Staff blogger: Jeanne Mauriocourt, Director of Educational Programming

Education is paramount to the Lakeside experience. It allows us to engage in meaningful discussion and exchange ideas and opinions about the world around us.  Each summer, experts, historians and researchers present on an array of themes to give us new insights, challenge our thinking and broaden our knowledge about the world.

In anticipation for the summer, here are some highlights from the education pillar of our Chautauqua program.


The season begins with Creating & Publishing Children’s Books (June 18 & 19), where Ohio authors, illustrators and editors of children’s books discuss aspects of the creative and publishing processes. A Hoover Auditorium exhibit of artwork by children’s book illustrators, on loan from the Mazza Museum, complements the theme.

Community Sustainability (June 20 & 21) features Jill Stephens Fleisher, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Sustainability Program, and Franklin B. Lebo, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sustainability, both from Baldwin Wallace University, presenting concepts and strategies relating to community sustainability.


Lakeside is pleased to welcome journalist and author, Sam Quinones, who wrote Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Crisis, as well as regional experts to discuss The Opioid Crisis (June 25 & 26).

 On June 26, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, President/CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and granddaughter of President Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt will lecture at 8:15 p.m. in Hoover Auditorium on “A Meaningful Life.”


Tissue and organ transplants are the subject of Medical Advances (July 2 & 3), featuring Francis Price, Jr., MD, founder and President of the Cornea Research Foundation of America, and Marie Budev, DO, MPH, Medical Director of the Lung Transplantation Program at the Cleveland Clinic.

Laura Schroff, international and #1 New York Times best-selling author of An Invisible Thread, An Invisible Thread Christmas Story and Angels on Earth, will speak on the power of acts of kindness and human connections at 8:15 p.m. in Hoover Auditorium on July 2.

Travels with Neil Zurcher (July 5) features Cleveland “Fox 8 News” reporter, Neil Zurcher, as he shares tales from his more than 35 years on the road as the host of “One Tank Trips.”


Author, photographer and landscape ethicist, Rick Darke, shares his landscape design expertise during The Living Landscape: Observation, Design & Stewardship (July 9 & 10).

Jane Austen at 200 (July 11 & 12) explores the author’s life, works and legacy with Juliette Wells, PhD, Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of English at Goucher College.

This theme is supported by the Knobel Family Endowment.


Anne E.  Imamura, PhD, Georgetown University Adjunct Professor and retired Director, Area Studies Division of the Foreign Service Institute, examines Japanese Society in the 21st Century (July 16 & 17).


Lakeside welcomes the return of Edward Lengel, PhD, Chief Historian at The White House Historical Association and former Director of the Washington Papers and his colleague, Denver Brunsman, PhD, Associate Professor of History at George Washington University during U.S. Founding Fathers (July 30-Aug. 2).


Cross-Cultural Excellence (Aug. 20-21) highlights best practices for using cultural data as a tool to build bridges, which lessen the divide between different cultural groups with Laura Kriska, cross-cultural consultant and author.

Joe Heimlich, PhD, Principal Researcher for the Lifelong Learning Group, within the Center for Research & Evaluation at COSI and Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, explores the importance of Citizen Science (Aug. 22-23).


The season concludes with and afternoon International Film Festival (Aug. 27-30) featuring an introductory lecture by Robert Dudash, Professor Emeritus and Film Society Director at Lorain County Community College, and viewing of a foreign film each subsequent day.

Recurring and additional Chautauqua Lecture Series themes include:

  • Week 6: Lifespan Memory (July 23 & 24)
  • Week 6: Vearl Smith Memorial Historic Preservation Workshop (July 25)
  • Week 8: Seeking Peace In A Multifaith World (Aug. 6-9)
  • Week 9: C.S. Lewis (Aug. 13-16)
  • Week 9: The Art Of… (Aug. 13-16)
  • Week 11: Lakeside University (Aug. 27-30)

In addition to these educational opportunities, we are planning additional experiential workshops, numerous special programs and a variety of youth education opportunities. For more information about this season’s education programs, please visit and email with any questions.