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Fall Courses

30 Fall Courses - Something for Everyone!
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Fall Course Highlights

All Chesapeake Forum Library Courses are now available FREE OF CHARGE

Registration is required to access the course recording links.  Your Registration Confirmation from Chesapeake Forum will have the YouTube links for the course session(s).  If you want to be on our mailing list for the Course Offering mailer that goes out prior to each semester, be sure to include your full mailing address when registering.  

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you asked, we listened!

Chesapeake Forum is back in the classroom this Fall Semester with HYBRID teaching: in-person at the Easton Family YMCA on Peachblossom, ZOOM, or Recording- Your Choice! 

Chesapeake Forum has a long history as an Academy for Lifelong Learning (A-L-L) here on the Eastern Shore. 

 We started out at the Maritime Museum simply as an A-L-L in 2001 and in the Fall of 2019 broke off on our own as Chesapeake Forum.  Take a look at the course listing from 2001 to today! It shows both the depth of our courses offered over the years, and the growth we have experienced as we reach a growing number of Lifelong Learners across the Eastern Shore.

Chesapeake Forum 2022
Distinguished Visiting Scholar Event


Pamela "Pan" Conrad, Ph.D.

Astrobiologist and Planetary Scientist, as well as Episcopal Priest and Pastor

“Exploration, Adventure and Science: What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter?”

“Exploration is a fundamental property of all living things.  Humans are on the verge of becoming interplanetary creatures, and how it happens is a choice we can make before the course becomes firmly charted. The path we choose could determine the fate of life in the universe, and alternatively the universe sets its own constraints on the journey.”


This lecture was in memory of John F. Ford

Founding President of Chesapeake Forum

Discover Chesapeake Forum

Chesapeake Forum is an intellectual cooperative of lifelong learning, with courses planned, run, and led by dedicated volunteer faculty. Chesapeake Forum is open to everyone who wishes to learn, and welcomes anyone willing to listen and discuss a myriad of topics with an open mind and a respectful curiosity for the views of others.

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Our Vision

To make lifelong learning an integral part of Maryland's Eastern Shore culture.

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Our Mission

Chesapeake Forum, an Academy for Lifelong Learning, provides affordable courses and discussions on a wide variety of topics for people of all ages and backgrounds where ideas are shared with civility and mutual respect.


Our Curriculum

With a continuously changing curriculum, Chesapeake Forum offers sessions on current events, science, literature, history, art, music, and writing along with outdoor courses on birding, ecology, and much more. There is also an occasional trip to museums or historic sites.

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Dear Lifelong Learners:
Chesapeake Forum course leaders came up with 30 courses to kick off Fall so we won’t forget to continue exercising our minds while we are out there enjoying our beautiful Eastern Shore Fall weather!
We are particularly excited to have Dr. Pan Conrad back for our first collaboration with the Talbot Schools. She will be doing a presentation at the St. Michaels Middle High School auditorium titled “The REAL X Games: Life in the Most Extreme Environments on Earth” that will be simultaneously livestreamed to Easton High School and to our Chesapeake Forum participants.
This semester also marks our first “Bridging the Generations” discussion. This one will be hosted by Chesapeake College President, Dr. Clifford Coppersmith leading a wide-ranging discussion among CF Board Members and Honors Students and will be recorded for our library.
Look also for our resurrection of the Local Authors Series to be kicked off this Fall and continued as an event for future semesters.
Here’s a quick look at what else we have for Fall:
Courses and Discussions

A Tale of Five Communities in Talbot County, Epidemics in Maryland, Internet Safety for Seniors, A deep dive into Aeschylus’s Oresteia, The future of Crypto Currencies, Touring the Library of Congress…

Personal Fulfillment

Memoir writing, Healthy Aging, Stroke Recovery, Avoiding the Pitfalls of Losing a Spouse, The Power of Teamwork, Creating Change at a Local Level…

Just for fun 

Songwriters’ Workshop, Maryland Beers, Sourdough bread making, Paella making (and EATING!), Fortune Telling, Rum tasting…

Field trips 

The Naval Academy to learn about cyber operations,  the Massey Airdrome, and a trip back to Poplar Island

Courses are presented in-person, online and recorded and are still just a nominal fee per session.
I can’t wait to see you in class!
Lynn Randle
President, Chesapeake Forum


Help Support Our Mission and Vision

Your contribution allows Chesapeake Forum to continue offering affordable courses, discussions, presentations, field trips, and events that encompass diverse topics.  

Please designate your gift to the Chesapeake Forum Fund. 

The Chesapeake Forum Fund is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) charity.  Contributions to the Fund support the lifelong learning program and are fully tax-deductible as allowable by law.   

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Become a Faculty Member

Chesapeake Forum welcomes anyone willing to share their knowledge, experience, or passion. If you are interested in leading a Chesapeake Forum course, please complete the online course proposal form via the link provided below.

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