Chautauqua—how do you pronounce it and what does it mean?

\shah-'TALK-wah\ is a free dinner TALK series for faculty and first-years.

Since the fall of 2008, Duke's Chautauqua series has replicated the spirit of 19th-century Chautauqua assemblies that took compelling cultural education to rural communities. In the setting of a free catered gourmet dinner, the series brings luminary Duke professors into East Campus residence halls for a discussion with first-year students, with a special emphasis on their research that connects to current political, social, scientific and environmental issues. Students have the opportunity to explore multiple majors without committing to a whole semester of classes and to spend quality time with faculty members in a small-group setting. Past speakers have included academics such as political scientist Peter Feaver, Biology professor Mohamed Noor, and Duke's President Richard Brodhead. We seek to blur the lines between academic space and residential space so that our newest students understand that the intellectual life does not end in the classroom, and that their academic experiences have great relevance to current events.

Chautauqua 2015 has come to an end.
Thank you to all who participated this Fall!

Priscilla Wald (English)
"What Is Human Now?": The Politics of Health When Sci-Fi Becomes Biotechnology
Wednesday, September 16th
Southgate Common Room
Nita Farahany (Psychology & Neuroscience)
"Hacking Your Brain"
Wednesday, September 30th
Jarvis Common Room
Anita Layton (Mathematics)
"Computational Medicine"
Tuesday, October 6th (*7 PM start time instead of the usual 6:30 PM)
Blackwell Common Room
Heileen Hsu-Kim (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
"Coal Ash and Rare Earths: Can the fuel of the Industrial Revolution supply essential materials for today's Tech Revolution?"
Monday, October 19th
Brown Common Room
Ava Vinesett (Dance)
"Dancing One's Identity"
Thursday, October 22nd
Randolph Common Room
Michael Munger (Political Science)
"Tomorrow 3.0: Software Eats the World"
Wednesday, October 28th
Giles Common Room
Andrew Janiak (Philosophy)
"Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Women in the History of Science and Philosophy"
Monday, November 2nd
Alspaugh Common Room
Mark Anthony Neal (African & African American Studies)
"#BlackCodes + #BlackTwitter + The Moral Diaspora"
Monday, November 9th
Bassett Common Room
David Boyd (Global Health)
"Global Health Within "The Web of Causation": Reality 101"
Monday, November 16th
Pegram Common Room
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