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 26 at 1pm

Eleanor Roosevelt

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.   

Eleanor Roosevelt grew from a shy, homely orphan into a confident, driven champion of human rights. In this program, Eleanor grapples with whether or not to join the United Nations. As she considers her options, she shares stories of her childhood, her marriage , her work during two wars, her husband's bout with polio, coming to the White House in 1933, and Franklin's death. As she speaks, she reveals the warm, honest, and passionate woman she was.

Tuesday, June 2 at 1pm

Tea with Florence Nightingale

Megan Wells, actress and acclaimed storyteller

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

This year, the Year of the Nurse, we celebrate the 200th birthday of the originator of modern nursing.  Remembered as the Lady of the Lamp, Florence Nightingale served on the “frontlines” of the Crimean War in 1854 as Superintendent of Nursing for the British Military. Fierce and determined, Florence fought against Victorian expectations to fulfill her calling. 

Tuesday, June 9 at 1pm

Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine

Megan Wells, actress and acclaimed storyteller

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

Dandelion Wine is a 1957 novel by Ray Bradbury set in the summer of 1928 in the fictional town of Green Town, Illinois, based upon Bradbury's childhood home of Waukegan, Illinois. As Artistic Director of the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, Megan Wells is one of three people in the United States who have been granted rights to tell his work.

Tuesday, June 16 at 1pm

Love and Frankenstein with Mary Shelley

Megan Wells, actress and acclaimed storyteller

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

Frankenstein, the world’s first Science Fiction novel, was written by a nineteen year-old girl named Mary Shelley.  How she came to write such a novel reveals the painful struggle of a brilliant and rebellious mind.  Born of two idealistic parents, Mary rebelled against English Social norms to have a relationship with romantic poet Percy Pysshe Shelley.  Mary’s life experiences add up to “a dark and stormy night” when a story born  by a dare liberates her genius.

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

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.

Tuesday, June 30 at 1pm

Chicago’s Fire 

Megan Wells, actress and acclaimed storyteller

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

Mrs. Cate O’Leary and her cow have long been accused of igniting the fire which destroyed Chicago in 30 hours. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, was an inevitable result of mud, wood, drought, bad luck and a willful relentless wind. A forty-year- old city was burned to ash. Yet, like the Phoenix of old, the city of Chicago was rebuild from ashes by hardy folk with vision, generosity and imagination. 

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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