By Linda Pollock/What’s on Tap Editor

The Chautauqua series will kick off this semester with a pop culture look at love. The first lecture of the spring semester will be “Love and Dance in American Culture: Fantasy and Reality.” Marianne McAdam, director of the dance minor program and her husband Mark Shale, a professor at the University of Kentucky, will present the connection between dance and love through various movie clips and lecture.

“We will be reflecting on how we use dance in movies and how our culture uses dance with love.” McAdam said.

Other ways our culture perceives love will be explored in the coming weeks. Some of the topics include a philosophical approach to romantic love, the question of love in addition to a religious view of love and an author’s findings on marriage.

The theme this year came about after several professors decided it was a topic important to all of us that could incorporate several disciplines. Dr. Bruce MacLaren, a professor in the earth sciences department, was instrumental in coordinating these events.

He and other faculty members have planned this Chautauqua series for the past two years. The theme of the first year was evolution, then the theme they explored was human rights. Next year, the ideas of war and peace will be presented.

“We selected two ideas for next year. The ideas of war and peace are universally important ideas that all of us should be reflecting upon over the next year.” MacLaren said.

The intention of the chautauqua series is to provide lectures on many topics that may not be addressed in the classroom. They also do it in an easy-to-understand fashion.

“Almost all the speakers strive to reach students, faculty and the people of the surrounding counties,” MacLaren said. “We want to provide a time where students and faculty can listen to voices from other places because those voices can alter how all of us think about issues of importance.”

MacLaren praises the speakers who share with Eastern’s students, faculty and community.

“With a fairly small budget the university is able to bring speakers of considerable reputation to campus,” MacLaren said. But also, the faculty at Eastern “are as exciting and knowledgeable as the speakers from off-campus.”

McAdam’s presentation on love and dance will be tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Services Building.