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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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2023 Events

Round Table Discussion
Thursday, July 6  |  1 p.m.  |  Aigler Room, Fountain Inn

  • “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson  |  Discussion led by Gretchen Curtis

CLSC Graduation Ceremony
Sunday, July 23  | 1:30 p.m.  |  Train Station

Multiple Book Reviews Session
Thursday, Aug. 3 |  1 p.m.  |  Aigler Room, Fountain Inn

  • “About Grace” by Anthony Doerr |  Discussion led by Detra Bennett
  • “Outlawed” by Anna North |  Discussion led by Cindy Grimm
  • “Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America”  by Ryan Busse  |  Discussion led by Lynne Hudson
  • “Ledger” by Jane Hirschfield  |  Discussion led by Renee Shea
  • “The Final Revival of Opal and Nev” by Daniel Walton |  Discussion led by Sue Steinke

Round Table Discussion
Thursday, Aug. 10  |  1 p.m.  |  Aigler Room, Fountain Inn

  • “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer  |  Discussion led by Dave Blank

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