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.

The image above shows all the professors that participated in Chautauqua Fall 2016 in no particular order. At the bottom of this page is the complete list of lectures given by each professor.

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.

2016 Fall Chautauqua Lectures Series

"Computer, Will This New Drug Help Me or Kill Me?" -- Anita Layton (Mathematics) Tuesday Sept. 13 Blackwell Lounge. Sign-ups have closed.

“Five Important Facts about the Presidential Race You Won’t Hear on TV” -- Nick Carnes (Public Policy & Political Science) Monday Sept. 19 Bassett Common Room. Sign-ups have closed.

"A Life in Capoeira: Lessons from An Afro-Brazilian Fighting Art" -- Katya Wesolowski (Cultural Anthropology) Monday Sept. 26 Pegram Common Room. Sign-ups have closed.

“Meanderings on Evolution and Species Formation” -- Mohamed Noor (Biology) Monday Oct. 3 Randolph Common Room. Sign-ups have closed.

“Man vs. Machine or Man and Machine” -- Mary Cummings (Mechanical Engineering) Thursday Oct. 13 Wilson Common Room. Sign-ups have closed.

“Coal Ash and Rare Earths: Can the Fuel of the Industrial Revolution Supply Essential Materials for Today’s Tech Revolution?” -- Heileen Hsu-Kim (Civil & Environmental Engineering) Tuesday Oct. 18 Alspaugh Common Room. Sign-ups have closed.

"Why Is America Obese (and What Can We Do about It?)" -- Gary Bennett (Global Health & Neuroscience) Tuesday Nov. 1 Brown Common Room. Sign-ups have closed.

“Building Bridges through Language, Culture, and Service” -- Bethzaida Fernandez (Romance Studies) Wednesday Nov. 9 Gilbert-Addoms Common Room. Sign-ups have closed.

“The Marvelous Sugar Baby in Brooklyn” -- Richard Powell (Art, Art History, & Visual Studies) Monday Nov. 14 Southgate Common Room. Sign-ups have closed.


If you would like to suggest any faculty to be part of this program or if you have any questions, contact the series coordinator Fausto Paguada,