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Discover Chesapeake Forum

Explore a world of knowledge and connect with fellow learners at Chesapeake Forum, an Academy for Lifelong Learning. We are a cooperative of adult lifelong learners on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, with courses planned and led by dedicated volunteer faculty. We welcome everyone who wishes to learn, listen and discuss a myriad of diverse topics with an open mind and a respectful curiosity for the views of others. Join us to expand your horizons and ignite your passion for lifelong learning.

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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 are also field trips to interesting locations!

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.


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 nearly 2200 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.
I look forward to see you in class!
Claudia Dziobek
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 Course Library has recordings of Chesapeke Forum courses available FREE OF CHARGE to anyone wishing to learn

Click below to go to the COURSE LIBRARY and explore!  When you find a course you might like to see, simply click, go to the course page, and access the Youtube recording(s) and any handouts that are available, listed directly at the bottom of the course page. NO REGISTRATION NEEDED!

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.   

Chesapeake Forum is a part of the YMCA of the Chesapeake, a public 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions to Chesapeake Forum support the lifelong learning program and are fully tax-deductible as allowable by law. 

Donate online below, or mail a check to Chesapeake Forum, P O Box 544, 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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