Themes for the 2019 Chautauqua Lecture Series are posted below. These 90-minute lectures are held at 10:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday during the summer season, unless otherwise noted.


Week 1

The Legacy of F. Scott Fitzgerald (June 17 & 18)
Taylor Hagood, PhD, Professor of American literature at Florida Atlantic University, explores the life and works of this noted American author.

The Little Free Library Movement (June 19 & 20)
Margaret Bernstein, Little Free Library Board member and Director of Advocacy & Community Initiatives at WKYC-TV, explores the global and local impact of this movement.


Week 2

Medical Advances (June 24 & 25)
David Kaelber, MD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer with the MetroHealth System, speaks on medical developments and the use of electronic health records for clinical discovery.

Lake Erie Insights: Impairment & Restoration (June 26 & 27)
Tom Bridgeman, PhD, Professor of Ecology and Director of the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center, discusses Lake Erie’s water quality, which led to its present state of impairment, and the recent research intended to protect drinking water supplies and restore the lake’s health.


Week 3

Artificial Intelligence (July 1-3)
David Staley, PhD, author of Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education and Brain, Mind and Internet: A Deep History and Future, presents on future relationships with artificial intelligence promoting cooperation, mutual assistance and partnership. Please note: there are no lectures on July 4.


Week 4

Guns, Kids & the Media (July 8 & 9)
Kelly Dillon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Communication at Wittenberg University, discusses the influence of guns in the media and on children, as well as the importance of media literacy for all ages.

The Twilight Zone (July 10 & 11)
Mark Dawidziak, TV critic for The Plain Dealer and author/editor of 25 books including Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone, speaks on this iconic television series and its creator, Rob Serling.


Week 5

A Garden Journey (July 15 & 16)
Award-winning landscape designer, Julie Moir Messervy, shares her expertise in creating gardens of beauty and meaning based on her book, Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love.
supported by the Knobel Family Endowment & a Lakeside Garden Enthusiast

Taps on the Walls (July 17 & 18)
John L. Borling, retired U.S. Air Force Major General and author of Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton, shares life lessons of courage, resilience and determination learned as a Vietnam War POW, highly decorated military officer and successful businessman.


Week 6

The Silent Movie Era (July 22)
Clark Wilson, organist for Hoover Silent Movie Nights, lectures on silent films, scoring, movie palaces and pipe organs.

Diversity & Community Engagement (July 23-24)
Lisa Guion Jones, PhD, Associate Provost for Strategy and Special Assistant to the President at the University of Central Florida, focuses on group identity and advocacy to foster inclusiveness.

Documentary Day (July 25)


Week 7

NASA’s Extreme Vehicles for Extreme Environments (July 29 & 30)
Steven Oleson, Lead for the COMPASS Conceptual Spacecraft Design Team at NASA Glenn Research Center, will share insights into the history, current use and future of NASA spacecraft.

Building Zero Energy Solutions (July 31 & Aug. 1)
Ann Edminster, Founder/Principal of Design AVEnues LLC and NetZero Energy Coalition Board member, shares her expertise in sustainable residential and community initiatives and solutions.


Week 8

Seeking Peace in a Multi-Faith World (Aug. 5-8)
An emphasis on interfaith topics complements Faith for Living Hour’s peace with justice focus.


Week 9

The Bill of Rights (Aug. 12 & 13)
The first 10 amendments to the Constitution, their history and continuing legacy will be discussed by Jack Barlow, PhD, Professor of Politics at Juniata College.

The Appalachian Trail (Aug. 14 &15)
Hiker and author, Jennifer Pharr Davis, returns to Lakeside to share new aspects of the trail and her work in promoting hiking as a family adventure. – supported by the Lefelar Family Endowment


Week 10

Religion & Culture in 1800s Rural America (Aug. 19-22)
Gary Moore, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Agriculture & Extension Education at North Carolina State University, speaks on the camp meeting movement, the circuit rider preacher and traveling Chautauquas.


Week 11

Lakeside University (August 26-29)
Lakeside experts and favorite speakers from the past offer morning lectures on their areas of expertise.

Foreign Film Festival (August 26-29)
This afternoon series features subtitled films from around the world with an opportunity for discussion after viewing each film.