Every year, the Chautauqua Institution opens its gates to the public and hosts nine weeks of educational events. While the performances and theater shows are definitely a major draw to the Institution, the lectures are the highlight of any season. From interfaith lectures that present everyday problems from a religious and philosophical perspective to the meeting of the country’s oldest book club, there’s something for everyone! Visit one of the morning lectures, which serves as an open forum or any of the heritage lectures, which explore the rich history of the Chautauqua Institution and its effect on American culture. Find out everything you need to know about Chautauqua Institution lectures!
These fantastic Chautauqua Institution lectures are riveting! Don’t forget to take a break during the day to refuel! There are so many amazing restaurants in the area. Access our free Vacation Guide to find out our recommendations!
The History of the Chautauqua Institution Lectures
The Chautauqua Institution was first founded in 1874 by an inventor and a Methodist Bishop as a teaching camp for Sunday School teachers. Since then, the Institution has continuously been in operation, offering educational activities to the public during its on-season. These range from educational lectures to concerts and performances.
Past Notable Presenters
Every year, the Chautauqua Institute brings notable presenters to speak to the crowds. From religious leaders to politicians to professors, there is such a wide range of speakers. One of the many notable speakers in recent years is Hillary Clinton, who gave a speech in 2003 titled “Living History.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his famous 1936 “I Hate War” speech in the Chautauqua Amphitheater.
Choose from the Lectures
The lectures are broken up into six different categories: morning lectures, interfaith lectures, heritage lectures, Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Authors, Visiting and Resident Artists lectures, and special lectures. Each type of lecture has a bit of a different structure and focus, so it’s a great tool to figure out which talks are more likely to interest you. Most of these lectures don’t require additional admission.
Revisit Past Lectures
Are you looking for a comprehensive collection of past lectures? Visit The Great Lecture Library! You can download individual lectures for $9.95 or purchase a subscription which includes unlimited streaming of the over 1,200 lectures and sermons. This is such an incredible resource that guarantees that these talks will be available forever. The lectures date back to 1994, so you’ll have more than 20 years of lectures to browse through!
Return to The Spencer Hotel & Spa
Stay at The Spencer Hotel & Spa, which is located just minutes from the Chautauqua Institutions lectures! It is the perfect way to end a busy day of education. Our literary-themed rooms are uniquely and lovingly decorated to fit the authors for whom they are named. Take, for instance, the John Keats room. This room boasts an inviting French double bed and hand-painted murals that are perfectly suited to one of England’s greatest poets.
In the morning, enjoy the delicious complimentary breakfast, made fresh. It’s the perfect way to start your day! Browse the rest of our accommodations and book your room today! We look forward to having you.