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Summer 2015 Classes

All Aboard the Memoir Bus!

Instructor: Judith Speizer Crandell
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (4 weeks)
Location: TBD
Cost: $60 / $72

Life is a process and so is writing one’s memoir. Together, we will support each other on our journey to recreate and recast scenes from our past. Whether you’ve been on this journey with us before, or are just getting on the bus, you are welcome to travel with us. We meet in a supportive sacred circle as we reveal scenes from our lives and document our individual journeys. This class provides a forum whether we are writing to pass on our life's lessons or trying to understand and appreciate ourselves - where we've been, where we're going and where we are. Using prompts, assignments, readings and critiquing exercises to pursue what has become one of the hottest literary genres in America (and beyond) – we will accompany each other on the memoir bus. Please bring a notebook or IPAD, along with your desire to take this exciting journey!

Judith Speizer Crandell, a published, award winning writer and teacher, with an MA in English, was granted a Yaddo residency and a place at the 2013 AROHO creative retreat. She uses her life as the basis of her own writing.

Art of the Civil War

Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
July 2 (meets once)
Location: Toledo Museum of Art
Cost: $14 / $26

Explore major events of the American Civil War through the eyes of artists at the Toledo Museum of Art. A docent will guide us through  The American Civil War exhibit that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the end of the war. Featured are approximately 50 objects drawn from the Toledo Museum of Art collection and local institutions and collections, including a monumental painting of the Battle of Cold Harbor by Gilbert Gaul that depicts Battery H, an artillery unit that included many soldiers from Northwest Ohio. After viewing the exhibit, enjoy lunch at the Museum Café which offers signature sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts. Price of lunch is not included. Transportation from Lourdes available, reservations required.

Bad Astronomy

Instructor: Laura Megeath
Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
July 16 (meets once)
Location: Appold Planetarium
Cost: $10 / $22

Was the Apollo moon landing actually a hoax? Have aliens landed on Earth? Can you tell your future by the stars? What does your astrological sign really mean? Prepare to debunk and tackle pseudoscience head-on with Bad Astronomy! We will take a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims. Plus, this will be one of the first shows with the Appold Planetarium’s new projection system!

Laura Megeath is the Coordinator of Lifelong Learning and the Appold Planetarium.

Classic Film Noir

Instructor: Diana DePasquale
Saturdays, 12 p.m.–3 p.m.
June 6, 13, 20 (3 weeks)
Location: TBD
Cost: $54 / $66

For the true film lover! In this class we will watch classic noir films based on pulp comics and hard-boiled detective novels of the 1930s and 1940s featuring some of the most thrilling narratives of American cinema including: Double Indemnity (1944); The Big Sleep (1946); and Out of the Past (1947). Diana DePasquale is a doctoral candidate in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. She has published on comedy and media online and in academic journals.

Combat Leadership of the American Civil War

Instructor: Travis Snyder
Thursdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
June 11, 18, 25 or June 4, 11, 18 (3 weeks)
Location: TBD
Cost: $36 / $48

This three week course will look at the combat records of six Civil War generals, four of whom are well known plus two who are fascinating but obscure. This course will not only look at the battlefield personalities of the generals, but also how they helped to influence the outcome of the war.

The book recommended for this class is The Warrior Generals: Combat Leadership in the Civil War by Thomas Buell. This book will be the centerpiece of the lectures and will help to bring clarity and a deeper understanding of the weekly lectures. Available at the Lourdes Bookstore for $19.

Travis Snyder is a second year Master's student who studies US Military History, with a focus on the psychological effects of combat. Travis has always had a profound interest in both the Civil War and World War II (as do most modern military historians) and is excited to lead two classes this summer where he hopes to bring to light information that will deepen understandings of major events in American history. All should be forewarned that Travis has an emotional support animal, a German Shepherd named Diesel, that he will be bringing to class with him.

Creative Coasters

Instructor: Amanda Rabara
Wednesday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
June 3 (meets once)
Location: TBD
Cost: $45 / $57

Create your own set of 4 glass coasters! Add art to your end tables and coffee table while protecting them from beverages. These will also be a great conversation piece! Layer colored precut glass to create your one-of-a-kind coasters that reflect your own style. No experience is needed and all materials will be provided. If you need more coasters you can create them at the class for an additional fee.

Europe from A to Z

Instructor: Judy Pfaffenberger
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.
June 17 (meets once)
Location: TBD
Cost: $15 / $27

From the Azores islands to Zeebruges, Belgium, enjoy the travelogue of a transatlantic cruising adventure. Repositioning and transoceanic cruises are one of today's best travel bargains. Learn some of the methods of getting the most out of this unusual travel experience. This journey also stops in Portugal, Spain, and France, plus a visit to London. Judy Pfaffenberger taught English for 28 years. She has visited 81 countries and cruised over 40 times. She has written travel articles for the Toledo Free Press and International Travel News.

Fish Bowl

Instructor: Amanda Rabara
Wednesday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
July 1 (meets once)
Location: TBD
Cost: $40 / $52

Come have fun with us and create a fun fish bowl that never has to be cleaned! Amanda has prepared your materials to make a fun underwater scene! Use colorful tiny pieces of glass to make gravel at the bottom, green wavy pieces to make bright colored shapes for the fish. You can even add a cute little red crab sitting in the bottom! Lastly add a special powder that adds bubbles between the glass layers! Don’t miss out on this class—everyone can do it!

Herbs of the Civil War Era

Instructor: Becky White-Schooner
Wednesday, 1 p.m.–2 p.m.
July 8 (meets once)
Location: TBD
Cost: $12 / $24

The Civil War created much hardship, and herbs were used both on the war front and in the home for a wide range of uses, particularly as medicine. Blooming examples of different herbs will be brought into the classroom from Schooner Farms.

Moving & Touching the Earth with Words: Exploring Native American Narratives

Instructor: TBD
Wednesday, 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
June 24 (meets once)
Location: TBD
Cost: $10 / $22

A look at life through Native American writing. Take a compendiary journey amidst words and photos to another place. Discussion will include various Native American writers and some of their poetry and other work.

Sugar - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Instructor: Barbara Mauter
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
June 23, 30, July 7 (3 weeks)
Location: TBD
Cost: $20 / $32

Attend this informative 3 week workshop on Sugar. We will look at the background and history of sugar, and how the prevalence of sugar has increased. Topics covered will include; need, cravings, health hazards, hidden and artificial sugars, and the future outlook.

The Greatest War's Greatest Generals?

Instructor: Travis Snyder
Thursdays, 1 a.m.–3 p.m.
June 11, 18, 25 or June 4, 11, 18 (3 weeks)
Location: TBD
Cost: $36 / $48

What is the legacy of the three most highly acclaimed generals of World War 2? This course will cover the histories of George S. Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Erwin Rommels, and include discussions of how they are remembered in history and whether their legends withstand the test of history. 

Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War: A Story of the Three Greatest Generals of the Greatest War by Terry Brighton explores the background of all three generals. The book will help drive the course, but will also be discussed for possible weak points. The book is highly recommended for this course and is available at the Lourdes Bookstore for $17.

Thinking Outside the Box: The 4th Level

Instructor: Barbara Mauter
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
June 16 (meets once)
Location: TBD
Cost: $25 / $37

The participants in the previous “Thinking Outside the Box” sessions have requested more THINKING! In this workshop, we will continue the challenge. Plan on more metacognitive activities ("thinking about thinking"). We will probe lateral thinking, and take part in a few interactive "thinking" activities. This workshop will offer even more challenging and thought-provoking puzzles to stimulate your creative thinking. A continuation of exercising your brain; are you ready?

NOTE: Attendance in previous “Thinking Outside the Box” workshops is not a prerequisite; just be sure to bring your thinking cap!

Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with 20 years college experience. She has taught and presented various workshops for the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University and Owens Community College. Her interests center around thinking, reading and how our minds work. She is known for her critical thinking class activities.

Under the Sea

Instructor: Anjelika Manakhimova
Mondays, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
June 1, 8, 15, 22 (4 weeks)
Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 205
Cost: $80 / $92

Be inspired by the world underwater! Bring photos and pictures of different sea creatures, coral reefs, sea shells, or seaweed to form the basis of your painting, realistic or abstract . Try your hand at acrylic painting with palette knives, sponges and different types of brushes. Gesso and modeling paste can be added to canvases in order to create three-dimensional effects and interesting texture. All materials and supplies will be provided.

Anjelika Manakhimova was trained in fine art in Russia as well as in America. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lourdes University and 20 years of experience teaching art classes. She is an active member of the local art community, and has participated in numerous local art exhibitions.

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