The Levy Senior Center Foundation is proud to sponsor the Levy Lecture Series, an educational program for residents 55+ years who are passionate about learning.

Lectures through June will be presented on Zoom, a web conferencing app that’s easy to use. Register and you will be receive an email with easy-to-follow steps. Need more help? Watch this video.

Join us via Zoom for our spring 2020 Levy Lecture Series

 

Tuesday, May 5 at 1pm

Becoming Queen Elizabeth II

Leslie Goddard, historian, actress and author

This lecture will be presented on Zoom, a web conferencing app that’s easy to use.  Register above, and follow the prompts. You will be receive an email with easy-to-follow steps. Need more help? Watch this video.

In this new historical portrayal, historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., explores the life of Britain’s famous monarch, from her childhood, the abdication of her uncle, her marriage to a navy officer named Philip, her World War II service, and her struggle to balance her roles as queen and mother. Get to know the woman behind the images, her sense of humor and savvy intelligence with which she meets her demanding obligations.

Wednesday, May 13 at 1pm

Georgia O'Keeffe: The Inspiration of Nature

Leslie Goddard, historian, actress and author

Presented via Zoom. Register to receive an email with easy-to-follow steps. Need more help? Watch this video.  

In this living-history performance, The Inspiration of Nature, historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., portrays Georgia O’Keeffe, the legendary artist and modernist. As O’Keeffe reflects on her life, she discusses her intense closeness to flowers, nature, and the landscape around her homes in New Mexico. What emerges is a complex person whose mythmaking encompassed both her art and her life.

Wednesday, May 20 at 1pm

Jackie Kennedy

Leslie Goddard, historian, actress and author

Presented via Zoom. Register to receive an email with easy-to-follow steps. Need more help? Watch this video.   

In this living-history performance, Leslie Goddard portrays Jackie Kennedy as she remembers life in the White House, the role of First Lady, and the challenges of facing life after her husband's death.

This lecture will be rescheduled once we are able to resume in-person presentations.

Insights into Memory Formation

Daniel Dombeck, Associate Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology
at Northwestern

Have you ever wondered how your dog knows when it’s meal time? In this lecture, Dan Dombeck will introduce non-scientists to the hidden world of memories: how they are formed, stored, and recalled. Under his leadership, the Dombeck Lab at Northwestern is using virtual reality systems and high-resolution, laser-based imaging techniques with mice as they learn to solve virtual mazes. Prof. Dombeck will share a high-level view of how brain circuits learn to encode information during behavior, and how this could eventually benefit humans with early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. 

This lecture will be rescheduled once we are able to resume in-person presentations.

Chicago by Air

Lawrence Okrent, author and architect

A Chicago-based planning and zoning consultant, Lawrence Okrent has been an active participant in the local real estate and development community since 1970. Okrent Kisiel Associates, the firm he established in 1979 and where he is President Emeritus, specializes in land planning and zoning, aerial photography, mapping, and entitlement work. Mr. Okrent is the author of Chicago From the Sky: A Region Transformed. He is a 47-year resident of Evanston, where he has served on the city’s Plan Commission and board of the Evanston Art Center. His presentation will focus on the development of Grant Park and Chicago’s lakefront.

Tuesday, June 23 at 1pm

Miep Gies, the Woman Who Found and Saved Anne Frank's Diary

Megan Wells, actress and acclaimed storyteller

Presented via Zoom. Scroll to top of page for help.

Anne Frank survived the claustrophobia of quarantine by pouring her experience onto the welcoming pages of a plaid striped journal. After two years of hiding, the Frank family was betrayed and sent to the Nazi death camps. Only Anne’s father Otto survived to come home to Amsterdam. Upon his return, he reunited with the helpers who had protected him. Loyal and brave, Miep Gies, handed him Anne’s diary which she had retrieved and guarded.

Previous Lectures

Nina Barrett | Author, Owner of Bookends & Beginnings

Leslie Goddard, PhD | Popular Speaker, Author, and Historian

Fruteland Jackson | Author, Storyteller, musician

Anette Isaacs, MA

Cheryl Judice, PhD | Faculty at NU's School of Education and Social Policy

Elizabeth "Biz" Lindsay-Ryan | Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Professor, Trainor and Consultant

Leslie Goddard, PhD | Popular Speaker, Author, and Historian

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