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

Lectures through August 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 summer 2020 lecture series

Download a PDF synopsis of our lectures through Sept. 15th.


Tuesday, July 14 at 1pm

LIFE As It Was

Michael Mauney, Photographer

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

Michael Mauney got his start in photography at The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina. After moving to Chicago, he worked for LIFE magazine as staff photographer. His work has been featured in People and Fortune magazines, and he has worked for corporate clients such as Walgreens, McDonalds, Baxter, First Chicago Bank, and Borg-Warner. His presentation will focus on his experiences while on assignment for LIFE and People magazines, including photos from the 1968 political campaigns of Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and George Wallace, as well as some celebrity photo sessions.

Tuesday, July 21 at 1pm

Paddy Lynn Portrays Harriet Beecher Stowe

Paddy Lynn, actress and storyteller

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

Harriet Beecher Stowe was a visionary. She grew up at a time when slavery was on the minds of everyone and bravely sympathized with the abolitionists. Her anger with the government grew, as did her frustration with the churches for refusing to intervene. She turned to writing to help educate people and get her message across. She felt chosen to write a book, and the book she wrote changed the course of history.

Tuesday, July 28 at 1pm

Hollywood's Civil War Movies

Bruce Allardice, author and Adjunct Professor at South Suburban College and Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois

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

For the past 100 years, Hollywood has had a long and sometimes unusual relationship with the war that defined our country. Professor Allardice reviews Hollywood's take on the Civil War, including its ever-changing treatment of the war's major themes.

Tuesday, August 4 at 1pm

Through the Eyes of Hubble

Michelle Nichols, Director of Public Observing, Adler Planetarium

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

The Hubble Space Telescope has had more impact on astronomy and the public's awareness of astronomy than any other telescope in history. This presentation will highlight some of the well-known, and not-so-well-known, images and science from the last 29 years of Hubble’s mission—plus a sneak peek at what’s next: the James Webb Space Telescope.

Michelle Nichols has worked at the Adler since June 1995. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University. 

Tuesday, August 11 at 1pm

Through Our Own Eyes

Donna Washington, storyteller, author

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

If you wish to understand a people, do not look to the stories others tell about them; seek the stories they tell about themselves. It is in those words, hopes, and ideas that you will find their true heart. Master Storyteller and author Donna Washington takes you on a tour through some of the stories that sustained African Americans and gave them the strength and determination to overcome enslavement, fight for freedom, and find resilience and laughter in the face of injustice.

Donna Washington is an internationally known, multiple award-winning storyteller, spoken word recording artist, and author.

Tuesday, August 18 at 1pm

Paris Off the Beaten Path

Kathy Borrus, author and world traveler

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

As an intrepid world traveler, Kathy Borrus draws inspiration from far-flung cultures as well as those close to home. She is the author of the books, Five Hundred Buildings of ParisOne Thousand Buildings of Paris, and The Fearless Shopper. As a freelance writer, she specializes in art, travel, culture, shopping, and architecture. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Washington Flyer, Art Business News, Bethesda Magazine, and France Guide among others. She lives in Washington, DC.

Tuesday, August 25 at 1pm

Emmett Till 65 Years Later: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Christopher Benson, journalist, lawyer, assoc. prof., Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern

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

August 28, 2020 marks the 65th anniversary of Emmett Till's murder. George Floyd's murder has been compared to Emmett's. What has changed in the past 65 years, and what work still needs to be done?

Christopher Benson is co-author with Mamie Till-Mobley of Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America, the account of the historical significance of the 1955 lynching of Till-Mobley’s son, Emmett Till, and the winner of the 2003 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition.

As a professional journalist, Benson has worked as Washington editor for Ebony magazine, city hall reporter in Chicago for WBMX-FM, and as a contributor for The Chicago Reporter, writing a weekly online column on justice, race and media issues. He has also contributed feature articles and commentary to numerous other publications. As an attorney, he served as vice president and associate counsel for Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., the parent company of Ebony. 

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

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