Building a Community of Lifelong Learning

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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 Spring Semester with HYBRID teaching: in-person at the Easton Peachblossom YMCA, ZOOM, or Recording- Your Choice! 


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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,

We have quite a Spring Semester ready for you!  Twenty-one courses are scheduled –from “What is an American?” with Charlie Yonkers, to “In Search of Butterflies” with Mary Helen Gillen at Pickering Creek and everything in between.

Spring semester courses start April 12th and continue thru June.  Most courses are held in the mornings or afternoons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays either on Zoom or at the YMCA where participants have the option of participating in-person or on Zoom.  Several courses provide the opportunity for field trips outdoors.  Registration opens on April 4th.

This past winter, Chesapeake Forum started in-person learning at the Easton Peachblossom Family YMCA with HYBRID LEARNING where our Lifelong Learners could choose between participating in-person, thru Zoom, or waiting for the recording.  Not surprising, we learned a LOT about this method of teaching.  I must, again, applaud our instructors for their willingness to learn and adapt to change; this time, teaching to two audiences – those in the room, and those on zoom. The technology was not always cooperative, but we always learned and adapted!

In addition to an amazing array of new courses to choose from, your Chesapeake Forum Board has taken this opportunity to make the course recordings in our Library available FREE OF CHARGE as a public service.  We feel strongly about our mission to make Lifelong Learning available to all, and that no one should have financial restraints that keep them from learning. Our library of courses recorded over the past two years is a great place to tap into the deep pool of knowledge our Course Leaders bring to us!

Our thanks go out to our community supporters who graciously offered their time and facilities for in-person courses last Semester. Because of them, we were able to see our friends and make new ones in-person at the Easton YMCA, the Oxford Community Center, Snifters, and the Midshore Foundation’s Bullitt House.

I look forward 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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