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Fall 2015 Classes

Great Decisions-2015

Instructor: Norm Thal

Thursdays, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
September 10–October 29 (8 weeks)
Location: St. Francis Hall 9
Cost: TBD

The state of the world is on everyone’s mind, television, and newspaper. The hottest topics in foreign affairs are covered each year by the Foreign Policy Association in a Briefing Book and television series. The result is Great Decisions – 2015, and you are invited to join the discussion. Eight subjects will be covered, ranging from the Middle East to Africa to Russia to India, plus Human Trafficking and Privacy in the Digital Age. Each Lifelong Learning session begins with the appropriate television segment, and is followed by a spirited and wide-ranging discussion among the group. This year veteran facilitator Norm Thal returns to add his experiences around the world, and keep the arguments lively and on track. The textbook required for this class, Great Decisions, is available at the Lourdes bookstore for about $25. For a unique exploration of the world exploding around us, join Great Decisions – 2015!

More Fun at the Bridge Table

Instructor: Ben Beazley
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
October 24–November 21 (6 weeks)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 101

Classes will cover some of the most popular bidding conventions, including Transfers, Stayman, Weak Two Bids, Michael's, and more. These are easy to learn, and they can add a lot to a player's game. All sessions also include playing and discussing the hand. Enrollment is limited.

Civil War Draft Riots

Instructor: Joseph Lueck
Mondays, 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.
October 5–26 (4 weeks)
Location: Learning Center Hall 167

In the year 1863, the United States was amidst one of the bloodiest conflicts in its history. The Civil War had claimed the lives of countless Americans, both Union and Confederate. North fought against South, and brother fought against brother. Years of bloody conflict including devastating battles at Bull Run, Shiloh, Antietam, and many other locations had left Americans on both sides of the conflict battle weary. Groups such as the Peace Democrats, also known as the Copperheads, lobbied for peace using political means. Some, however, turned to more unconventional and violent means of protest. Professional and casual scholars of the Civil War are familiar with the New York Draft Riots that occurred in July 1863. Fueled by anger over unfair draft policies, countless poor New Yorkers wreaked havoc on the city. Although commonly overshadowed by the New York Riots, notable riots also occurred in Detroit, Chicago, and Boston. This course will examine the causes and effects of each of these unique conflicts. Using firsthand accounts of the rioters, victims, and law enforcement involved, the course will employ the lens of local history for each city and provide an intimate narrative of a commonly overlooked aspect of American Civil War history.

Joseph Lueck is a Masters Student in the History Department at Bowling Green State University with a focus in American Civil War History. Joseph has presented his research on Union Draft Riots at conferences across the Midwest and is currently working on a Masters thesis on the subject.

Great Books: Counterparts

Instructor: Pat Bercher
Tuesdays, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
October 6–November 24 (8 weeks)
Location: Canticle Center 125 (Fireside Room in Learning Center Hall on October 6; November 3)

Counterparts is a new book compiled by the Great Books people. Each week a classic story (or essay) will interact with a modern one. Together they will offer a range of perspectives on topics such as art, war, love, fidelity, gender, aspiration, and death for our contemplation. For example, The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen will be compared with The Pangs of Love by Jane Gardam. This is something different and sounds like fun! The required book is available for $25 payable to the instructor.

Pat Bercher is a certified Great Books Instructor and an experienced Lifelong Learning teacher.

Healthy, Happy and Hopeful

Instructor: Janet Miller
Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.
October 6–November 17 (7 weeks)
Location: Learning Center Hall 167

Take a fresh look at all aspects of your life that affect your health, happiness, and hopes. From nutrition to relationships, we will cover physical, mental, and emotional health. It’s an ideal class for anyone who is a caregiver or dealing with stressful situations. The last meeting will cover advanced planning, basic elder law, and hospice. This class will help you to take better care of a very important person: You!

Janet Miller is the Employer Outreach Coordinator at Hospice of Northwest Ohio and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She has also coached and officiated track and field, including assisting at the 1996 Olympic Games!

Immersion Spanish

Instructor: Ken Hummer
Wednesdays, 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
October 7–28 (4 weeks)
Location: Learning Center Hall 167

Join Spanish instructor Ken Hummer in a four week course which aims to immerse you in the Spanish language and culture. Do you know only a few choice phrases in Spanish but have always wanted to speak the language more? These classes will focus on developing your ability to listen and to understand what it is being said, and then to respond accordingly. Some experience with Spanish will be helpful but is not required.

With a BA in Latin American Studies, Ken Hummer has done mission work in both Mexico and El Salvador and spent a summer in the Toledo Diocese's outreach program to migrant workers. He teaches beginning Spanish classes and a Spanish for Healthcare Workers class. He also teaches Music Appreciation and Applied Music on the classical guitar.

Salem Witch Trials

Instructor: Loryn Clauson-Hodge
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
October 7–28 (4 weeks)
Location: St. Francis Hall 2

Why are we so fascinated with the Salem Witch Trials? Was this incident unique to American history? What was happening in society at the time to provoke such fear and terror? How do the true events compare to those represented in pop culture, movies and plays? How has society’s version of the story changed over time? Come find out what led to these strange and deadly trials. We will examine the true events and characters while comparing them to their fictional counterparts in such works as Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Who were Tituba, Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne? Why were their lives in the hands of the young Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris? We will look at what possessed the town of Salem, Massachusetts- was it truly the devil or young girls playing a prank? Come find out why we still are interested in Salem, 323 years after the trials.

Loryn Clauson-Hodge received her B.A. in History from Kansas State University and is currently an M.A. student writing her thesis on Reconstruction Era Alabama. After receiving her degree she plans to pursue her Ph.D. in history. She is also a Graduate Writing Tutor as well as a History Tutor in the Lourdes Academic Support Center. She is married to Adam Hodge, an Associate Professor of History at Lourdes University.

Painting Fall and Winter Landscapes

Instructor: Anjelika Manakhimova
Thursdays, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
October 15–November 5 (4 weeks)
Location: Canticle Center 168

Look at the outside world with a new eye! Create your own landscapes using mixed media, such as watercolor, acrylic paints, chalk pastel, and ink. All materials and supplies will be provided along with Anjelika’s expert and gentle guidance.

Anjelika Manakhimova was trained in fine art in Russia as well as in America. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lourdes University and 20 years of experience teaching art classes. She is an active member of the local art community, and has participated in numerous local art exhibitions.

Universal Monsters

Instructor: Diana DePasquale
Saturdays, 12 p.m.–3 p.m.
October 17–31 (3 weeks)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 201

Classic monsters, classic films. Watch and enjoy three of Hollywood's earliest and often imitated horror films: Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Bride of Frankenstein. Between 1931 and 1935 Universal Studios made some of the world's most beloved monster movies with directors James Whale and Tod Browning. With score, lighting and performances by Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Elsa Lanchester, you will see why these films are revered by film buffs all over the world. Let’s celebrate Halloween all month!

Diana DePasquale is a doctoral candidate in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. She has published on comedy and media online and in academic journals.

Taoist Tai Chi® Make a Move to Better Health

Instructor: Susan Matz
Mondays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
September 28–October 26 (5 weeks)
Location: Canticle Center Gym

The fast-paced yet sedentary nature of modern life often results in stress and lack of sufficient physical activity. Many thousands of individuals have found the movements of Taoist Tai Chi® arts of health to be an effective way to counteract these pressures and to improve health. The gentle turning and stretching in each of the movements contributes to better balance and posture, increased strength and flexibility, and calmness and peace of mind. Although not a substitute for proper medical treatment, regular practice can help to improve overall health and quality of life for people dealing with chronic conditions such as poor circulation, high blood pressure, arthritis, back pain, joint immobility, respiratory problems, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia and many others. Come enjoy this 5-week introductory class appropriate for people of all ages and ability levels. You will be glad you did!

Susan Matz is a certified volunteer instructor in Taoist Tai Chi® arts of health. She began teaching in 2012 and enjoys helping others discover the benefits of this style of Tai Chi.

Expressing a Mood in Color

Instructor: Svetlana Ottney
Fridays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
October 23–November 13 (4 weeks)
Location: Canticle Center 168

Two famous artists, Pablo Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg, created monochromatic paintings that were considered revolutionary. Using hues and shades of a primary color, they endeavored to express a mood in color. After a study of Picasso and Rauschenberg’s works, we will experiment with painting our own monochromatic canvases!

Know Your Cheese

Instructor: Paula Larsen
Tuesdays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
October 27, November 3 (2 weeks)
Anderson's Market Café

Delve into the science of cheese! What makes a cheese soft, rich, crunchy, sharp… delicious? Sample and learn about soft ripened or “Bloomy” cheeses and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, hard grating cheeses such as Pecorino Romano and Asiago. Expand your palate and your mind! Note: this class will be held in the Café at the Andersons Market, 7638 W. Sylvania Ave. in Sylvania.

Paula Larsen is the Anderson’s in-house cheesemonger. Her other area of expertise is ballroom dancing!

Introduction to Islam

Instructor: Meena Khan
Wednesdays, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
October 28, November 4 (2 weeks)
Location: Learning Center Hall 167

An estimated 7 million Muslims now live in North America, roughly 2% of the total population. Islam is the third largest faith and Muslims are one of the most racially and ethnically diverse religious groups. Though most Americans support religious freedom and tolerance, many are unclear or uncomfortable with Islam. The purpose of this class is to acquaint non-Muslims with the fundamentals of Islam and to clarify some commonly misunderstood concepts of the faith.

Meena Khan has a master of library science from the University of Toledo and 34 years of experience in library administration. She is an active member of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo and is of Muslim descent from India.

American Revolutionary War

Instructor: Dwayne Beggs
Thursdays, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
October 29–November 19 (4 weeks)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 101

The American Revolutionary War officially took place from 1775 to 1783. During this bloody conflict, the fledgling American military defeated the British Army. The defeat of the British Army came as a complete shock to the British who believed the Americans were inferior. Through the defeat of the British Army the American Colonies became independent. The United States was free of Colonial rule. Join us as we examine the American Revolutionary War. We will be discussing the causality of the war, some of the key battles and the ramifications of the War for the United States.

Dr. Dwayne Beggs earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in U.S. Diplomatic/Military History from BGSU. He has taught a Vietnam War class at BGSU for the past 3 years. He also holds an M. Div. and served as a Youth Pastor / Associate Pastor for 22 years.

Creative Cards

Instructor: Sr. Roselynn Humbert
Thursdays, 12 p.m.–2 p.m.
October 29; November 5, 19 (3 weeks)
Location: Regina Hall Conference Room

Sister Roselynn will once again present classes on creating greeting cards. Each class will provide you with instructions and materials for 3 cards. Holiday themes as well as birthday, get well, and sympathy designs will be presented. Tap into your artistic side with projects that can be completed in a short time with a minimum of materials. Techniques used in this class will include: die cutting, embossing, watercolor, stamping, and using stickers.

Changes in Latitude–Changes in Wine-attitude!

Instructor: Nicholas A. Kubiak
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
November 3–17 (3 weeks)
Location: Franciscan Center Board Room

Come on a journey with us as we explore wines from various latitudes and hemispheres! We’ll discover how vineyard positions around the world affects the taste and personality of what we drink. Each class will compare wines on the same or different latitudes and discuss how they are similar or different. In addition, you will also learn about soil types, micro-climates, diurnal shifts and day light hours. 12 What a great way to travel around the world without ever leaving Ohio!

Nick Kubiak is a certified wine specialist and co-founder of Veritas Cork & Craft and has over 14 years in the wine industry.

Classic Film Noir

Instructor: Diana DePasquale
Saturdays, 12 p.m.–3 p.m.
November 7–21 (3 weeks)
Location: Russell Ebeid Hall 201

For the true film lover! In this class we will watch classic noir films based on pulp comics and hard-boiled detective novels of the 1930s and 1940s featuring some of the most thrilling narratives of American cinema including: Double Indemnity (1944); The Big Sleep (1946); and Out of the Past (1947).

Diana DePasquale is a doctoral candidate in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. She has published on comedy and media online and in academic journals.

Exploring Native American Myths & Legends

Instructor: Barbara Mauter
Monday, 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m.
November 16 (meets once)
Location: Canticle Center 148

The World of Native Americans is rich in myths and legends. How was our universe arranged, and by whom? How do we explain the variety of life; what is mankind's place in this abundant environment? These are universal questions, Native American peoples have tried to make clear through stories—some extraordinary, and some believed to be true. Were they based on actual events? How does one explain phenomena beyond comprehension? Natives continue to draw strength from their beliefs, while others look at the brilliance and inventiveness and draw instruction for their own lives. Discussion will include various North American tribes, origin myths and philosophy.

Angels in Art

Instructor: Svetlana Ottney
Thursday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
November 19 (meets once)
Location: Franciscan Center Board Room

Angels are immaterial spirits offering guidance, protection, or love. The class will trace the portrayal of these creatures from the earliest known Christian image in a third century catacomb to modern art. A gallery of masterpieces from around the world will be shown, including selections from Byzantine, medieval, and Islamic art.

Introduction to Yoga for Every Body!

Instructor: Shirley Joseph, BA, RYT500
Thursdays, 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
October 22–November 12 (4 weeks)
Location: Canticle Center Gym

Yoga classes are becoming more popular than ever. Why? Because yoga works! Learn gentle stretches and easy postures, breathing and relaxation techniques, guided imagery and stress management. Benefits of yoga include: increased flexibility and strength, improved balance, decreased muscle and joint discomfort, increased concentration and awareness, and an improved quality of life. Please wear comfortable exercise clothing and bring an exercise mat or beach towel. Chairs will be available. Class is taught by a certified and nationally registered yoga teacher. If you have any health challenges, please consult with your physician before taking a yoga class or any other exercise class.

Origins of Life

Instructor: Laura Megeath
Wednesday, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.
December 2 (meets once)
Location: Appold Planetarium

Starting with the Big Bang, observe the prebiotic chemistry in the Universe, the formation of stars, solar systems and the first life on Earth. Discuss the great extinctions and our search for life beyond planet Earth. Origins of Life is an inspirational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth. It features many recent discoveries related to life science, demonstrating that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances, it's right now! Continue the conversation in the Lourdes Café over lunch (price not included). Laura Megeath is the Coordinator of Lifelong Learning and the Appold Planetarium.

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