You may be thinking, “What exactly is a Texas Chautauqua?” Well, Chautauquas have been around since the 19th century and began with the purpose of allowing people to hear lectures from well-educated and prominent speakers, watch concerts or plays, and have intellectual discussions. They promoted adult education. In hopes of encouraging thoughtful discussion of current issues, Polymathic Scholars organizes an annual Texas Chautauqua in which we have a six-person panel discussion involving faculty, administrators, and students on a topical issue. Previous issues have been the concealed carry legislation, the influence of large football programs in American universities, and the controversies over science and social studies TEKS standards.
This year we will be discussing the cost, value, and purpose of a four-year degree. Subjects will include online classes, the value of the Bachelor’s degree to students, and what the degree should signify to students, employers, and the community. The event will take place on April 4 at 5 p.m in the ACES Auditorium and will last approximately 90 minutes.