Chautauqua-in-Chagrin returns for a fifth season bringing renowned speakers from the venerable Chautauqua Institution of western New York to Chagrin Falls for thought-provoking lectures and performances beginning Tuesday, July 12. Programs will be held at various venues in Chagrin Falls village on four consecutive Tuesday evenings through August 2.
Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Director of Religion at Chautauqua Institution, was instrumental in establishing the unique programming since its inception. Rev. Campbell recalled the decision the foundation board made to take on the prominent undertaking, saying, “It was just an idea put on the table. Let's take this risk. Let's see what happens. We can bring some of our speakers down, call it Chautauqua-in-Chagrin, and offer four weeks of a taste of Chautauqua. It has been very successful.”
The topics and dates correlate to the summer schedule at Chautauqua Institution and include:
July 12, Alliance and Espionage; July 19, A Case for the Arts; July 26, Women Transcending Boundaries; and August 2, Ancient Persia to Today's Iran.
Each evening offers two presentations, held at different locations in the village. Programs will feature both recognized experts from the Chautauqua Institution lecture schedule and presentations by notable Greater Cleveland connections, with expertise in the weekly topic. In addition, the Chagrin Falls Library will coordinate Young Readers Programs, multi-generational book discussions in the Chautauqua tradition, to serve family audiences.
New this year, participating restaurants will offer advance sale Preferred Seating ticket holders various discounts. Complimentary shuttle bus transportation will be provided between venues.
In keeping with the Chautauqua experience, “Gate Passes” may be purchased to include entry to all events throughout the evening. Single lecture admission will also be available.