2014 Chautauqua Lecture Series Themes Announced

Posted on February 03, 2014

The 2014 Chautauqua Lecture Series offers a wide-range of learning opportunities this summer.

The first theme of the season, Modern Slavery (June 23 & 24), will explore human trafficking and forced labor in local, national and international contexts. Strategies, which can be introduced to stop them, will also be discussed.  

The Dead Sea Scrolls: Ancient History, Unexpected Wisdom (July 9 & 10), will examine the history, archeology and content of the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as their implications for Christian origins. John Kampen, PhD, Eminent Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and Dunn Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, will lead this four-part series.

A week-long theme on South America (July 14-18) will study many facets of this diverse continent. Melvyn Levitsky, former ambassador to Brazil and current professor of International Policy and Practice, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, is the featured speaker.

The Gilded Age (July 21-24), an important time of growth, will be the focus of Week 5, with special attention paid to the political and economic impact this time period had on the U.S. 

Week 6 will feature themes devoted to music and literature. The Soundtrack of American Civil Rights Movements, 1800-1968 (July 28-31) features Cheryl Boots, PhD, lecturer of Humanities, Boston University, explaining how social reformers used hymns in the 19th century and spirituals in the 20th century to advocate for equality in American society. Christopher “Chip” Crane, PhD, explores From Beowulf to Bilbo: Heroes & Villains of Literature (July 28-31).

The Rev. Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr., New York Times bestselling author of A. Lincoln: A Biography, starts off Lakeside’s 11th Annual Civil War Week (August 18-22) with multiple lectures on Lincoln’s greatest speeches.

Additional new themes this season include, Animals & the Environment (June 23 & 24), Technology Today (July 7 & 8) and Ohio Geology:  From Fossils to Fracking (August 11 & 12).

All Things Americana (July 1-3), Health & Medicine (August 13 & 14), Seeking Peace in a Multi-Faith World (August 4-8) and Lakeside University (August 25-28) are popular returning themes. 

Review the full 2014 Chautauqua Lecture Series themes and additional educational opportunities.