Creating good trouble together: CLSC Class of 2021


The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Class of 2021 were celebrated with their Recognition Day this past Wednesday morning. The class motto is “Creating good trouble together,” which comes from a speech by their honoree, Rep. John Lewis, that ties into the themes of social justice and empathy that the class wanted to focus on. All 49 members of the class submitted what “creating good trouble” meant to them. These responses were then formulated into a poem titled “Good Trouble” that is for and after John Lewis. According to the class’ co-president, Jennifer Mittereder, the great thing about joining the CLSC is that she is able to “feel really connected to something that goes back to the beginning of Chautauqua.” That sentiment is echoed by the other co-president Missy Sirianno, who decided she wanted to join the CLSC after seeing all the banners hanging in the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. Now there will be a new banner in that collection — theirs. In keeping with the theme of social justice and empathy, the class made their symbol a circle of clasped hands in a variety of skin tones, which is represented on one side of their banner. The other side features the Beebalm, the class flower, whose meanings ties back to the themes the class wanted to represent. 

  • Dave munch / photo editor CLSC Class of 2021 graduate Jessica Dickson processes down Cookman with her fellow graduates on their way to the grove during Recognition Day festivities Wednesday.
  • Lisa Ubbelohde processes to the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall as CLSC alumni and supporters cheer on the 2021 graduates. DAVE MUNCH / PHOTO EDITOR
  • From left, Bob McClure, Steve Piper and Cole Piper greet graduates outside the Golden Gate. DAVE MUNCH / PHOTO EDITOR
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