Levy Lecture Series


The Levy Senior Center Foundation is proud to offer a new lecture series designed for residents 55+ years young who are passionate about learning new things and different ways at looking at the world. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Levy Senior Center, or if you’re a long-time member of the Levy Center family, please join us!
All lectures will be held at the Levy Senior Center at 300 Dodge Avenue in Evanston, IL. Lectures are free, but registration is required due to space limitations. Reserve your place in one of three ways: complete the online form below each lecture description, by phone (847) 448-8250, or in person at the Levy Center’s front desk.
We’re looking forward to seeing you soon! Check below for the schedule. We’ll update it as more speakers are confirmed.


Fall 2017 Schedule



The Burge Affair: A Look Back from the Front Row

Mark Iris, PhD, Northwestern University | former Executive Director of the Chicago Police Board
During the 80s and 90s, Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was the target of allegations that he and others tortured suspects into falsely confessing to crimes. As a result, the City of Chicago became a key participant in civil litigation, costing tax payers more than $100 million to date.
The wrongfully convicted have been released from prison, and Burge was incarcerated for perjury. How did such a destructive person elude prosecution for so long? How did this litigation play out in the courtrooms?
Join us as Mark Iris takes us through a sordid chapter in Chicago’s history and explains its far-reaching impact.
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Remembering Marshall Field’s

Leslie Goddard, PhD, author of Remembering Marshall Field’s
For more than 150 years, Marshall Field and Co. reigned as Chicago’s leading department store.
This lavishly illustrated talk traces the store’s history from its beginnings as a dry good store in 1852 into a world-class fashion and service trendsetter and international tourist destination.
Photographs, ads, postcards, menus, and memorabilia trace the store’s cherished traditions—from chicken pot pie and the Walnut Room Christmas tree to the State Street store’s legendary window displays.
Leslie Goddard will lead the way as we review many beloved traditions including the 28 Shop, Uncle Mistletoe, the bronze clocks, and, of course, Frango Mints.
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Media Consumption in a Polarized and Politicized Time: What the
Typical Citizen Needs to Know

Ava Thompson Greenwell, PhD, Professor at Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
Today’s consumers have many options for getting their news—choices in format, political spectrum and journalist expertise.
Cellphone cameras are ubiquitous, meaning everything can be documented and shared instantaneously. Even the tone of the discourse has changed: with more emotionallycharged language and more claims of “fake” news.

In this environment, what does an educated consumer need to know to stay abreast of news that matters? How can one recognize “real” news? Ava Thompson Greenwell will guide us through this fascinating landscape and help us understand the hallmarks of fair and balanced journalism.
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Previous Lectures


“Magnificent Collaboration: Julia Morgan & William Randolph Hearst”

Annette Baldwin, former editor at Chicago American Institute of Architects


“The Devil Comes to Evanston”

Barbara Geiger, landscape historian specializing in late 19th and early 20th century places


“Sexual Health & Natural Changes as We Age”

Jeffrey Albaugh, PhD, APRN, CUCNS


“An Overview of Significant American Paintings: 1750-Present”

Roberta Katz, PhD, art historian and lecturer, School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University


“Stealing the Show”

Miriam Petty, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radio-Television-Film at Northwestern University