Known to her friends as “Mighty Idee,” Idee Levitan-Maxted was both an artist and a patron of the arts who participated regularly in the cultural life of Santa Barbara. She also had a lifelong passion for Eastern spirituality and alternative health practices. Prior to her death in 1997, Levitan-Maxted, calligrapher, painter and poet, contributed a generous endowment to the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. The Idee Levitan IHC Endowed Lecture Series was established in recognition of her gift. It will ensure that visiting scholars are brought to campus annually to discuss the relationship between the disciplines of art, philosophy and science as well as the creative processes that bridge the disciplines.