Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC)

Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC)

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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 at least nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

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 performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.

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Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC)
  • CLSC: 'Infinite Detail'

    Episode 1

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 23, 2020.

    A timely, uncanny portrait of a world in the wake of fake news, diminished privacy, and a total shutdown of the Internet.

    Tim Maughan is an author and journalist using both fiction and non-fiction to explore issues around cities, c...

  • CLSC: ‘The End of Ice’

    Episode 2

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 2, 2020.

    In The End of Ice, we follow Dahr Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find ghostly coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island, where he me...

  • CLSC: 'The Source of Self-Regard'

    Episode 3

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 16, 2020.

    John Hoppenthaler presents Toni Morrison's The Source of Self-Regard.

    The Source of Self-Regard, released in February 2019, was Morrison’s final published work as she died in August 2019. Morrison was an American novelist, essayist...

  • CLSC: "In the Country of Women"

    Episode 4

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 30, 2020.

    Susan Straight details her book "In The Country of Women," which features a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women.

    Straight has published eight novels. She was a finalist for the National B...

  • CLSC: 'The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present'

    Episode 5

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 20, 2020.

    In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, David Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes' distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The de...

  • CLSC: 'The Gifted School'

    Episode 6

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 6, 2020.

    Bruce Holsinger presents his book The Gifted School, a fiction novel set in Crystal, Colorado centered around drama within a community.

    Holsinger is a novelist and literary scholar based in Charlottesville, Va., and the recipient ...

  • CLSC: ‘A Nail the Evening Hangs On’

    Episode 7

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 9, 2020.

    Monica Sok details her debut poetry collection 'A Nail the Evening Hangs On.'

    Sok, a Cambodian American poet, is joined in conversation by Sony Ton-Aime, Chautauqua’s director of literary arts, to discuss her new work, which examines...

  • CLSC: Maurice Carlos Ruffin

    Episode 8

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 13, 2020.

    Maurice Carlos Ruffin on his book We Cast a Shadow, a keen satire of surviving racism in America.

    A profoundly moving family story, the center of the book is a father who just wants his son to thrive in a broken world. Ruffin wa...

  • CLSC: "The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives"

    Episode 9

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 27, 2020.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen presents The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives.

    Nguyen’s book is a collection of original essays by writers from around the world, and a compelling look at what it means ...

  • Chautauqua Prize Ceremony and Reading

    Episode 10

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Monday, August 10, 2020.

    For its ninth Chautauqua Prize celebration, Chautauqua Institution is thrilled to host and recognize the author of the 2020 winning novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, Petina Gappah on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 3:30 PM EST on the...

  • Janus Prize Celebration and Presentation: Joseph Earl Thomas

    Episode 11

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, July 31, 2020.

    Janus Prize Celebration and Presentation: Joseph Earl Thomas, "Reality Marble".

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