History Speaks Lecture Series
Naper Settlement’s History Speaks Lecture Series showcases a variety of prominent historical figures and topics.
Location & Registration
History Speaks lectures are currently being held virtually on Zoom until further notice. All programs are from 4-5PM unless stated otherwise. Online pre-registration is required. Registrants will receive a Zoom invitation with information on how to access the virtual lecture prior to the event. Please note: only 100 spaces are available per lecture on a first-come, first-served basis.
A Time of Pandemic and Unrest: Chicago 1918-1919
January 17, 2021 | Register
The Spanish flu ravaged the world in 1918-1919. Chicago lost more than 20,000 residents during the epidemic. Those who survived confronted a city in crisis: high unemployment and labor conflict spurred political unrest. Those factors exacerbated the growing racial tensions that erupted in the July 1919 Race Riot. This lecture will be led by Dr. Ann Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History at North Central College.
African American Heroes and Sheroes
February 7, 2021 | Register
This program is by Linda Gorham, a storyteller. By looking at her own family’s dreams and goals, Linda Gorham shares stories of African American men and women who broke color barriers and had noteworthy accomplishments – often in spite of difficult circumstances. Gorham incorporates story, music, photographs, personal narrative, quotes, and historical facts to commemorate their achievements.