An exciting mixture of education and entertainment, Ohio Chautauqua will travel to four communities across the state this summer. The 2016 tour begins in Brimfield (June 7-11), where Ohio Chautauqua will serve as a centerpiece of the town’s bicentennial celebrations. Follow the program to Hamilton (June 14-18), where the stage will be set on the Miami University-Hamilton campus. The next stop is Gallipolis (June 21-25). Known for its friendly people and natural beauty, Gallipolis is hosting its sixth visit from Ohio Chautauqua. The tour concludes in Rossford (June 28-July 2), a history-minded community that first welcomed Ohio Chautauqua in 2013.
This summer, Ohio Chautauqua will explore The Natural World. The program showcases historical figures who present diverse perspectives on the natural world, including:
Marie Skłodowska Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized French physicist and chemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in both physics and chemistry for her pioneering research on radioactivity. Susan Marie Frontczak brings Madame Curie to life to share how this tenacious and brilliant scientist strove to understand the invisible force of nature we call radioactivity.
Chief Cornstalk (Shawnee: Hokoleskwa) (ca. 1720 – November 10, 1777) was a prominent leader of the Shawnee nation just prior to the American Revolution. Dan Cutler’s portrayal of Cornstalk reveals how Native American practices regarding the natural world changed in the face of European colonization.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus(1818). Susan Marie Frontczak’s presentation will illuminate Shelley’s relationship with the natural world, which for her variously represented healing, romance, adventure, inspiration, adventure, terror, and solace.
Theodore Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), often referred to as Teddy or TR, was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States, from 1901 to 1909. John Charles Chalberg’s Teddy Roosevelt introduces us to this “force of nature” who believed in both preserving wilderness and making use of its natural resources.
Dian Fossey (January 16, 1932 – c. December 26, 1985) was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist whose 1983 book Gorillas in the Mist brought worldwide attention to her study of mountain gorilla groups in Rwanda and her battle to save the gorillas from extinction. Dianne Moran’s dramatic depiction of Fossey uncovers a life of passion and trust that challenged the accepted role of the scientist in the world of primates in the wild.
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