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The LSCF is proud to sponsor the Levy Lecture Series, an educational program for residents 55+ years who are passionate about learning. The series is free, but registration is required.

Lectures are presented on Zoom. Register and you will be receive an email with easy-to-follow steps. Need more help? Watch this video. If you are still having trouble accessing the lectures, call the Foundation at (847) 238-2659.

Do you have questions about the Levy Lecture Series? We have answers.

Enjoy virtual lectures twice a month through June.

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Tuesday, May 24 at 1pm

A Black American's Experience in Theater

Tim Rhoze: Artistic Director at Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Presented via Zoom. 

Join us for a candid conversation exploring Tim's personal journey in theatre, from the time he saw his first play, to being challenged and overcoming a learning disability through theatre, to eventually creating and sustaining a career as a theatre and performing arts creative. From game changing defining moments to the influence of mentors that still influence him today, our conversation will explore how all of these things shape and inform his creativity as well as his execution of the business side of theater. Tim's experience as a Black man in America informs his theatrical voice and output, yet today, after decades in the business, he continues to rely on his Black theatre ancestors’ experiences and teachings to guide him.

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Tuesday, June 14 at 1pm

A Circumnavigator's View: The Gorillas of Rwanda with Virginia Mullin

Virginia Mullin: Ph.D., at Mullin Vickrey Communications

Presented via Zoom. 

Please join Virginia Mullin for a Gorilla Trek in Rwanda, Africa. Feel the excitement of the pre-trek preparations, hear the local drums as you begin, and meet our Rwandan guides. Experience a bit of climbing to get to the desired altitude of the mountain gorillas. Observe them in their everyday life and society and look into the faces of adult gorillas and youngsters from a distance of 10 feet and more. In addition to learning about the gorillas, we will learn some of the history of this interesting country and enjoy meeting the friendly Rwandan people.

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Tuesday, June 28 at 1pm

Quilting, Community, and the African American Aesthetic

Tracy Vaughn: Ph.D., Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University

Presented via Zoom. 

Dr. Vaughn-Manley discusses the distinctive aspects that define the Black aesthetic quilting tradition and how quilting is used by Black women writers: Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, and others to assert individual/collective agency and build community (ies).

Tracy Vaughn-Manley is an assistant professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of African American Studies, and a Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University. Her current research is on 20th-century Black women's literature and the Black aesthetic quilting tradition. Dr. Vaughn-Manley is also a quilt artist/scholar. She was most recently profiled in the quarterly publication Quiltfolk, Issue 18: Illinois, April, 2021.

Recent Lectures

Chicago by Gaslight: A History of Chicago's Netherworld

Rich Lindberg | Author, Journalist, Research Historian

Dark Money: The Money Behind Our Politics

Julie Strauss | Lecturer in American Politics


Understanding the Persistence of Unethical Behavior

Maryam Kouchaki | Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

When Women Invented Television

Jennifer Armstrong | Writer


Akbar Imhotep: Frederick Douglass, Orator and Abolitionist

Akbar Imhotep | Storyteller and Puppeteer

The International Space Station

Michelle Nichols | Director of Public Observing, Astro Educator

Megan Wells: Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross

Megan Wells | Professional Storyteller


Serious Funny Business

Andrew Moskos | Co-Founder, Artistic Director, and Partner of Boom Chicago


Remembering Pearl Harbor 80 Years Later

Robert Watson | Professor of American History at Lynn University


Spoon River with Paddy and Jon Lynn

Paddy Lynn | Professional Storyteller, Actress

Jon Leslie Lynn | Actor, Director, Teacher

Changing the Narrative: Evanston African American Heritage Site Program

Morris (Dino) Robinson, Jr | Executive Director and Founder of Shorefront Legacy Center

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