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 Janus Prize Winner Ceremony

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

    To view this live program with Closed Captions, please visit https://chq.org/chq-assembly-captioned-events/ and enter password: CHQcaptions

    Chautauqua Janus Prize Winner Ceremony

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a communi...

  • 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

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

    CLSC Presentation: Anxious People.
    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 li...

  • CLSC: Jim Tankersley

    Premiering at 3:30 a.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 American wor...

  • CLSC: Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper

    Premiering 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, in the cli...

  • 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...