Chautauqua at St Catherine University Kicks Off August 8

Lively learners of every vintage have a chance to kick off (literally) the Summer Chautauqua series that will burst forth for a second year on the campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph in St. Paul’s Highland area.  On Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 p.m. the music ensemble Bara, with dance caller Ann Wiberg, will host a Ceili (pronounced KAY-lee), the traditional Irish gathering of fun, fellowship, laughs and a chance to trip the light fantastic.

The merriment takes place on the SCU campus in Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine hall (student union/library).  Registration for the Kickoff Bara is $10 for adults, $5 for children who have a special invitation to participate.

The Ceili kicks off the week-long Chautauqua program  (August 8-15,) targeted to adult learners who have lots to learn – about everything from “Hmong Culture and Shamanism in Today’s Society” to “From Gene Kelly to Generation X: The Transformation of American Musical Theater,” to “Human Trafficking in Minnesota.” Sessions meet throughout the day and evening .  The week wraps up with a well-deserved Ice Cream Social featuring “musical stringman” Paul Imholte on Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 p.m.

Prices for individual classes vary.  For a full schedule of classes, faculty, times and sites and a campus map, email stkate.edu/Chautauqua or 651 690 6666.

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NEW FOR 2012 at Chautauqua is a Girls Leadership Track set for Friday, August 10 through Monday morning, August 13.  Geared to girls entering 6th through 8th grade in Fall 2012, the program requires that youth be accompanied by an adult “champion” –  mother, aunt, grandmother, friend or another “mentor.”

The program will provide tools and resources for girls to “carry their leadership journey forward.”  Participates may attend any or all of the classes in the track; cost for the Girls Leadership Track is $40.

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