Themes for the 2020 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 (June 22-25)

Women in Sports (June 22-23)
Gain inspiration from Wimbledon doubles champion, JoAnne Russell, and discover the strides women’s sports have made over the past century.

Biodiversity & Our Changing Planet (June 24-25)
Nature’s delicate balance and threats to that balance, such as climate change and invasive species, are discussed by Stephanie Green, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada.


Week 2 (June 29-July 2)

Harold Lloyd: Hollywood Legend (June 29-30)
Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of Harold Lloyd, shares aspects of his film career, family life, and passion for photography.

Bringing Nature Home (July 1-2)
Doug Tallamy, PhD, author and Professor of Entomology at the University of Delaware, explores the importance of native plants and insects to create living landscapes and support thriving ecosystems.


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)

Thomas Edison: His Life & Legacy (July 13-14)
Robert Wheeler, president of the Edison Birthplace Association and great-great-grandnephew of Thomas Edison, explores influential people in the life of Edison and his lasting impact.

Great Lakes Adventures (July 15-16)
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.