History Speaks Lecture Series

Every school year, from September to May, Naper Settlement's History Speaks Lecture Series showcases a variety of prominent historical figures and topics. Lectures are held one to two times per month based on scheduling.

2019-2020 Lecture Series Schedule

Reshaping Immigrant Fiction, An Indian American Author's Journey

Sunday, September 15

Sonali Dev, award-winning author of books with a Bollywood Beat, shares her insight into writing about Indian culture.

Perspectives on Indian Culinary Delights

Sunday, October 13

Explore contemporary Indian “fusion” cuisine with chef Vikram Singh, founder of Kama Bistro, along with perspectives on traditional Indian foods. Followed by a food tasting.

A Peek into the American Indian Way of Life Through Their History and Oral Traditions

Sunday, November 10

Presenter Kim Sigafus (Ojibwa) will drum, sing, and present Native culture, past and present.

The Hidden History of Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 8

Author and presenter Rochelle Pennington shares the stories and history behind this Christmas classic.

Location & Reservations
All programs are held in the Century Memorial Chapel (unless otherwise noted). Reservations for all presentations are recommended but not required. Call us at 630.420.6010 to reserve your seat.

All programs are from 4-5 PM unless otherwise noted.


Non-Member: $10 per adult, $9 per youth (4 to 12) or student
Member: $8 per adult, $7 per youth (4 to 12) or student*
*Beginning in January 2020, members will receive free admission to all History Speaks Lecture Series.

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