You may register for the following activities, classes, and events by contacting 419-824-3707 or email

Registration may be made by credit card or check. Checks should be made payable to LULL (Lourdes University Lifelong Learning) and mailed to: Lourdes University Lifelong Learning, 6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania OH 43560.

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Discovering the Feminine Divine

Ruthi Mitchell

June 13 (meets once)
Tuesday, 1 – 2:30 pm

Class location: Canticle Center 150

For thousands of years, humans have imagined God almost exclusively in masculine terms, using male metaphors such as “Father” to the point where “He” has become God’s identity on earth for much of its population. The truth is that God’s being is truly incomprehensible to us.  Many theologians assure us that it is entirely appropriate to image God in feminine as well as masculine terms. In fact, the Bible gives us many feminine images of God in both the Old and New Testaments.  This class will explore some of those feminine images with the hope of broadening our understanding of our incomprehensible God.

Ruthi Mitchell is a 2013 and 2016 graduate of Lourdes University with a BA in English and an MA in Theology respectively.  A self-proclaimed “research rat,” she has made a lifetime hobby of digging into history’s stories, both the famous and the obscure. This particular class was part of her MA in Theology Capstone presentation entitled “Reclaiming the Cross: Towards a Feminist Christology.”  She is excited to be able to share her interest with the Lourdes community.

Memory Exercises

Barbara Mauter

June 14 (meets once)
Wednesday, 10 – 11:30 am

Class location: Canticle Center 150

We all know that exercising our bodies is good for us, but how does one go about exercising their mind? Join us for a fun interactive brain workout! No weights or bands required.

Class is built upon the foundation of how our memory works, and will present various tips and techniques for enhancing your memory. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in activities to help keep their brain in shape.

Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with over 20 years college experience. She has taught and presented various workshops for the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Monroe County Community College and Owens State Community College. She attended a CDI (Course Design Institute) and has been excited to share her new knowledge. Her interests center around thinking, reading and how our minds work. She is known for her critical thinking class activities. A participant in one of her “Thinking Outside the Box” courses had this to say: “The “memory” [course] was very good– but this is ‘great’!”

Art & Architecture of Lourdes

Kristin Baldeschwiler

2 – 5 pm Thursday, June 15 and
2 – 5 pm Friday, June 16 (2 day class)

Class location: Russell J. Ebeid Hall 102

The Lourdes University campus is brimming with art, even in places you’ve never noticed it before. Take this opportunity to examine the paintings, sculpture, stained glass, prints, tiles, and more and hear the stories behind them. You will see campus in a whole new light!  The class will be divided between lectures and walking tours, so choose your footwear wisely.

Kristin Baldeschwiler, a 2003 graduate of Lourdes, received her BA in Art History, works in medical education, and currently serves as the Historian for the Toledo Federation of Arts Societies.

Creative Cards

Sr. Roselynn Humbert

June 16, 23, 30 (3 weeks)
Fridays, 1 – 3 pm
Class location: Regina Hall Conference Room

Create your own unique greeting cards! Sr. Roselynn will teach a variety of designs including birthday, get well, and sympathy themes. Tap into your artistic side with projects that you can complete in a short time with a variety of materials. Techniques used in this class will include: die cutting, folding, embossing, watercolor, stamping, coloring, various embellishments, and using stickers. Materials will be provided for 3 cards per lesson.

Sr. Roselynn has been making cards for 10 years using a variety of techniques. The cards she creates are based on simple designs and basic materials, and are sold at All Good Things.

Listening to the Movies

Christopher Williams

June 19, 26 (meets twice)
Mondays, 10 – 11:30 am

Class location: St. Clare Hall 224

Movie music connects the drama of film to our emotions. Come learn the basic concepts and history behind the music we hear in films. You will be introduced to the techniques film composers use to deepen and enhance our experience in the theater and the terminology involved. Emphasis will be placed on the historical roots of the symphonic scores heard in today’s blockbusters. Modern scores by John Williams (Star Wars), Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings), James Horner (Titanic), and Hans Zimmer (Inception) will be viewed against such predecessors as Bernard Herrmann, Erich Korngold, Miklós Rósza, Serge Prokofiev, William Walton, and Max Steiner.

Christopher Williams holds a Ph.D. in music history from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music and is considered a leading expert on music in turn-of-the-century Vienna.

History of Fake News: Teaching and Learning from the Past

Dr. Susan Shelangoskie

June 22
Thursday, 11 am-noon

Class location: Canticle Center 150

Fake news is hardly new. Using a case study from 1835, we will examine strategies used by the media to spark readers’ interest and promote credibility, and compare these to techniques being applied today.

Dr. Susan Shelangoskie is a Professor of English at Lourdes University. She teaches courses in British and world literature, and specializes in Victorian literature, technology, and culture. Her scholarly work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Victorian Culture and LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory.

The Sweet Fragrance of DeVilbiss

Marjorie Waterfield

June 28 (meets once)
Wednesday, 10 am – noon

Class location: Russell J. Ebeid Hall 101

In the late 1880’s, Dr. Allen DeVilbiss, a nose and throat specialist, developed a medicated oil for the throat. Rather than use cotton swabs to apply his medicine, he invented a device to spray the solution. Production of his atomizers lead to the founding of the DeVilbiss Manufacturing Company which became Toledo’s second largest employer as the technology was developed for applying perfume and paint. Learn about the impact of this company in Toledo from 1900 to 1950, and view  a collection of beautiful glass perfumizers made at DeVilbiss Co.

Marjorie Waterfield has been an instructor of Genealogy Research at UT, BGSU, and Lourdes. She is author of hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles on history, nostalgia, travel, humor and genealogy in local and national magazines and publications.

Fabulous Food! A Culinary Conversation

Mary Bilyeu

July 6
Thursday, 11 am – noon

Class location: Canticle Center 150

The next best thing to eating food is talking about it, so join the conversation with Mary Bilyeu, Food Editor at the Toledo Blade. We will talk about seasonal ingredients, food issues, Mary’s projects, the Toledo food scene, and more.

Mary Bilyeu began as the Food Editor at The Toledo Blade in 2014. She also writes about food for the Washtenaw Jewish News, has written for the publications of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor, and will be a contributor to the travel site Roadfood when she can find the time to write about the amazing restaurants in northwest Ohio instead of just tempting her friends with pictures of her meals on social media.

House Calls in History: Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

Sheila Otto

July 7 (meets once)
Friday, 10:30-11:30 am

Class location: Canticle Center 150

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker last spoke in Toledo in March of 1893! If you missed that presentation, this is your opportunity to meet this remarkable woman who was a Civil War hero, abolitionist, suffragist, and dress reformer.  Dr. Walker was the only woman to have been given the Medal of Honor. Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin

Stanton, said of her, “She lived a life of determined unconventionality.” She served the wounded of the Civil War with distinction despite the military and medical men who distained a woman in such a role. When she was a prisoner of war her captors remarked that “only the debased and depraved Yankee nation produce a female doctor…[who] had a tongue enough for a regiment of men.”

Storyteller Sheila Otto recreates the doctor who was unconventional and controversial all of her life. Walker always wore pants and will visit with you in her preferred top hat and tuxedo to give you a glimpse of an early figure in American women’s history.

Art Nouveau

Kristin Baldeschwiler

Saturday, July 8 (meets once)
10 am – 3 pm, including lunch break

Class location: Russell J. Ebeid Hall 101 (lunch in room 102)

At the turn of the 20th century, a distinctive artistic movement emerged in France.  Although the movement’s name is French, ART NOUVEAU, many regional variations of the style flourished all throughout Europe. In this one day class, the influences, regional variations, and major figures of Art Nouveau will be reviewed and discussed.

Rx for Laughter

Barbara Mauter

July 12 (meets once)
Wednesday, 10 – 11:30 am

Class location: Canticle Center 150

Studies have shown that laughter can actually improve your health! Evidence shows that laughter establishes – or restores – a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between people. While some researchers believe the major function of laughter is to bring people together, so join us as we take a look at the “lighter side of life” and laugh away many of our cares. Are you ready to have some FUN and laugh? We will take both a cachinnatory (laughing loudly) and a serious look at this prescription for health.

Kitchen Medicine

Sarah Williams

July 13 (meets once)
Thursday, 10:00-11:30 am

Class location: Canticle Center 150

Many of our most potent medicines can be found in the average kitchen cabinet. In this class, we’ll talk about the properties of various herbs, spices, and foods, and how they can be used to maintain and restore our health. Specific applications and recipes will be discussed.

Sarah Williams is a practicing herbalist who has spent over a decade learning about and working with medicinal plants. She has studied with many brilliant practitioners including Rosemary Gladstar, Jim McDonald, and Leslie Williams. She is the owner of Willow Moon Botanicals.

Bringing Your Ancestors to Life

Terence O’Leary

July 18 (meets once)
Tuesday, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Class location: Russell J. Ebeid Hall 201

A Christmastime dinner conversation about his ancestors led author Terence O’Leary on a two year journey to recreate the heartbreak of the Irish Potato Famine and the triumph of the Irish who survived the journey across the Atlantic on the infamous famine ships. Mr. O’Leary will discuss the writing process and research involved in creating his historical fiction novel, “Irish Crossings”. Autographed copies of the novel will be available for purchase after the class.

Terence O’Leary, an Irish-American author, was born in Chicago, Illinois, but has spent his teenage and adult life in Northwest Ohio. A graduate of the University of Toledo with a degree in Journalism, English and Psychology, O’Leary’s 4 critically acclaimed, realistic coming-of-age novels focus on teenagers facing a family crisis.

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