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Women of Wisdom Lecture Series

Since 2001, the Women of Wisdom Society has joined together to share in the pursuit of knowledge and the joy of learning. Each fall, distinguished educators, innovators and professionals visit Loyola Academy to present thought-provoking lectures followed by lively discussions that often continue through lunch.

If you're already a WOW subscriber, we're thrilled to welcome you back for our 16th season. If you've never experienced our acclaimed lecture and lunch series, why not start a new autumn tradition that will expand your social circle, broaden your horizons and change the way you think about the world? Isn't it time you joined the conversation?

The 2017 lecture series begins on September 26 and continues every other week through November 7. A special private bus tour of famous Chicago parks led by docents from the Chicago Architecture Foundation is available on September 19 for those subscribers that purchase the four lecture series.

Set aside a few Tuesday mornings to be enlightened and entertained at the Women of Wisdom Lecture Series!

Questions? Please contact Joan Schniedwind at 847.920.2765 or jschniedwind@loy.org.

We look forward to seeing you in September!
Online registration has closed. Please contact Joan Schniedwind at jschniedwind@loy.org with any questions or last minute reservations.

WOW Committee Members

Co-Chair
Marcia Desmond
Co-Chair
Kathleen Harwood

Mimi Brault
Sally Dancer
Barbara Goschi
Alisa Kanellitsas
Tracie Michalek
Anne Michels
Catherine Murdoch
Katie Nicolau
Kathy Pappas
Lyn Petersen
Liz Price
Mary Rafferty
Cindy Rowe
Jill Rueth
Andra Starshak
Amy Thalmann
Lisa Faremouth Weber
Jody Weschler
Anne Williams


Sophie Streeter, Director of Special Events
Joan Schniedwind, Special Events Coordinator

September 19

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  • City in a Garden: A Tour of Chicago Parks Old and New

    Led by Chicago Architecture Foundation docents Maurice Champagne and Barbara Clark
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September 26

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  • Three Little Words

    Ashley Rhodes-Courter, MSW
    Author, speaker and child welfare advocate
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October 10

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  • What to Watch: Breakthroughs in Women's Health

    Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD
    Vice Chair for Research, Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
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October 24

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  • Dying to Travel and Fight for a Foreign Cause: Foreign Fighters and the Global Struggle for ISIS

    Peter J. Schraeder, PhD
    Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Loyola University Chicago
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November 7

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  • The Impact of Judicial Decisions on Domestic Policy

    PANELISTS: The Honorable Amy J. St. Eve, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and The Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

    MODERATOR: Betty O’Shaughnessy, PhD, author and former Loyola Academy social studies teacher
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Our Mission

To form women and men for meaningful lives of leadership and service in imitation of Jesus Christ through a college preparatory education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Loyola Academy admits students of any race, color and national origin or ethnic origin.