Lectures

Winter 2018 ICLRU Lecture Series

January 12, 2018 – March 7, 2018

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A. "Mollie’s War”
Cyndee SchafferJanuary 12, 2018
Cyndee Schaffer discusses the role of women in the military and, in particular, her mother’s WWII experiences as a WAC (Women’s Army Corps) by taking you on a journey from inspiration to publication in her presentation about Mollie’s War.  Using excerpts from Mollie’s letters written home, Cyndee provides a romantic yet frightful glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in history. She traces the footsteps of the women serving in Europe following her mother and her fellow WACs who were stationed in London before D-Day and during the German doodlebug attacks after D-Day.
About Cyndee Schaffer
Cyndee Schaffer, daughter of Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, published co-author of the award winning Mollie’s War and editor of the monthly Midwest Writers Association newsletter, received a BS in math education from Northwestern University and a MS in Curriculum Development from DePaul University.  Cyndee has been selected as a Road Scholar by Illinois Humanities for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017.
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B. "God's Thoughts: Einstein's Final Failure"
Don Lincoln, PhDJanuary 19, 2018
Young Albert Einstein was the architect of much of modern physics. However, in his later years he turned his attention to trying to find a theory that explained the origin and behavior of the entire universe, the so called “theory of everything”. Not only did Einstein fail, the same is true for every scientist since. In this talk, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln will tell you about modern efforts towards this goal, and give you a real sense of what you can expect to see both in the near and distant future.
About Don Lincoln, PhD
Dr. Don Lincoln is an American physicist, author and science communicator. He conducts research in particle physics at Fermilab and is an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University. He was a co-discoverer of the top quark. He has co-authored hundreds of research papers and was a member of the team that discovered the Higgs Boson in 2012. Lincoln is a public speaker and science writer and has contributed many science articles in magazines. He is also the author of several books describing particle physics written for the public. In 2017, in collaboration with the Teaching Company he released a video course for scientific understanding.
C. “March of the Mill Children”
C. “March of the Mill Children”
Betsy MeansJanuary 26, 2018
Mother Jones (1830-1930) was a labor leader. She was a spectacular, controversial woman in an occupation and a time filled with danger. America was just becoming an industrial nation when Mother Jones started out. The majority of working people put in 12-14 hours a day for pitiful wages and poor working conditions. On May 29, 1903, 100,000 workers including 16,000 children, left their jobs at 600 mills in the Philadelphia area to march 125 miles to President Roosevelt’s home in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Mother Jones considered child labor the worst of all industrial sins.
About Betsy Means
Betsy Means is a professional actress who has performed with Chicago’s Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare on the Green, Blue Rider Theatre and Chicago Childrens Theater, among other groups. She and Eileen Vorbach are the performers who bring to life Women in History.
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D. "Churchill”
Ronald KeatonFebruary 2, 2018
It is March 1946. In the past year Winston Churchill has led Britain and the Allies to victory in the European Theatre of World War II. He has also shockingly been defeated for re-election as Prime Minister. Sitting in retirement with his wife, Churchill receives an invitation from President Harry Truman to speak in the states – at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he will deliver his legendary emphatic “Iron Curtain” speech. In CHURCHILL, he discusses his failures and his successes, his love of art, liquor and women – and the bravery of Britain’s finest hour.
About Ronald Keaton
Ronald Keaton is a Veteran Chicago Actor, who has performed everything from musicals to Shakespeare. He has performed at various theaters throughout Chicago: Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Apple Tree Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace and First Folio Shakespeare Festival, among others.  For this performance he will be portraying Winston Churchill.
E. “The James Bond Phenomenon”
E. “The James Bond Phenomenon”
Raymond BensonFebruary 9, 2018
Everything you want to know about James Bond 007, straight from Raymond Benson, the third official continuation author—and first American—commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write original Bond novels (between 1996-2002). A Slideshow presentation covers the life of Ian Fleming, history of the novels and the films, and Benson’s own experience as a Bond author.
About Raymond Benson
Raymond Benson is the author of over 35 titles. Besides being the first American to write official James Bond novels, he is the author of the acclaimed “The Black Stiletto” serial and his most recent mystery, “The Secrets on Chicory Lane.”  His book “THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION,” an encyclopedic work on the 007 phenomenon, was first published in 1984 and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award by Mystery Writers of America for Best Biographical/Critical Work.
F. “Losing at the Oscars”
F. “Losing at the Oscars”
Steven FrenzelFebruary 16, 2018
Did you know that Cary Grant never won an Oscar? Neither did Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas, Peter O'Toole, or Lana Turner. In this fun and fast-moving program, Losing at the Oscars, we'll be showcasing great movie scenes featuring these beloved actors, and many other artists. You'll be shocked to see who is on the list! Also—brace yourself—Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar! Neither have Tim Burton or Ridley Scott! Singin' In The Rain, Top Hat, King Kong, Field of Dreams, and The Princess Bride are just some of the magical films that we'll also be celebrating in our Losing at the Oscars program.
About Steven Frenzel
Steven Frenzel is a former math teacher whose students were walking out of his classroom knowing more about movies than they were about math, so he started doing film presentations 17 years ago. Steven has 50 different movie programs that he offers all over the Chicagoland area.
G. “Hedda!  A Musical Conversation”
G. “Hedda! A Musical Conversation”
Jillann GabrielleFebruary 23, 2018
Scorned by many as a crackpot in a hat, Hedda Hopper had a broad and enduring effect on film and politics. She brought a greater awareness for the art of motion pictures to the masses. Her column, with a readership of 32 million, was the voice of small town America. Hollywood gossip during its Golden Age helped to shape the world in ways which continue to play out today. Her conservative and libertarian values certainly echo the words of our Constitution in today’s tumultuous world.
About Jillann Gabrielle
Jillann Gabrielle began writing “Hedda! A Musical Conversation” in 2011. She has been a successful singer/actress/producer/instructor her entire professional life and has now realized her dream of becoming a writer. Jill has performed as a cabaret artist/comedienne/emcee in musical (and non-musical) theater, film, TV and in voice over with Broadway and TV stars in New York and L.A. This production, as well as her “The Garbo,” will be heading to Off Broadway in the near future.
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H. "Magnificent Collaboration: Julia Morgan, Architect and William Randolph Hearst, Client”
Annette BaldwinMarch 2, 2018
California architect, Julia Morgan, produced 700 buildings in her 50-year career, more than any other major architect, including Frank Lloyd Wright. But, in spite of Morgan’s vast output, it is “Hearst Castle” at San Simeon, California, for which she is most widely known. The collaboration between Morgan and her inimitable client, William Randolph Hearst, is a remarkable story of two talented people who shared a love of architecture and art, teaming up to create one of the world’s most elaborate and on-going architectural projects.
About Annette Baldwin
Annette Baldwin has presented many lectures, first-person portrayals, and Readers Theater productions in nineteen states. Her interest in Julia Morgan was inspired by Annette’s past professional life as editor of the Chicago American Institute of Architects.
I. “Assessing the First Year of the 
Trump Presidency”
I. “Assessing the First Year of the Trump Presidency”
Artemus Ward, PhDMarch 7, 2018
Dr. Ward has made numerous presentations for ICLRU members and is one of our most popular speakers. This year he will be analyzing and discussing President Trump’s first year in office – Success or Failure?
About Artemus Ward, PhD
Artemus Ward is professor of Political Science and faculty associate at the College of Law at Northern Illinois University. He received his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1999 and worked as a staffer on the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on the US Supreme Court and he has been featured on numerous news shows. He is a two time award winner of the Hughes Gossett Prize for historical excellence by the Supreme Court Historical Society. He has written 7 books. and is currently teaching courses on judicial politics, mass media and American politics, American presidential elections and law and film.


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