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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Chautauqua is a unique institution due to the confluence of people and performers, viewpoints and cultures, art forms, theories, and theologies. Summer programs focus on a mix of timeless and contemporary topics throughout the week, such as Art, Music, Literature, Nature, History, Politics, Law, and Religions. Come and learn for yourself why the Chautauqua experience is so very special.


• Hear from notable experts during morning classes exclusively for our Road Scholar group.
• Your tuition includes a Chautauqua gate ticket admitting you to Amphitheater lectures featuring world-class speakers plus numerous options each day for recitals, talks, nature walks, and much more.
• Each evening offers a dazzling array of entertainment events..

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New in 2015: Road Scholar is offering its first Great American Get-Together at Chautauqua the week of August 23-30, titled Creating Livable Communities (program #22062). Join us on this special 7-night, 8-day summer program to delve into the growing body of research that enables us to live healthier, more sustainable lives, featuring an architectural field trip to the city of Buffalo and the arts-and-crafts era Roycroft Campus, as well as Niagara Falls.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

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Walking up to one mile on uneven terrain.

Date Notes
The theme topic for this week is "21st Century Literacies." How do we build literacy in a variety of disciplines and encourage others to do the same? How can these efforts help in building a well informed citizenry? This week we will hear from proponents of literacy in numerous fields, including art, history, science, technology, geography and finance. Enjoy an evening with Charlie Rose, acclaimed interviewer, broadcast journalist, and co-anchor of CBS This Morning.7/5/2015
The theme topic for this weeks is "Boys will be Boys, Then Men." What`s happening to our boys? A large and growing body of scholarship suggests that all boys are facing enormous challenges with healthy development and socialization. We will hear how experts, schools and nonprofits organizations are providing new learning and societal support for "raising" a healthier male population.7/12/2015
The theme topic of this week is titled " Immigration." We will track current trends in movements of peoples throughout the world, inside and outside the ongoing American debate over legal and illegal immigration. Where are people moving , and why? What is expected of the immigrant and the country of immigration? How does migration impact economies and cultures?7/19/2015
The theme topic of this week is titled " Irrationality." Duke professor Dean Ariely and his social-science contemporaries will explore the complex, often irrational world of human decision-making in a week that includes analysis of simultaneous research on Chautauquans. Why do we act in ways that defy our interests? How do we justify our own dishonesty? How do we consistently contradict our stated intentions?7/26/2015
The theme for this week is on the topic titled "Art & Politics". The history of politics is also a history of art in politics- to frame, to distort, to manipulate. Lecturers will demonstrate how art is used in politics and to influence political processes, using examples in music, fine art, photography, the digital world, comedy, satire, and language. 8/2/2015
The theme topic for this week is titled " Vanishing". Almost everything that ever existed no longer does. We will mine history to rediscover what has vanished- or nearly vanished- in anthropology, ecology, technology, ideology. What do we wish we could have back? What are we glad is gone? What is about to vanish? Why does it matter? 8/9/2015
The them topic for this week is "Redefining Europe." A Colonial Williamsburg/Chautauqua Institution Emerging Citizenship Series. We will examine what it means to be a citizen of Europe today. Is the European Union united, or not? Does citizenship differ in meaning to residents of established versus developing nations? How does the sense of citizenship develop in former Eastern Bloc countries compare- and or co-exist- with Western Europe?8/16/2015
The theme topic for this week is " The Middle East Now and Next." Today`s and tomorrow`s brightest thinkers and doers in global affairs will come together for an in-depth inquiry to further understand this region. Past Chautauqua lecturers who have provided expertise on the Middle East will engage in conversation with a person they believe will have significant future influence in the region.

Coordinated by the Chautauqua Institution.

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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
15 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
10 Performances


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