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

\shah-'TALK-wah\ is a free dinner TALK series with 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, and 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.

Seven exciting Chautauqua talks will take place on East this fall semester. First-year students must RSVP below. Each talk will start at 6 PM with the serving of a gourmet catered dinner. First-years are not limited to the talk happening in their residence hall. They may attend more than one talk and all talks are free.

 

Chautauqua Fall 2014

Dr. Kristine Stiles
Art History
“Robert Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting”
RSVP for Wednesday, September 17th
Bell Tower 3rd Floor Common Room
 
Dr. Lee Baker
Cultural Anthropology
“Deconstructing the Reality of Race”
RSVP for Wednesday, September 24th
Bassett Common Room
 
Dr. Anita Layton
Mathematics
“Computational Medicine: Math as the New Microscope”
RSVP for Tuesday, October 7th
Blackwell 121 Lounge
 
Dr. Kathy Nightingale
Biomedical Engineering
“Ultrasonic Imaging: Making Pictures with Sound”
RSVP for Wednesday, October 8th
*no longer on Sept. 16th
Alspaugh Common Room

Dr. Victor Strandberg
English
“The Secret Life of William Shakespeare"
RSVP for Tuesday, October 21st
Pegram Common Room
 
Dr. Emily Klein
Environmental Science
“Volcanoes and Vents: A Hidden World beneath the Sea”
RSVP for Wednesday, October 22nd
Giles Common Room
 
Dr. Mohamed Noor
Biology
“Meanderings on Evolution and Species Formation”
RSVP for Tuesday, November 11th
Gilbert-Addoms Down Under