Save the dates. August 8–15, 2012. Enrich your life. Stretch your creativity.

The annual Summer Chautauqua offers a variety of classes by St. Kate’s renowned professors, talented staff and knowledgeable alumnae. Most offerings are two hours and sure to nurture inquisitive minds, stretch creativity and provide an atmosphere for interaction and camaraderie. Our first annual Summer Chautauqua was held in August 2011 and offered 35 classes and events to over 650 registrants.

Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, providing speakers, teachers, entertainers, religious leaders and experts of the day. Chautauqua events were held primarily in rural areas where easy access to arts and culture was limited.

While the Chautauqua movement wound down by 1940 as automobiles, radio and movie theaters brought the world to more remote areas, popular Chautauqua destination gatherings continue to this day.

The tradition fits with St. Kate’s efforts to provide lifelong learning opportunities through one-time classes and special events.

Check back for event updates in the coming months.