Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a fee to attend a Levy Lecture?
No, Levy Lectures are free. Anyone may attend, but you need to register in advance. The best and easiest way to register is online.
Why do I need to register?
You register in order to receive the invitation with the link and phone number to the webinar. We ask for your name, email address, and postal mail address as part of the registration process.
We collect this information to send program updates and other information to you via email, and on occasion by postal mail. We do not sell, rent or share information about you. You may opt out of receiving email from the Levy Senior Center Foundation at any time.
How long is each lecture?
The short answer is, it depends. Lectures are usually 50-60 minutes in length, but each situation is unique. Once the speaker has completed their presentation, we move to the Q&A portion of the program, which usually lasts 20 minutes or so. Some speakers are happy to stay until the last question is asked. All webinars conclude by 3:00 p.m. If you need to leave before the lecture concludes, just exit out of Zoom.
Why isn’t every lecture on the Foundation’s YouTube channel?
There are a few reasons: An error occurs during the taping process; the speaker asks that the lecture not be taped; copyright issues. Whenever possible, we like to tape the lectures and post them to YouTube.
I have a suggestion for a lecture topic or person who could give a lecture. What’s the best way to get this to the correct person?
We welcome your ideas. You can write to Contact@lscfevanston.org and your suggestion will be sent to the right person.
Why don’t the lectures stick to one consistent format for both the type of lecture offered (presentation, story, historical interpretation or interview) and the level of audience involvement (questions sent in advance or in real time)?
Variety is the spice of life. Most of our attendees are delighted with the breadth of lectures we offer. Every lecture is unique. Each speaker works with the moderator to determine the format that works best for their material. Those decisions are made thoughtfully and carefully.
What makes a good lecture?
Presentations are a special type of alchemy! The best lectures are ones where the speaker is passionate about the subject almost to the point of being nerdy. They know their material backward and forward, and they are excited to share their knowledge with you.
What about the technical issues? They are annoying.
We understand your point, but technical problems happen. Slides don’t load, video clips can’t be shared, the closed-captioning isn’t always accurate. We try to prevent these annoyances from happening, but nothing is 100% perfect. We are all doing the best we can with limited resources of time, money, space, and equipment. We appreciate your patience and understanding.