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.
Steinbeck In Vietnam
with Dr. Tom Barden
Friday, September 20
Although Steinbeck's career continued for almost three decades, he is still best known for the Grapes of Wrath. Yet due to his reputation as a subversive and his reticence to document the war officially for the Johnson administration, he wrote for Newsday from December 1966 to May 1967. He risked his literary reputation to document the war as he dared to go into the field on helicopter gunships.
Dr. Tom Barden's collection brings together the last published writings of this American author of enduring national and international stature. Professor Barden's lecture will provide background on the dispatches, the military situation, the social context of the 1960s, and Steinbeck's personal and political attitudes at the time.
Dr. Tom Barden is a professor of English with specialties in folklore, American literature, and especially the work of John Steinbeck. When he takes off his university hat altogether, he plays mandolin and guitar in a fine string band called Old State Line.
Increasing Personal Safety In a Cyber World
with Officer Scott Hendricks, Sylvania Police Department
Friday, October 18
Officer Scott Hendricks is a 30 year veteran of the Sylvania Police Division and is currently assigned to the Community Affairs Office. His work includes: DARE, Safety City, Law Enforcement Explorer Post #2266, and numerous other talks to the community at large.
As more businesses operate online and criminals become more cunning, how can you keep your identity and finances safe? Learn how to increase your personal safety at home, in your car and in parking lots.
United States Vice Presidents: They Receive No Respect
with Dr. Gerry Bazer
Friday, November 15
Franklin Roosevelt's first Vice President once said, "The job wasn't worth a bucket of warm spit." Presentation discusses why any politician seeks the office, especially those holding a more powerful position. Lesser known and more prominent "Veeps" are covered including our incumbent Vice President, Joseph Biden. The audience is asked whether a citizen's vote for a presidential candidate is influenced by the running mate.
Speaker Dr. Gerry Bazer, Dean Emeritus of Arts and Sciences, Owens Community College, lecturers and writes on American Government and the American Presidency.
Eddie Boggs: A Christmas Concert
with Eddie Boggs
Friday, December 20
As a very special treat, Eddie Boggs, a consistent winner of The People's Choice Award and the most popular folk entertainer in all of Greater Toledo, will perform.