Themes for the 2020 Chautauqua Lecture Series are posted below. This summer, these 90-minute lectures will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday virtually on Zoom, an online conferencing service. For questions or more information, contact the Education Department or call (419) 798-4461, ext. 239.


Week 1 (June 22-25)

Women in Sports (June 22-25)
Gain inspiration from Wimbledon doubles champion, JoAnne Russell, and discover the strides women’s sports have made over the past century.


Week 2 (June 29-July 2)

Virtual Writing Workshop: Memoirs & Family History (June 29-July 2)
These non-traditional, interactive, hands-on writing workshops will be presented virtually via Zoom with the overarching theme of Memoirs & Family History. The four sessions incorporate the processes and practices used in writing circles that were developed by Women Writing for (a) Change in Cincinnati, Ohio. These are confidential, safe, nurturing non-competitive spaces where writers can find their own, authentic voice.


Week 3 (July 6-9)

Democracy in America (July 6-7)
Paul Beck, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Ohio State University, previews the 2020 elections and examines the state of democracy in the U.S. today and in comparison with other countries.

Lake Erie's Shores & Islands (July 8-9)
H. John Hildebrandt, retired General Manager of Cedar Point, reviews historical aspects of this region, with special focus on his 40-year career with Cedar Point.


Week 4 (July 13-16)

Great Lakes Adventures (July 13-16)
Long-distance hiker and author, Loreen Niewenhuis, shares insights from her trio of 1,000-mile journeys exploring the magnificent Great Lakes.


Week 5 (July 20-23)

The Making of the Bible (July 20-22)
Benjamin White, PhD, Associate Professor of Religion at Clemson University, takes an academic approach to investigating how the Bible and its many versions came to be.

Documentary Day (July 23)


Week 6 (July 27-30)

The (Black) American Literary Experience (July 27-29)
Philathia Bolton, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Akron, historicizes and explores the continued relevance of debates connected to the purpose of Black American literature.

Vearl Smith Historic Preservation Workshop (July 30)


Week 7 (Aug. 3-6)

Korean Religion & Culture (Aug. 3-4)
Merose Hwang, PhD, Associate Professor of History at Hiram College, speaks on historic and current aspects of religion in Korea, especially shamanism, and its impact on the culture of Korea.

Technology & Travel with 'PC Mike' (Aug. 5-6)
Join Mike Wendland, NBC veteran personal technology reporter and RV Lifestyle blog founder, to understand how to stay connected while discovering North America and learn about the lifestyle of a technology entrepreneur.


Week 8, Life Scholars Program (Aug. 10-13)

Great Composers (Aug. 10-13)
Scholars discuss the lives and works of composers in celebration of Ludwig von Beethoven’s 250th birthday.


Week 9, Life Scholars Program (Aug. 17-20)

The 19th Amendment (Aug. 17-20)
An in-depth study of the woman suffrage movement, which culminated in the ratification of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago.


Week 10, Life Scholars Program (Aug. 24-27)

The World of Art (Aug. 24-27)
Experts explore the works of artists from a variety of time periods, as well as the challenges and rewards of working in the art industry.