Hughes Main Library, Online LIVE and Recorded!

Chautauqua begins its Season with a Library Talk Series.  Each talk is about one of the historical figures that will appear in the 2023 History Comes Alive Festival. All events are free and open to the public.  The programs will be live-streamed and recorded for those that cannot attend in person.

The Talk Series is a chance to join an audience that loves to talk back to history. You ask questions, engage in dialogue, and get inspired to further explore the characters’ histories before the upcoming live June Festival performances.

These Talks are not costumed performances, but are a chance to engage in discussion with experts on the storied lives of our upcoming season’s cast.

January 24,   7 – 8:30 pm,  Steve Jobs – Led by Kevin Treu, Ph.D. – Furman University Computer Science Department Chairman

February 28,  7 – 8:30 pm,  James Armistead Lafayette – Led by Carmen Harris, Ph.D. – USC Upstate

March 28,   7 – 8:30 pm,  Nellie Bly – Led by Mary Sturgill – Furman University, Former Investigative Reporter and News Anchor

April 18,  7 – 8:30 pm,  Mary Shelley – Led by Melissa Edmundson Makala, Ph.D. – Clemson University – Teaches Frankenstein in British Literature Courses

May 9,  7 – 8:30 pm,  Robert Ripley – Led by Larry Bounds – Greenville Chautauqua Chairman, Retired Educator, Master Magician and Actor



The 2023 Library Talk Series celebrates a 25-year community collaboration between Greenville Chautauqua and the Greenville County Library System co-sponsoring talks about the historical figures that will appear in the June Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival.