Themes for the 2018 Chautauqua Lecture Series are posted below. These 90-minute lectures are held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday during the summer season, unless otherwise noted. Please see the weekly Lakesider newspaper for detailed lecture descriptions and room locations.


Specific lecture titles and speakers will be posted as they are confirmed.  For questions or more information, contact the Education Department or call (419) 798-4461, ext. 239.


Lecture Series Week 1

Creating & Publishing Children’s Books

Authors and illustrators of children’s books discuss aspects of the creative and publishing processes. A Hoover Auditorium exhibit of artwork by children’s book illustrators, on loan from the Mazza Museum, complements the theme.

Community Sustainability

Strategies and concepts relating to community sustainability will be explored by Jill Stephens Fleisher, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Sustainability Program, and Franklin B. Lebo, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sustainability, both from Baldwin Wallace University.

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Lecture Series Week 2

The Opioid Crisis

Featured speaker, Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Crisis, and regional experts discuss this national epidemic. 

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Lecture Series Week 3

Medical Advances

Experts, including Francis Price, Jr., MD, founder and President of the Cornea Research Foundation of America, share advancements in the areas of organ and tissue transplants.  

Travels with Neil Zurcher

Neil Zurcher, author and Cleveland “Fox 8 News” reporter, shares tales from his more than 35 years on the road as the host of “One Tank Trips.”  

No lectures will be held on Wednesday, July 4.

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Lecture Series Week 4

Jane Austen at 200

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s last published novel, explore the author’s life, works and legacy with Juliette Wells, PhD, Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of English at Goucher College.

supported by the Knobel Family Endowment

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Lecture Series Week 5

Japanese Society in the 21st Century

Anne E.  Imamura, PhD, Georgetown University Adjunct Professor and retired Director, Area Studies Division of the Foreign Service Institute, examines aspects of Japanese society, including values, the family system, gender roles, minorities and societal challenges. 

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Lecture Series Week 6

Lifespan Memory

Ohio Wesleyan University Professor of Psychology, Lynda K. Hall, PhD, explores factors that influence long-term memory, including accessibility of knowledge, cognitive aging and memory malleability.   

Vearl Smith Memorial Historic Preservation Workshop

Supported by the Vearl Smith Memorial Endowment for Historic Preservation

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Lecture Series Week 7

U.S. Founding Fathers

The lives and legacies of figures key to the establishment of the U.S. as an independent nation will be explored by experts, including Edward Lengel, PhD, Chief Historian at The White House Historical Association and former Director of the Washington Papers.

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Lecture Series Week 8

Seeking Peace in a Multi-Faith World

A combined Faith for Living Hour and morning education lecture features Preacher of the Week, the Rev. Dr. Deanna Ferree Womack, Assistant Professor of History of Religions & Multi-Faith Relations, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, speaking on interfaith topics. (Please note: special Faith for Living Hour/morning lecture time: 10-11:30 a.m.) The afternoon “Peace with Justice” theme welcomes the Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Director of Rethinking Conflict, a conflict transformation organization in Belfast, Ireland.

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Lecture Series Week 9

C.S. Lewis

This combined Faith for Living Hour and morning education lecture features Preacher of the Week, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Root, speaking about the life and works of C.S. Lewis. (Please note: special Faith for Living Hour/morning lecture time: 10-11:30 a.m.)

In connection with this lecture theme, please also join us for  "An Evening with C.S. Lewis" with David Payne at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 in Hoover Auditorium.

The Art of ...

This afternoon theme provides a look at multiple forms of artistic expression by those who create it.

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Lecture Series Week 10

Cross-Cultural Excellence

Laura Kriska, cross-cultural consultant and author, shares best practices for using cultural data as a tool to build bridges, which lessen the divide between different cultural groups.

Citizen Science

Joe Heimlich, PhD, Principal Researcher for the Lifelong Learning Group within the Center for Research & Evaluation at COSI, and Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, explores the importance of informal environmental learning through a variety of learning strategies.

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Lecture Series Week 11

Lakeside University

Lakeside experts and favorite speakers from the past offer morning lectures on their areas of expertise.

International Film Festival

This afternoon theme features an introductory lecture by Robert Dudash, Professor Emeritus and Film Society Director at Lorain County Community College, and viewing of a foreign film each subsequent day.

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Week 1 Schedule

Creating & Publishing Children’s Books
Mon, Jun 18, 2018
   10:30am-12:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture title to be announced
Jill Hardie
Author of The Sparkle Box
Mon, Jun 18, 2018
   1:30pm-3:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture title to be announced
Richard Cowdrey
Children's Book Illustrator
Tue, Jun 19, 2018
   10:30am-12:00pm
  
Lecture title to be announced
David FitzSimmons
Author of the Curious Critters Series
Mon, Jun 18, 2018
   1:30pm-3:00pm
  
Lecture title to be announced
David Richardson
Manager
Blue Marble Books
Community Sustainability
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
   10:30am-12:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture title to be announced
Jill Stephens Fleisher, PhD
Sustainability Program Co-Director & Professor of Sociology
Baldwin Wallace University
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
   1:30pm-3:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture title to be announced
Jill Stephens Fleisher, PhD
Sustainability Program Co-Director & Professor of Sociology
Baldwin Wallace University
Thu, Jun 21, 2018
   10:30am-12:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture title to be announced
Franklin Lebo, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sustainability
Baldwin Wallace University
Thu, Jun 21, 2018
   1:30pm-3:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture title to be announced
Franklin Lebo, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sustainability
Baldwin Wallace University

Week 2

The Opioid Crisis
Mon, Jun 25, 2018
   10:30am-12:00pm
   Orchestra Hall
Lecture title to be announced
Sam Quinones
Author of "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic"
Mon, Jun 25, 2018
   1:30pm-3:00pm
   Orchestra Hall
Lecture title to be announced
Sam Quinones
Author of "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic"
Tue, Jun 26, 2018
   10:30am-12:00pm
   Orchestra Hall
Lecture to be announced
Tue, Jun 26, 2018
   1:30pm-3:00pm
   Orchestra Hall
Lecture to be announced

Week 3

Medical Advances
Mon, Jul 02, 2018
   10:30am-12:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture to be announced
Mon, Jul 02, 2018
   1:30pm-3:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture to be announced
Tue, Jul 03, 2018
   8:15am
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture to be announced
Tue, Jul 03, 2018
   1:30pm-3:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture to be announced
Travels with Neil Zurcher
Thu, Jul 05, 2018
   10:30am-12:00pm
   Orchestra Hall
The Best of One Tank Trips
Neil Zurcher
Author & Host of Cleveland Fox 8 "One Tank Trips"
Thu, Jul 05, 2018
   1:30pm-3:00pm
   Orchestra Hall
Strange Tales from Ohio
Neil Zurcher
Author & Host of Cleveland Fox 8 "One Tank Trips"

Week 4

Jane Austen at 200
Wed, Jul 11, 2018
   10:30am-12:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture title to be announced
Juliette Wells, PhD
Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of English
Goucher College
Wed, Jul 11, 2018
   1:30pm-3:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture title to be announced
Juliette Wells, PhD
Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of English
Goucher College
Thu, Jul 12, 2018
   10:30am-12:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture title to be announced
Juliette Wells, PhD
Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of English
Goucher College
Thu, Jul 12, 2018
   1:30pm-3:00pm
   Chautauqua Hall
Lecture title to be announced
Juliette Wells, PhD
Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of English
Goucher College

Week 5

Japanese Society in the 21st Century

Week 6

Lifespan Memory
Vearl Smith Memorial Historic Preservation Workshop

Week 7

U.S. Founding Fathers

Week 8

Seeking Peace in a Multi-Faith World

Week 9

C.S. Lewis
The Art of ...

Week 10

Cross-Cultural Excellence
Citizen Science

Week 11

Lakeside University
International Film Festival