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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 will be presented on Zoom through the end of the year. 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 December.


Tuesday, December 7 at 1pm

Remembering Pearl Harbor 80 Years Later 

Robert Watson: professor of American history at Lynn University

Presented via Zoom. 

What did the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service accomplish on December 7, 1941 with a surprise attack on the United States, a neutral country at the time? That same day, Japan also attacked U.S.-held interests in Guam and the Philippines and British-held territories in Hong Kong, Malaya, and Singapore. Years later, at the Tokyo Trials, this unannounced attack by Japan on the U.S. would be declared a war crime.

At Pearl Harbor, 18 ships, including 5 battleships, sunk or ran aground; 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded, representing all branches of the service as well as civilians. Great Britain declared war on Japan within hours of being attacked. The U.S. declared war on Japan on December 8 and entered WWII. In solidarity with Japan, Germany and Italy declared war on the U.S., and the U.S. responded by declaring war on those countries.

The attack unleashed a wave of anti-Japanese prejudice in the U.S. and racist policies that required moving selected Japanese families to detention camps.

WWII would last nearly four more years, only ending in Japan’s surrender after the U.S. bombed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to devastating effect.

Robert Watson, Ph.D. will share his insights about this devastating event in our country’s history.

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Tuesday, December 21 at 1pm

Serious Funny Business

Andrew Moskos: co-founder, artistic director, and partner of Boom Chicago

Presented via Zoom. 

Did you hear the one about how three Evanstonians (and one Dutch woman) turned Chicago’s unique art form of improvisation comedy into an international success?

Andrew Moskos, cofounder of Boom Chicago, shares stories about their Amsterdam comedy institution.

In 1993, Boom Chicago introduced the Chicago model of sketch and Improv comedy to a mainstream European audience. In the almost 30 years since then, they have made millions of people laugh at their theater, on TV, and online including making the Netherlands’ biggest viral comedy video with 100 million views. They host international events and work with some of the world's biggest companies. Andrew even coached Prime Minister Mark Rutte and helped him write his ‘most successful speech ever’ for the Dutch Correspondents Dinner.

Their theater has launched the careers of a hundred comedians including Seth Meyers, Jordan Peele, Amber Ruffin, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Kay Cannon.

Join us for a lively talk about comedy, business and the dream of making a living doing what you love.

Recent Lectures

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

Megan Wells Presents Bram Stoker's Masterpiece, "Dracula"

Megan Wells | Professional Storyteller

Reducing Violence in Cities: Lessons Learned From NYC's Decline in Crime

Peter Moskos | Author and Professor

The Power of the Chinese Zodiac

Yvonne Wolf | Cultural Educator

If You Can't Stand the Heat... Women in Comedy

David Chack | Teacher, Artistic Director

Harry S Truman: Common Man, Uncommon Leader

Robert Watson | Professor of American History


Mandela in Chicago

Ava Thompson Greenwell | Teacher, Director "Mandela in Chicago"


The Nazi's Granddaughter

Silvia Foti | Author, Journalist, Teacher

Ed Asner: A Composite Portrait - a book in progress

Mark Larson | Author, Teacher

A Celebration of Juneteenth!

Donna Washington | Storyteller, Spoken Word Recording Artist, Author

An Armchair Tour of the Universe

Michelle Nichols | Director of Public Observing, Astro Educator


History of Block Clubs: How Neighbors Shape the City

Amanda Seligman | Professor of History, UWM, Author

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