Connecting a Community of Lifelong Learners

Live. Learn. Share.

Plan now on attending our 1st-ever Lecture on the Shore, a series for bringing nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers to the Eastern Shore each semester.

We can’t wait to join Neil King, Jr and Jeff McGuiness for what is sure to be a memorable evening!

Please note:  This event is catered. 

Don’t forget – REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Reserve your seat TODAY!

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Need a copy of the FALL course listing that gets mailed out before each semester?  Click above for a downloadable PDF to get your own copy to use.

On the other hand, if it’s a CALENDER view of all the programs scheduled for this semester, click below for a downloadable PDF of our Fall calendar.


Featured Fall Courses

Discover Chesapeake Forum

Chesapeake Forum is a 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.

Chesapeake Forum has a long history as an Academy for Lifelong Learning 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 the courses we have offered over the years, as well as the growth we have experienced as we reach a growing number of Lifelong Learners across the Eastern Shore.

Lynn Randle


Welcome to Chesapeake Forum!
Do you consider yourself a Lifelong Learner?  If you are you inquisitive by nature, interested in what is going on around you, discussing the issues of the day as you learn more about them, or ready to learn something entirely new… then YES! You ARE a Lifelong Learner!  And we welcome you to Chesapeake Forum!
Our heritage dates back to 2001 and the Academy for Lifelong Learning started at the Maritime Museum.  Since becoming Chesapeake Forum in the Fall of 2019, we have grown by leaps and bounds.  Today our newsletter subscribers number over 2050 and 75% believe Chesapeake Forum is providing an important service to the Eastern Shore.
With the vast array of programs offered each semester, there is literally something for everyone and Chesapeake Forum stands ready to help bring our communities together under a common interest in LEARNING.
Our Spring 2023 semester alone saw an increase in registrations of 20%!  But we aren’t stopping there.  We are now seeking ways to help our schools create Lifelong Learners starting at the earliest ages – something that not every household is equipped to do but that our Lifelong Learners can help with.  Stay tuned to hear more about this initiative.
Meantime, I can’t wait to see you in class!
Lynn Randle
President, Chesapeake Forum

you asked, we listened!

We have created an online calendar with every course session shown for your easy reference!  Click the button below to see for yourself! 

(You can also access the calendar easily in the header of our website from anywhere you happen to be.)

Our Library of Course Recordings is available FREE OF CHARGE to anyone wishing to learn

Registration is required to access the course recording links.  Your Registration Confirmation/Receipt from Chesapeake Forum will have the YouTube links for the course session(s).  Check your SPAM folder if you don’t see it immediately after registering.  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.  

Help Support Our Mission and Vision

Your contribution allows Chesapeake Forum to continue connecting Eastern Shore community members by offering affordable courses, discussions, presentations, field trips, and events that encompass diverse topics.   

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. 

Donate online below, or mail a check to Chesapeake Forum/MSCF, 102 East Dover St, Easton, MD 21601  

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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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