2013 Chautauqua Lecture Series Themes Announced

Posted on June 12, 2013

Themes for the 2013 Chautauqua Lecture Series promise to provide ample opportunities for Lakesiders to broaden their knowledge on a variety of subject matters.

The first theme of the season, “The World Today” (June 24 and 25), takes a look at developments that have happened related to the European Economic Situation and the Middle East. This theme was first explored during the 2012 season.

“Appreciating and Sustaining Nature and the Environment” (July 8-11) explores topics related to sustainable agriculture, environmental concerns and the benefits of nature around us. David Kline, editor of Farming Magazine will lead off the week with two lectures on Monday, July 8.

Five decades ago, the United States was in the midst of the turbulent 1960s. To mark the 50thanniversary of 1963, “The 1960s” theme, exploring the people and culture of that decade, will be held July 17 and 18. 

During Week 4 (July 22-25) authors of False Justice, Jim and Nancy Petro, will discuss the myths, realities and remedies surrounding wrongful conviction on which their book is based. The latter part of that week will feature documentary writer, director and producer Helen Whitney, discussing “Faith and Forgiveness” within the context of her films. 

The Education and Religious Life Departments are excited to be collaborating on the morning lecture themes for two weeks of the season. A special combined Chaplain’s Hour and morning education lecture will be held during weeks 7 and 8 (Aug. 5-8 and Aug. 12-15), and themes will focus on the Theology of C.S. Lewis and interfaith issues respectively. 

The last week of the season, formerly known as “Senior Venture Week,” has been renamed to “Lakeside University.”  During this time, a potpourri of subject matters will be explored by Lakesiders and favorite Lakeside presenters from the past. 

Popular returning themes include “Health & Medicine” (July 29 and 30), “Seeking Peace in a Multi-Faith World” (August 5-8) and “The Civil War” (August 19-25).  Additional themes include “William Shakespeare for All Time” (June 26 and 27), “All Things Americana” (July 1-3), “Beyond Earth” (July 15 and 16), “Asian Cultures” (July 31 and August 1) and “The History & Transformation of Hollywood” (August 12-15). 

View full descriptions of the 2013 Chautauqua Lecture Series themes and additional educational opportunities.