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Chautauqua Seminar Registration

The Chautauqua Seminar is a special event that welcomes the San Marcos Community and Honors Alumni. A few of our legendary honors professors will give talks on various topics. Experience honors once more and join us to celebrate the Chautauqua tradition. This event is free and open to the public.

Seminar Descriptions

Inside and Outside A Walk with Prof. Diann McCabe

Walk inside the imagination of natural science writer, Loren Eisley--and walk outside to unleash yours.


Tocqueville, Tyranny, and the Sorts of Despotism Democracies Have to Fear with Dr. Ron Haas

In his seminal work of social and political thought Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville called for a “new science of politics” to make sense of American society in the Age of Jackson and to prudently guide the democratic revolutions taking shape in Europe. Although Tocqueville praised the Americans’ ability to ward off the forms of tyranny that had long plagued the Europeans, he warned that the United States was nonetheless vulnerable to newer, subtler despotic threats that were unique to emergent democracies in the “Era of the Common Man.”


Kindling/Re-kindling the Sense of Wonder with Prof. Susan Hanson

Rachel Carson argued that the sense of wonder we have as children can, if nurtured, be an "unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment" we often face later in life. How did we experience the wonder of nature as children? Why was this important to us? What can we do to reconnect with the natural world?



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