Braiding Sweetgrass" with Robin Wall Kimmerer

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 7, 2022.

    This program is made possible by The Louise Shaw Van Kirk Dill Fund.

    Botanist and Professor Robin Wall Kimmerer will join us in the Hall of Philosophy to give the author’s presentation for the 2022 CLSC selection, Braiding Sweetgrass....

  • CLSC: "Civil Resistance" with Erica Chenoweth

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 14, 2022.

    For a long time, it was believed that violence was the only way to contest power. Some notable violent revolutions, the French Revolution, the American Revolution, the Haitian Independence War, the Vietnam War, etc., were often used t...

  • CLSC: "Outlawed" with Anna North

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 28, 2022.

    This program is made possible by the Stephen and Edith Benson CLSC Endowment

    An instant New York Times bestseller, Indie Next selection, and a Washington Post Best of the Year, Outlawed is terrifying, wise, tender, and thrilling, acc...

  • CLSC: "Great Circle" with Maggie Shipstead

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, August 4, 2022.

    This program is made possible by The Bess Sheppard Morrison CLSC Fund

    Great Circle is a “masterclass in historical fiction” according to The Telegraph. In effortless and dazzling prose, Maggie Shipstead weaves together an expansive ...

  • CLSC: A Conversation with Sandra Cisneros

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, August 11, 2022.

    The 2017 CLSC author of The House on Mango Street returns to Chautauqua Institution this summer for a week that sees her working on adapting the CLSC selection into an opera and sitting down with Sony Ton-Aime, Michael I. Rudell Dir...

  • CLSC: "Gunfight" with Ryan Busse

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, August 18, 2022.

    For 30 years, Ryan Busse chased his childhood dream and built a successful career selling millions of firearms for one of America’s most popular gun companies. He is an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and conservationist–all things that t...

  • CLSC: "The Final Revival of Opal & Nev" with Dawnie Walton

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, August 25, 2022.

    This program is made possible by the Caroline Roberts Barnum and Julianne Barnum Follansbee Fund

    Dawnie Walton will join us in the Hall of Philosophy to give the author’s presentation for the 2022 CLSC selection, The Final Revival ...

  • 2021 Chautauqua Prize Ceremony

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, August 5, 2021.

    2021 Chautauqua Prize Ceremony and Reading. Eula Biss, author of Having and Being Had

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes ali...

  • Chautauqua Janus Prize Winner Ceremony

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Friday, July 30, 2021.

    Chautauqua Janus Prize Winner Ceremony

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and perfo...

  • CLSC: Ma Jian

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 1, 2021.

    Presented alongside the Chautauqua Lecture Series, Ma Jian’s work — an unflinching satire of totalitarianism — offers a counternarrative to the sweeping “China Dream” of President Xi Jinping’s administration. The novel exposes the dama...

  • CLSC: Naomi Oreskes

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 15, 2021.

    CLSC Presentation: Why Trust Science During a time when trust in science is weaning, when climate scientists are grasping to convince a large amount of the population to accept the reality of the climate crisis, when anti-vaccine atti...

  • CLSC Special Presentation: "Begin Again" and "Shakespeare in a Divided America"

    Originally broadcast at 4 pm ET Thursday, July 22, 2021.

    Sony Ton-Aime, Michael I. Rudell Director of Literary Arts, interviews Eddie Glaude, author of CLSC selection "Begin Again," and, in part two of the program, Chautauqua Theater Company Artistic Director Andrew Borba, to discuss James Shapi...

  • CLSC: Fredrik Backman

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 29, 2021.

    A desperate man attempts and fails to rob a bank. After the police arrive, he flees and enters an apartment open house where he takes a diverse group of strangers hostage.

    Each of the characters carries a lifetime of grievances, hur...

  • CLSC: Jim Tankersley

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday August 12, 2021.

    For over a decade, Jim Tankersley has been on a journey to understand what the hell happened to the world’s greatest middle-class success story — the post-World-War-II boom that faded into decades of stagnation and frustration for Am...

  • CLSC: Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, August 19, 2021.

    An estimated fifty million people in the world suffer from dementia. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s erase parts of one’s memory but are also often said to erase the self. People don’t simply die from such diseases; they are imagined, ...

  • CLSC: Eliese Colette Goldbach

    Originally broadcast at 7 p.m. ET Thursday, April 29, 2021.

    Eliese remembered driving with her father past the rust-covered buildings in the Cleveland’s industrial valley. Growing up, she was told that the world was your oyster, that the possibilities are endless, and you can do whatever you wan...

  • CLSC: Steph Cha

    Originally broadcast at 7 pm ET Thursday, April 8, 2021.

    A powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in LA, Your House Will Pay follows two families—one Korean-American, one African-American—grappling with the effects of a decades-old crime. In the wake of the police shooting of a black teen...

  • CLSC: James Shapiro

    Originally broadcast at 7 pm ET Thursday, March 11, 2021.

    In a narrative arching across the centuries, James Shapiro traces the unparalleled role of Shakespeare's 400-year-old tragedies and comedies in making sense of so many of these issues, on which the American identity has turned. Reflecting...