Chagrin Arts will host its 13th season of its summer Chautauqua-in-Chagrin lecture series beginning June 11 at the Federated Church, 76 Bell St. in Chagrin Falls. The program will take a look at significant issues that American culture faces with the goal of creating an open dialogue on how to address them.

The first lecture on June 11, “Effects of Global Warming – Climate Change in NE Ohio,” will be presented by Marc Lefkowitz, acting director and creator of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute. He will share the key to sustainability and the development of ecological cities where people can live healthy lives with reduced environmental footprints.

The Ohio Innocence Project, moderated by Pierce Reed, will continue the series and feature guest artists/exonerees Nancy Smith and Raymond Towler on June 25 as they discuss their story and the significance that the arts had on their lives in prison.

Empowering Girls to Make Them Successful is the next topic on July 2. Dr. Lisa Damour, New York Times columnist and bestselling author, will provide guidance to girls and their parents, teachers and advocates through her latest guide, “Under Pressure.” She will address the toxic pressures to which girls and young women are subjected.

Executive Director Lou Douthit of Play on Shakespeare! will close the series on July 16. Tyler Collins and Delaney Hagy, co-directors of Shakespeare-in-the Valley’s production of “As You Like It,” and other members of the cast will join Ms. Douthit to perform live readings and demonstrations of this project that has “translated” Shakespeare’s original works to modern-day English as companion pieces to the bard’s works.

All Chautauqua-in-Chagrin programs will begin at 6:30 p.m., with corresponding educational children’s Chautauqua-in-Chagrin Young Explorers events for grades kindergarten through five held at the Chagrin Falls Library, 100 East Orange St., on the same days.

Single tickets are $20 for preferred seating and $15 for general seating. Subscriptions are available and saves $15 on preferred seating ($65) and $10 on general seating ($50) if you purchase all four programs together. Student tickets, for those age 25 and under, are available for $5 for each event. To purchase tickets for Chautauqua-in-Chagrin, go to, stop at the Chagrin Arts Box Office, 88 N. Main St., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or call Chagrin Arts at 440-247-9700.The Young Explorer programs are free but reservations are required by calling 440-247-3556.

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