Chattanooga State Chautauqua Lecture Series: Exploring Middle Eastern Literature: A Cultural Celebration

March 15, 2021 | Keri Lamb | Internal Press Release

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The Humanities and Fine Arts Division of Chattanooga State Community College will host the fifth installment of its 2020-2021 virtual Chautauqua Lecture Series on Thursday, March 18 at 2 p.m. This is a fully virtual Zoom event, with pre-registration required. Sign up at

In 1874, people gathered on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in New York State to enjoy speakers, teachers, musicians, and specialists who entertained and educated members of the community, thus catalyzing an adult education movement that subsequently spread throughout rural America. Since 2014, Chattanooga State has hosted its own monthly Chautauqua to unite faculty, students, staff, and the larger Chattanooga community in exploring a wide array of topics within the Humanities.   

This month, Professor De'Lara Stephens and Assistant Professor Mollee Shannon will present “Exploring Middle Eastern Literature.” In this virtual Chautauqua, Stephens and Shannon will delve into the rich cultural heritage of Middle Eastern Literature. Not only will they examine established works and introduce contemporary writers, but they will invite the audience to explore Eastern culture through its often-overlooked literary heritage.