The Athens Chautauqua Society has witnessed phenomenal growth in its short history as a non-profit, community cultural organization in Athens-Clarke County providing humanities-focused, educational programs for the general public. Athens Chautauqua is the only Georgia venue selected to participate in Greenville Chautauqua’s highly successful, History Comes Alive festival and programs that bring history to life through interactive theater and engaging lectures, and where compelling discussion stimulates critical thinking.  Both the Athens and Greenville Chautauquas believe “history comes alive” when historical characters tell their stories in their own words.

Upcoming Events

All Athens Chautauqua Events are Free.

From 1770 to 220: Race, Revolt and Resistance (Virtual Talk on Zoom)

Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 2-3:30 pm EST
Presented by Sonny Kelly, Ph.D.


U.S. Historical Novels: A “Novel” Way to Learn History (Virtual Talk on Zoom)

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST
Presented by Blaine Davies, M.A.


The Long Shadow: Understanding White Supremacy & White Privilege (Virtual Panel Discussion on Zoom)

Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7 pm to 8:15 pm EST
Presented  in partnership with Together is Better Alliance (TiBA) in Chicago and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History-Athens, Georgia Branch. Panel: Fred Smith, Kendall Turner, Val Kilmer, Dr. John Alan Boryk, and facilitated by Madeline Van Dyck.


Hamilton:  How the Musical Remixes American History (Virtual Talk on Zoom)

Monday, March 22, 2021 at 4- 5 p.m. EST
Presented by Rick Bell, Ph.D.


Boston 1770:  John Adams and the Massacre (Historical Interpretation on Zoom)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 3 – 4:15 p.m. EST
Performed by John Roeder


Rosa Parks@2155: The Significance of Her Legacy

Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Presented by Riché Richardson, Ph.D.


Reinventing America (Live Theatre)

Sunday June 13, 2021 at the Historical Morton Theatre, Athens, GA
Rosa Parks at 3:30 pm EST
Benjamin Franklin at 7:00pm EST


The opinions and comments expressed by our presenters are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Athens Chautauqua Society, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering civic engagement through thoughtful discourse, historic reenactments, and community outreach.

We Need Your Help

Donations are needed for the nonprofit Athens Chautauqua Society to take flight. Your tax deductible contribution will be used exclusively to produce Chautauqua History Comes Alive programs in Athens, GA which includes engaging theatre along with in-person and virtual lectures or talks. You will receive a receipt documenting your tax-deductible support for the Athens Chautauqua Society.

Greenville Chautauqua (GC) currently serves as fiscal agent for the developing Athens Chautauqua program.

Mail your check payable to Greenville Chautauqua, 11 Rock Side Court, Greenville, SC 29615. Write “Athens Chautauqua” on the memo line or Donate to Athens Chautauqua online:


You will be directed to a secure PayPal website where you can donate either with your credit card or your PayPal account. You do not need a PayPal account to donate.

Thanks for your support of the Athens Chautauqua Society

For questions and suggestions, please email athenschau@gmail.com