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

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

Are you new to Zoom? Watch this video to become acquainted.

Tuesday, April 9th at 1:30pm

Everyday Improv with Sue Gillan

Presented via Zoom. 

Learn to use the techniques of a master improviser to strengthen relationships, spark connections, and maintain cognitive agility as we age.

In this highly interactive — and unapologetically playful! — workshop, Second City alum Sue Gillan will lead on-screen volunteers through a series of conversations designed to help us all build the improvisational skills to stay mentally sharp and socially engaged.

We're looking for a handful of volunteers to appear on screen to help demonstrate “Everyday Improv”!

  • No experience necessary, just a willingness to participate in a facilitated, improvised conversation on Zoom. 

  • Each conversation will last less than two minutes.

  • The “rules” of each conversation will be clearly laid out and are extremely simple.

  • Conversations will serve as models for all event participants to observe, enabling meaningful insights from the group as a whole.

  • We promise this experience will be painless, fun, and 100% unpaid!  

    Volunteer by March 14 to be considered for on screen participation. Thank you in advance for making the event as interactive and impactful as possible. 

Sue Gillan, an Evanston native, has been a professional writer, actor, director, and improv performer for 25 years. Starting her career at Chicago’s famed Second City theater, Sue has gone on to lead hundreds of improv workshops all over the world. Currently, you can also watch Sue pretend to be a therapist on the NBC sitcom “Shrink.”

Shane DuBow (moderator) is a veteran writer, editor, and college essay coach with a background in long-form journalism, academia, and museum exhibit design.


Lecture Archive

Calm, Cool and Catalytic: How Older Americans Can Lead During an Era of Existential Threats


Talking Senior Advocacy with AARP’s Philippe Largent

Blues Legend Corky Siegel and Journalist Neil Tesser

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


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

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

A Black American's Experience in Theater

Tim Rhoze | Artistic Director at Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre


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

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