Lectures are held the third Friday of the month. Join us for refreshments at 9:15 a.m. followed by presentations from outstanding speakers from 10–11 a.m. in the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University. Free for members and first-time visitors.

For questions call 419-824-3707 or email


Fall Kickoff
August 25

Presentation at 11 am, lunch at noon

Price: $12 per person for lunch, reservations requested by Aug. 18

Lasagna lunch with garlic bread, salad, and dessert! Vegetarian option too.

Chrys Peterson, a six-time Emmy Award recipient and Associated Press Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, will present “The Freedom of Growing Older.” Ms. Peterson served as news anchor at WTOL TV for 20 years. She now works as a leadership consultant and actively serves a variety of civic and professional organizations.


Terror in the City of Champions: Baseball and Murder in 1930s Detroit
September 15

During the Great Depression, as the Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings won their first national titles and Joe Louis dominated boxing, a murderous secret society was executing a wicked plan in the Motor City. With more than 100,000 members, including thousands in the Toledo area, the secretive, Klan-like Black Legion was killing enemies, bombing meeting places, and contemplating armed rebellion. Among its members were politicians and prominent citizens. Relying on FBI, police, and court documents, author Tom Stanton revealed the workings of the legion in his New York Times sports bestseller Terror in the City of Champions. Stanton’s six other works of nonfiction include the critically acclaimed Tiger Stadium memoir The Final Season and the Quill Award finalist Ty and The Babe. He is a professor of journalism at the University of Detroit Mercy.


The Story of the European Witch and Medieval Women
October 20

For many centuries Europe was governed by educated officials who were inclined to be skeptical about magic. How did this society transform into one that executed tens of thousands of people for the crime of practicing witchcraft? And why were a disproportionate number –up to 70%– of the people executed women? Join Professor Christine Neufeld to learn about the rise of the European “witch craze” through medieval and early modern stories, visual arts and historical trial accounts.

Dr. Neufeld is Professor of Literature at Eastern Michigan University where she teaches courses in medieval literature, cultural studies and critical theory. She is a specialist in late medieval antifeminist satire and the literary history of witchcraft and magic, or, as she likes to tell her students, “gossips, shrews and witches.” She also has published numerous articles on how popular culture imagines the Middle Ages.


Sports & Law
November 17

From the early 20th century “antitrust exemption” cases in baseball to today’s concussion litigation, sports-related cases have proven challenging for courts on a number of levels. Big money generated by sports after the broadcast revolution means big money at issue in litigation. Professor Rapp, author of a 2015 book, Careers in Sports Law, argues that sports cases create challenging conditions for judges, who can be affected by emotion and their own experience as “fans.”  He will highlight some of the major areas in which sports jurisprudence has created distinctive rules of bodies of law.

Geoffrey Rapp is the Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Toledo College of Law.  A graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College, he has served as an editor of the Sports Law Blog and comments frequently in the media on legal issues affecting amateur and professional sports.


A Backstage Peek at the Toledo Symphony
December 15

How does an orchestra work? Zak Vassar knows. The Toledo Symphony President and CEO will share behind-the-scenes details such as how the music is chosen, how rehearsals are conducted, how guest artists are contracted, and more, some of which may be surprising. Zak had a successful career as a marketing consultant before becoming the TSO’s President and CEO in July, 2016. For Zak, a Toledo native who has had a passion for classical music since age 5, the symphony position unites his personal interest in arts with his professional capabilities in marketing and leadership. He is a graduate of St. John’s Jesuit High School and studied management and music history at Boston College. After living in Boston for 10 years, where he worked for several marketing firms, he returned to Toledo in 2008 with his wife, Emilie, who is an attorney. They live in Old Orchard and have a toddler, Grace.