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Dr. Miriam Petty, Assistant Professor in Northwestern University’s School of Communication, Department of Radio/Television/Film, talked to a capacity crowd at the Levy Senior Center on June 13 as part of the Levy Lecture Series.

Dr. Petty spoke about her book, “Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood,” which explores the complex relationships between black audiences and black performers in the classical Hollywood era.

The Levy Lectures, sponsored by the Levy Senior Center Foundation, are free and open to the public. The next Levy Lecture is scheduled for Sept. 12.