The Lakeside Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC) is a local organization affiliated with the New York Chautauqua Institute CLSC, which was formed in 1878 to support reading and learning about nature, art, literature, philosophy and science. The New York chapter provides a reading list each year, from which the local membership chooses two books to read during the off-season for discussion at the round table sessions each summer.


Membership in the CLSC is open to anyone interested in reading, learning and discussing a wide variety of literary works, both fiction and nonfiction. The long-term goal of all members of the CLSC is to read 12 works from an approved list of books that extends back to the year 1878. Those who complete this task are honored as official graduates of the CLSC.

2021 Events

The Chautauqua & Literary Scientific Circle's (CLSC) first round table discussion of the summer will be held at
1 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2021. The book being discussed is The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer. This discussion will be led by Gretchen Curtis and Peggy Malone.

CLSC's Graduation Ceremony will take place at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, July 18, 2021 at the Train Station.

The Multiple Book Reviews session will be conducted on August 5, 2021. Below are the books being reviewed:

David Blank: A Short History of the English People by John Richard Green and Recreations in Astronomy by Henry White Warren (Methodist bishop)

Peggy Malone: The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison

Nancy McAlpin: The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman

Sue Steinke: The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahra Jamail

Paul Sukys: To be announced

Our Second Round Table Discussion will be held on August 12, 2021. The book being discussed is titled, In the Country of Women: A Memoir by Susan Straight. The discussion leader will be Lynne Hudson.


Dolly Andler
(440) 226-6140