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Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle

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The Lakeside Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC) is a local organization affiliated with the New York Chautauqua Institute CLSC, which was formed in 1878 to support reading and learning about nature, art, literature, philosophy and science. The New York chapter provides a reading list each year, from which the local membership chooses two books to read during the off-season for discussion at the round table sessions each summer.

Membership Information

Membership in the CLSC is open to anyone interested in reading, learning and discussing a wide variety of literary works, both fiction and nonfiction. The long-term goal of all members of the CLSC is to read 12 works from an approved list of books that extends back to the year 1878. Those who complete this task are honored as official graduates of the CLSC.

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2024 Events

Round Table Book Discussion
1 p.m., Thursday, July 11 | Fountain Inn Aigler Room

The Lincoln Highway: A Novel

Discussion Leaders: Francine Stetz and Peggy Malone

CLSC Graduation Ceremony
1 p.m., Sunday, July 21 | Fountain Inn Aigler Room

Multiple Book Review
1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1 | Fountain Inn Aigler Room

  • Dave Blank – American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild
  • Richard Hudson – Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World’s Worst Diseases by Lydia Kang, MD
  • Jim Keaton – The Ministry for the Future: A Novel by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Renee Shea – The Wild Fox of Yemen: Poems by Threa Almontaser
  • Sue Steinke – The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Daniel Walton

Round Table Book Discussion
1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8 | Fountain Inn Aigler Room

One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World by Michael Frank

Discussion Leaders: Lynne Hudson and Detra Bennett

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Lakeside Chautauqua is a nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of families, friends, volunteers and its dedicated staff. Our Chautauqua programming and upkeep of the facilities and grounds are made possible through the philanthropic support of generous Lakesiders like you.