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Lifelong Learning’s monthly lectures are held on the third Friday of the month in the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University. Join us for refreshments at 9:15 a.m. and a presentation at 10 a.m. Free to members and first-time visitors.

with Psychology Professor Tom Estrella and Dr. Dale Lanigan
Friday, January 17

Psychology Professor Tom Estrella and Dr. Dale Lanigan, Chairperson of the Department of Sociology & Justice Studies will debate immigration policy in the United States and the direction that reform of the current policy should take. The history of U.S, immigration policy will be discussed as well as the positions taken by the major political parties and the nature of the debate that is now taking place.

Grandparents: their positive impact on the next generation
with Bill Geeha
Friday, February 21

What legacy will we leave our children and grandchildren? The world today is in desperate need of love and caring that only grandparents can provide. The wisdom of generations lies with you and it's time to pass it on. Children today need a gentle touch, a kind word, and someone to listen, and that's you.

Bill Geeha is the Prevention and Intervention Co-ordinator for Sylvania schools, Co-director of America's Pride Drug Prevention Team, named the top prevention team in the United States at the World Drug Prevention Conference and Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Project ,a group of teens dedicated to preventing bullying and child abuse. Bill has been in education for 46 years as a teacher and counselor. He worked for four years as a consultant for the State of Ohio. He has four children, all educators, and 11 beautiful grandchildren.

The Future of Detroit
with Jack Lessenberry
Friday, March 21

Detroit now has had an emergency manager for a year, and became the largest city in the nation to declare bankruptcy. What's likely to happen next? How did the city get in this mess, and was an emergency manager and bankruptcy justified? Are there any lessons for Toledo? And what does the future hold -- more of the same, or is there any hope the city can return to prosperity at some point in our lifetimes?

Jack Lessenberry, the head of the journalism faculty at Wayne State University, is WUOM-FM's senior political analyst. He also is or has been a writer for many national and regional publications. Currently, he is contributing editor and columnist for several papers including the Toledo Blade. He also serves as the Blade's writing coach and ombudsman and won a National Emmy award in 1995. Lessenberry has a master's degree in Journalism and East European studies from the University of Michigan.

History of the Military Jeep and how it got to Toledo!
with Ron Szymanski
Friday, April 11

Ron Szymanski is a Jeep retiree with 35 years at the plant. He was the volunteer curator of the Jeep House Museum at the Jeep plant and also served at the Jeep historian for Chrysler's Camp Jeep for ten years.

Inspirational story from Lourdes alumna
with Stevie Beale
Friday, May 16

A 2006 automobile accident left Stevie Beale paralyzed from the waist down. This summer Stevie got married, and incredibly she walked down the aisle! Come hear this inspirational story from a Lourdes alumna.


Laura Megeath
Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Linda Stout
Administrative Assistant