Staff Blogger: Melissa Kunz, Content Manager


The 2015 Chautauqua summer season is almost upon us, and over the past few months we’ve highlighted each of the Lakeside Chautauqua pillars. So here is a look at what’s happening this summer under the final pillar, education.

The education pillar offers a wide variety of Chautauqua Lecture Series topics, Family Discovery Programs, youth activities and more to provide Lakesiders with continued lifelong learning. The possibilities are endless when taking part in the Chautauqua experience.

This summer, as part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series, Lakesiders can expect another impressive group of speakers to present engaging presentations.

The lecture series will feature a wide-range of learning opportunities on a variety of subject matters for all Lakesiders. Lectures are held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday from June 22-September 3.

The Chautauqua Lecture Series will open the summer with a theme on ‘World War II’ (June 22-25). Thomas Mach, PhD, professor of History at Cedarville University, will return to Lakeside as a guest speaker.

The second week of the season will focus on gardening and photography. A special lecture, entitled Painting Ohio in Broad Brushstrokes’ (June 28), will be presented by Hope Taft, former first lady of Ohio, and Guy Denny, former chief of Natural Areas & Preserves for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Following their presentation, Lakeside will welcome award-winning English garden designer, Amanda Patton, who will present four lectures on ‘Gardening as Landscape Painting: Toward a New Naturalism’ (June 29 & 30). In addition, environmental photographer, writer and naturalist, Ian Adams, will lecture on the theme of A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio (July 1 & 2).

Week 3 of the summer season features a combined Faith for Living Hour and morning educational lecture series with Preacher of the Week, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Root. He will be speaking on ‘C.S. Lewis’ (July 6-9).

A special lecture presented at 8:15 p.m. Monday, July 13 in Hoover Auditorium will highlight Robert D. Putnam, PhD, Peter and Isabel Malkin professor of Public Policy at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Putnam will be lecturing on his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. The Chautauqua Lecture Series theme for that week will focus on ‘Higher Education in Ohio’ (July 13-16).

The theme of ‘False Justice: Revisited’ (July 22 & 23)welcomes back Former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro and his wife, Nancy, to discuss the progress made on the issue of wrongful conviction and the revised edition of their book, False Justice:  Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent.

The Rev. Dr. Julian Davies, pastor of University Church in Toledo, Ohio, explores the theme of ‘Why Does Theology Matter?’ (July 29 & 30) for guests and residents of the community to enjoy.

‘The Armchair Traveler: International Art’ (August 10 & 11) features Carolyn Putney, Toledo Museum of Art chief curator, and Richard Putney, PhD, University of Toledo associate professor of Art History, exploring the art of Egypt, India and Italy.

The return of ‘Civil War Week’ (August 17-21) will highlight lectures by many Civil War historians, including Dennis Frye, Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Park, and Dana Shoaf, Editor of the Civil War Times.

The final week of the 2015 Chautauqua summer season (August 31-September 3) will offer workshops and experiential learning opportunities on a variety of topics.

Recurring themes this year, include ‘Seeking Peace in a Multi-Faith World’ (August 3-6), ‘Health & Medicine’ (July 6-9), ‘Lake Erie’ (August 12 & 13) and ‘Lakeside University’ (August 24-27).

In addition to the Chautauqua Lecture Series, Lakeside offers an array of activities for youth to expand their minds, while having fun on vacation.

Some of these programs include, Fun with Music and Ring & Sing for the musically inspired, Where in the World and Lakeside Landmarks to help youth explore geography, Nature Exploration and the Junior Naturalists Program for wildlife and nature enthusiasts, and Children’s Story Time and Infant/Toddler Story time for any child who would like to listen.

There are also special events held at The Fine Print bookstore throughout the summer, and girls age 5-14 are invited to join the Lakeside Girls’ Club.

During the summer, families are invited to learn and grow together every Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on a variety of topics at the Family Discovery Programs. Some topics for this summer include, family cooking, puppetry, an introduction to the symphony, a family improv workshop and more.

With all of the exciting educational opportunities for everyone in the family, what educational events are you looking forward to this summer? What Chautauqua Lecture Series topic are you excited to hear? Tell us in the comments below.