Surprise! Due to popular request, we are selling 2022 CLSC Memberships early!

CLSC Meda6lion imageLooking to update or begin your CLSC Membership?  We are now taking 2022 CLSC Membership dues.  Current 2021 Membership status and discounts will remain active on our site through the end of the calendar year.  Update now to avoid gaps in benefits.

(Looking to purchase a membership for a past year in order to graduate?  Go ahead a fill out the 2022 form, and make a note in the comment section of which year's dues you intend to cover.)

First 2022 CLSC Selections Announced!

ReadiCLSC medallionng together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

Each summer, the CLSC chooses at least nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers. The CLSC is organized under a vertical theme each year, which is meant to help readers connect the books with a uniting element.  The theme for 2022 is "Home."

The paradoxes of the term “home” are various, invoking both a sense of community and individuality. Home concerns not only our understanding of our pasts and national pasts, but also contains the experiences that continue to shape present thinking and future possibilities. Together, we will consider questions such as: what does it mean to “be from” a place? What does it mean to build a home? What stories of home do we carry? What histories shape the place of our dwelling and how do they change our experiences of that place? How do we reckon with and make homelessness, displacement, dispossession, etc. integral parts of our understanding of home? This year, the CLSC will explore what we call home—from planet to country, and neighborhood to place of shelter.

Read the Chautauquan Daily article here  & stay tuned for more announcements!

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(A note to CLSC members registered through our site: for now, the 2021 discount code "THEPEOPLE" will also get you your discount on these selections!)

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The Arsonists' City Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780358126553
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - March 9th, 2021

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982140168
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: 37 Ink - March 30th, 2021

“There was no division so great that it could eclipse the unity that had been forged in the light of the mill’s orange flame.”

-- Eliese Colette Goldbach Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit

Week Nine Chauatuqua Literary and Scientific Circle Selection
Presentation: original broadcast April 29, 2021 | watch now on CHQ Assembly
Discussion: Monday, August 23rd @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm |
Virtual Porch

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Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit Cover Image
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Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit Cover Image

"When what is profitable is good, and what is good is profitable, then persons who no longer produce—including the most rudimentary “goods,” like coherent thoughts and sentences—are in danger of abandonment.”

― Lynn Casteel Harper, On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear

CLSC Presentation 3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 19, 2021 | CHQ Assembly
9 a.m. daily Week 8 Chaplain | Amphitheater & CHQ Assembly

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On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear Cover Image
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On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear Cover Image

“Both candidates complained about rich elites ripping off workers. But neither...hammered away on the idea that the elites had divided the workers against each other, exploiting fissures...in order to keep a grip on power in a time of great unrest."

-- Jim Tankersley, The Riches of This Land: The Untold, True Story of America's Middle Class

CLSC Presentation Thursday, August 12, 2021 03:30pm EDT | CHQ Assembly

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Congratulations to the CLSC Class of 2021!

2021 CLSC Selections in stackFollowing a Chautauqua tradition that began with the first Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle graduating class in 1882, the Recognition Day Ceremony celebrates the CLSC and Guild of Seven Seals graduates who continue their pursuits of life-long learning through a love of literature.

Join the Recognition Day Ceremony on the Virtual Porch August 4th at 3:30.

(Looking to join the CLSC?  Become a member here!)

“This story is about a lot of things, but mostly about idiots. So it needs saying from the outset that it’s always very easy to declare that other people are idiots, but only if you forget how idiotically difficult being human is.”

Fredrik Backman, Anxious People

CLSC Presentation 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, 2021 | CHQ Assembly

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Anxious People: A Novel Cover Image
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Anxious People: A Novel Cover Image

“Revealing the lie at the heart of the American idea, however, occasions an opportunity to tell a different and a better story. It affords us a chance to excavate the past and to examine the ruins to find, or at least glimpse, what made us who we are."

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, a 2021 CLSC Selection

Thursday, July 22nd @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am | Amphitheater & CHQ Assembly
CLSC Special Presentation: Begin Again and Shakespeare in a Divided America Thursday, July 22 4:00 pm | CHQ Assembly

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Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul Cover Image
African American Religion (Very Short Introductions #397) Cover Image
Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion Cover Image

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