Chautauqua Institution

Learn Something New

From lectures, to courses, to hands-on activities, these five places around Rochester have perfected the art of continuous learning. Stay thirsty my friends!

Rochester Brainery
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1. Rochester Brainery

Rochester Brainery is a community classroom and event space located in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts.

Learn from local authors, actors, artists, chefs, graphic designers, beer-brewers, and more who share their smarts in single-session, affordable classes.

Science on the Edge - Rochester Museum Science Center
Rochester Museum and Science Center

2. Science on the Edge

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research in a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years.

Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Enjoy a lecture, Museum exploration, and meeting with the speakers in a unique after-hours experience.

Learn Something New: TEDx Rochester

3. TEDx

TEDx brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe. TEDx events are organized by curious individuals who seek to discover ideas and spark conversations in their own community.

TEDx events include live speakers and recorded TED Talks, and are organized independently under a free license granted by TED.

Find more information on each of these specific local organizations: TEDxRochester, TEDxFlourCity, TEDxAllendaleColumbia

Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater

4. Chautauqua Institute

Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities.

Chautauqua is perhaps best known for its morning lecture series when the Amphitheater stage becomes the platform for distinguished speakers across a broad range of disciplines.

Historically, Susan B. Anthony argued for women’s suffrage in 1892, and Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his “I Hate War” speech in 1936. Margaret Mead, Amelia Earhart, Thurgood Marshall, Freeman Dyson, Jane Goodall, Sandra Day O’Connor and Kurt Vonnegut have all spoken here.

Irondequoit Library
Irondequoit Public Library

5. Monroe County Library System

Our 32 libraries each have something unique to offer the Rochester community. From resume-writing workshops to movie viewings, these programs range from practical self-improvement courses to just plain fun.

They all help the library fulfill its central mission of fostering intellectual curiosity and demonstrating the value of understanding our world.

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Where do you like to go to learn something new around Rochester?

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