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

Modern Slavery(June 23 & 24): This theme will explore human trafficking and forced labor in local, national and international contexts and present strategies to stop them.

Animals & the Environment (June 25 & 26): Lecturers will discuss the impact humans have on the environment and the adaptation of animals to their ever-changing surroundings.

All Things Americana (June 30-July 3): A variety of lectures related to American history and culture will be presented in this series.

Technology Today (July 7 & 8): Technology and children, social media and Google Inc. will all be topics discussed during this lecture theme.

The Dead Sea Scrolls: Ancient History, Unexpected Wisdom(July 9 & 10): John Kampen, PhD, Eminent Dead Sea Scrolls Scholar and Dunn Professor of Biblical Interpretation at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, will examine the history, archeology and content of the Dead Sea Scrolls and their implications for Christian origins.

South America (July 14-17): Many facets of this diverse continent will be studied in a week-long theme, including international relations, literature and the environment. Melvyn Levitsky, former ambassador to Brazil and current professor of International Policy & Practice of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, is the featured speaker.

The Gilded Age (July 21-24): The significant years from 1870-1900 will be explored during this theme, with special attention paid to the political and economic impact this time period had on the U.S.

The Soundtrack of American Civil Rights Movements, 1800-1968(July 28-31): Cheryl Boots, PhD, lecturer of Humanities at Boston University, will explain in four afternoon lectures how social reformers used hymns in the 19th century and spirituals in the 20th century to advocate for equality in American society.

From Beowulf to Bilbo: Heroes & Villains of Literature(July 28-31): In four morning lectures, Christopher “Chip” Crane, PhD, will explore literary characters from the Medieval Age to modern times.

Seeking Peace in a Multi-Faith World (August 4-8): A special combined Chaplain’s Hour and morning education lecture will focus on interfaith topics. The afternoon lecture theme will focus on “Peace with Justice.”

Ohio Geology: From Fossils to Fracking(August 11 & 12): Geologist Scott Kell, from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ,will explore the history of Ohio geology, mining on the Marblehead Peninsula and the science and regulations of fracking.

Health & Medicine (August 13 & 14): Lectures on topics related to health, wellness and medicine will be presented during this theme.

11th Annual Civil War Week (August 18-22): Lectures and educational programs concentrating on the American Civil War will be the focus of this week with Rev. Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr., bestselling author of A. Lincoln: A Biography, as the morning keynote lecturer each day.

Lakeside University (August 25-28): After a successful introduction in 2013, the last week of the season will again showcase individuals affiliated with Lakeside providing lectures on diverse topics related to their areas of expertise.

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