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: "Braiding Sweetgrass" with Robin Wall Kimmerer

    Episode 1

    Originally broadcast 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, Braidin...

  • CLSC: "Ledger" with Jane Hirshfield

    Episode 2

    Premiering 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 reckoning...

  • CLSC: "Civil Resistance" with Erica Chenoweth

    Episode 3

    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: "Great Circle" with Maggie Shipstead

    Episode 4

    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

    Episode 5

    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

    Episode 6

    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

    Episode 7

    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 ...