Join us for refreshments at 9:15 a.m. followed by presentations from outstanding speakers 10–11 a.m. in the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University. Free for members and first-time visitors.
Raising the Poor to Self-Determination
Baldemar Velásquez is an internationally recognized leader in the farmworker and immigrant rights movements. As co-founder and president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), Velásquez set international precedents in labor history by unionizing and empowering the most marginalized workers in the country. His long-fought campaigns are inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King. For this work he was named a MacArthur Fellow (1989) and awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle (1994), the highest honor Mexico can bestow a non-citizen. Now he’s working with Toledo’s urban youth in an employment readiness and leadership program.
Interstate Construction in Northwest Ohio:
How ODOT is Improving our Highway System
Orange barrels are everywhere along the Toledo Metro Interstate. Ohio Department of Transportation’s Public Information Officer Theresa Pollick will explain how the construction in northwest Ohio not only upgrades the condition of the roads we drive on, but improves safety and reduces congestion as well. The summer of 2015 is the busiest construction season in ODOT history for northwest Ohio, and with over 3,000 miles of state and federal routes, there’s a lot riding on these roads!
A Culinary History of the Great Black Swamp:
Buckeye Candy, Bratwurst & Apple Butter
From early British and French traders and on through waves of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, and Poland, our foods are traced through our heritage. Dr. Nathan C. Crook researches culinary history and traditions in the Midwest and Ohio, focusing on local and regional foods, food traditions, practices, and patterns of behavior. Dr. Crook will discuss the cultural significance of regional and local foods and his research into the myriad uses of food as community and communication. Dr. Crook is a cultural anthropologist and instructor at Ohio State University and will sign copies of his book after his presentation.
Wild Horse Population Control by Contraceptive Vaccine:
Why and How
Wild Horses are a legendary part of the American West. Derived from horses of Spanish conquistadors of the 1500's and of Easterners who migrated westward in the 1800's, they currently live in 10 Western states. Numbering more than 35,000, these impressive animals are well adapted to their harsh environs. Extraordinarily hardy, they reproduce very effectively. Attempts to regulate horse numbers by periodic horse removals from public lands has been unsuccessful. Dr. John Turner will explore approaches to manage wild horse populations with proper stewardship. Dr. Turner is a professor in the Dept. of Physiology & Pharmacology at the University of Toledo College of Medicine.
Holiday Luncheon and Concert
Music from the American song book, Broadway, jazz, Gershwin, Cole Porter and holiday selections will be performed by Joy Turner, a piano teacher and professional musician who has played for Julie Andrews among others—and is excited to play for you! Join us for a sumptuous holiday buffet, music, and fun starting at 11:15 am.