Study of Sleep

Dr. Anjali D. Gray

2:00 – 3:00 PM, Thursdays

September 1 – October 20 (8 weeks)

Sleep, a periodic and routine activity of our lives, is considered both necessary and wasteful. Up until recently it was one of the least understood aspects in the lives of human beings. This course will explore different perceptions related to sleep, pre- and post-industrialization. It will analyze scientific, cultural, and historical attitudes related to sleep as well as examine the cultural and economic impacts of sleep deprivation on individuals and society.

Dr. Anjali D. Gray is a professor in the department of Biology & Health Sciences at Lourdes University. In addition to a variety of biology classes that she teaches, she has developed five new undergraduate courses for the Enduring Questions program at Lourdes.


History of the Popes and the Papacy

Paul Hood, Jr., JD, LL.M.

10:00 – 12:00 p.m., Wednesday

Sept. 7 – Oct. 5 (5 Weeks)

The papacy is the longest-running and still-functioning institution of any kind in the Western world and is a tribute to the foibles of mankind. This three-semester course will cover the history of the papacy and will cover St. Peter and the 265 (or so) men who each were the “Servant of the Servants of God” who succeeded to the Chair of St. Peter. It’s a very colorful, complex and at times ugly and uncomfortable history.

The first semester will cover the time period from St. Peter, the First Bishop of Rome, to the Donation of Pepin in 756. At this point, the popes were set up as secular rulers over the Papal States, an arrangement which lasted until the unification and formation of modern Italy in 1870 and the essential imprisonment of Pio Nono (Pope Pius IX) in the Vatican.

A native of Louisiana, Paul Hood obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center before settling down to practice tax and estate planning law in the New Orleans area. Paul has taught at the University of New Orleans, Northeastern University, The University of Toledo College of Law and Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. A passionate history buff, Paul is a self-described amateur papal historian (boasting a personal library of papal history books that exceeds 100), and has given numerous speeches about the history of the papacy and the popes.


Constitutional Law: The fundamental rights of assembly, petition, and association

Shari O’Brien, Ph. D., J.D.

1:15 – 3:45 PM (includes a break), Wednesdays, September 7 – 28 (4 weeks)

Most Americans have only a rudimentary knowledge of freedoms of religion, speech, press and a handful of other constitutional rights. The freedoms to assemble peaceably, to petition government, and to associate freely, though less touted, are even less well understood. While rights of assembly and petition are listed in the first amendment of the Bill of Rights, the unenumerated right to freely associate has been found to be constitutionally implied. All three are critically important rights the Supreme Court has protected in contexts that may surprise you. We will also explore how the fourteenth amendment became the mechanism by which these and other fundamental rights have been protected against intrusion by the states. Finally, we will spend time reviewing the most significant rulings (including the controversial abortion decision) of the Supreme Court’s most recent term.

Dr. O’Brien has doctorates in English and law; she worked in United States District Court. Publishing five law review articles as well as hundreds of essays and poems in national journals, she taught writing and poetry for twenty-seven years at UT and continues to practice law and write poetry today.


Miles Davis and the Persistent Relevance of Jazz

Dr. Christopher Williams

3:30 – 5:00 PM, Mondays

September 12 – 26 (3 weeks); Exclusively online

Bandleader, trumpeter, and composer Miles Davis (1926-1991) was an outspoken and controversial figure in the history of jazz, with traditionalists ready at every turn to criticize him as an outlier. Yet he was also one of the best-selling jazz recording artists this side of the Big Band era, with Kind of Blue (1959) at the top of the chart, and Sketches of Spain (1960) and Bitches Brew (1970) routinely listed in the top 20. This class will discuss the milestones of Miles’s career, examine his creative process, discuss his influence on figures like Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and Chick Corea, all of whom were members of his band, and evaluate his role as one of the most important musical artists of the twentieth century

Dr. Christopher Williams holds a Ph.D. in Music History and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught at UT, BGSU, the Universität Salzburg, and in the joint program of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University.


Drawing What You See

Patrick Dubreuil

10:00 – noon, Wednesdays

Sept. 14 – October 12 (5 weeks)

This drawing experience is for the artist who would like to better draw what they see. We will touch upon the basics of line, shape and perspective, but the focus of this class will be on measuring. Attention to objects’ relationships to one another visually through measuring will make your drawing reflect that visual. To add a bit more fun and challenge, we will do a couple of exercises where we draw from the mind.

A Toledo native, Patrick Dubreuil has taught in the Lourdes Art Department for 13 years since getting his M.F.A. from BGSU.


Printmaking: Scratching the Itch!

An introduction to intaglio drypoint printmaking

Patrick Dubreuil

1:00 – 3:30 PM, Mondays

Sept. 12 – October 10 (5 weeks)

Have you had an itch to learn printmaking? In this class we will literally scratch that itch. Drypoint is a type of intaglio printing where you scratch (draw) your design onto a surface, in our case a plexiglass plate. Black ink is rolled onto the surface of the plexiglass and then rubbed into the scratches. The plate is carefully wiped off, leaving ink in the scratched lines. With a piece of paper, the plate is then run through the press transferring the lines to the paper. Also, in this class you will learn what makes up an edition, how those prints differ from prints that are artist proofs, and how to label prints to make that distinction.

Be ready to get your hands dirty so dress appropriately! Apron recommended.


History of the Supreme Court

Dr. Dwayne Beggs

2:30-3:30 PM, Thursdays

September 15 – October 20 (6 weeks)

Hybrid class: in person and online

The founding fathers established a governmental system that would serve the people and not become a dictatorship. For this system to be successful the founding fathers established three branches of government, the executive, legislative and judicial.

The judicial branch, also known as the Supreme Court, exists to ensure that all laws passed by the legislative branch (as well as laws suggested by the executive branch and passed by the legislative branch) are indeed legal. The judicial branch is to ensure that no laws made by the other branches of government violate the Constitution or the Constitutional rights of any Americans. This is known as checks and balances.

Join us as we examine the founding of the Supreme Court, its purpose, how it functions and key cases that have shaped its development.

Dr. Dwayne Beggs has taught popular classes on many military conflicts for Lifelong Learning. Dr. Beggs earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in U.S. Diplomatic History from BGSU. He also holds an M. Div. and served as a Youth Pastor / Associate Pastor for 22 years.


What to Drink and Why

Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Thursday, September 15

This class will deliver a soup-to-nuts perspective to wine, including an overview of many common styles of wine and how they fit into our daily consumption. Learn what you need to stock your cabinet and impress on your next dinner date. When is the right time for sparkling wine? What is ice wine? Have your wine questions answered as you taste six wines. You are welcomed to bring your own foods to pair.

Nicholas Kubiak is a Certified Specialist of Wine and Spirits and a veteran of our local wine industry.


War in Ukraine: a Tangled European Web of Political Interests

Jarosław Szczepański

10:00 – 11:00 AM, Monday

September 19; Exclusively online

Both the European Union (EU) and NATO were designed to help countries work together, yet member countries continue to have their own individual concerns and aims. The war in Ukraine is testing the unity of both of these organizations, and this talk will elaborate on the different interests of several European countries and how the EU and the European part of NATO are not coherent.

Jarosław Szczepański trained as a political scientist and lawyer and currently works as an assistant professor from the University of Warsaw in Poland. He recently conducted research at Ohio State University as a Fulbright Fellow. Dr. Szczepański also founded an independent think tank the Foundation Institute of Political Science in Poland.


The Genius Behind My Fair Lady

Brenda Sweeney

1:30 – 3:00 PM, Thursdays

Sept. 22 – October 6 (3 weeks)

A Nobel Prize and an Oscar are among the many awards bestowed upon George Bernard Shaw. Come learn the story of this prolific Irish playwright. This class will focus particularly on Pygmalion, which was the basis of the screenplay and musical My Fair Lady. We will watch together the film starring Audrey Hepburn and discuss its continued relevance today.

Brenda Sweeney earned a B.S. and M.Ed. from BGSU, then taught English, speech and drama for 25 years. She has performed in wonderful shows such as My Fair Lady, The Fantasticks, Once Upon a Mattress, A Little Night Music, I Do, I Do, 42nd Street and a one- woman show about Edith Piaf. The Westgate Dinner Theater and The Croswell Opera House were two of her frequent stages. She has taught drama for many years and still loves to share the joy of theater.


A Great Lakes Tour: Top to Bottom, Side to Side

Marya Czech

10:00 – noon, Mondays

Sept. 26 – Oct. 31 (6 weeks)

Visit the Great Lakes without leaving Sylvania! Learn about their formation from eons ago until the present. We will study the lake bed, the critters that make the lakes their home (both native and invasive), as well as consider the Great Lakes basin’s role in the global economy. What have we learned from Great Lakes research – geological, hydrological, archeological, historical? How can we advocate for greater levels of protection for the water and the people who use it?

Instructor Marya Czech is a retired professor from the Lourdes University Biology Department and currently works as a regional environmentalist.



Kevin Trickey

2:00 – 5:00 PM, Wednesdays

Sept. 28 – Nov. 9 (7 weeks)

Learn the art of photography with a professional instructor providing clear instructions and demonstrations. This class will cover the parts of a camera, lenses, exposure, light, composition, and more. Please bring your SLR or mirrorless camera to the first class.

Kevin Trickey has been a professional photographer for several years with a wide range of experience from commercial to fine art photography.


Uncertain Peace: The Origins and Evolution of NATO

Tom Roka

1:00 – 3:00 PM, Fridays

Sept. 30 – Oct. 14 (3 weeks)

This course will examine the creation of NATO, its original intent, and its eventual evolution. Initially created as a defensive alliance, NATO changed following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The purpose of NATO shifted from representing the containment theory to currently advocating the establishment of a unipolar worldview. The course will consist of three sessions: The Cold War (1945-1991), the Ukrainian Crisis (2001-2022), and how NATO fits into the debate over a unipolar worldview versus a multipolar worldview.

Tom Roka is an adjunct instructor for several institutions, including Lourdes University. A college educator for nearly 30 years, Tom earned an MA from the University of Toledo.


Introduction to the Holocaust

Tom Sorosiak

10:00 – 11:00 AM, Tuesdays

September 13 – October 4 (4 weeks)

We remember the Holocaust to keep from repeating it. Nearly a century after Hitler’s start in politics, it’s time to revisit the rise of Nazism and how the Holocaust happened. The rise of Nazism covering 1923 – 1945 will be explained, as well as an introduction to Genocide and its eight stages. Specific topics will be presented in each session that will provide participants with examples of art, music, medical experiments, church leaders, students, concentration/death camps, and Nazi leadership as integral parts of The Holocaust.

Tom Sorosiak retired from teaching in the History Department at BGSU. He has taught a graduate course and workshops on Holocaust education and genocide.


From Poverty to Prosperity in Botswana: History and Natural Wonders

Dr. Richard F. Weisfelder

2:30 – 4:00 PM, Monday, September 26

The Republic of Botswana became independent in 1966 after being a colony of the United Kingdom for 81 years. This class will explore the emergence of the Bechuanaland Protectorate from British colonialism and the remarkable experience of a black African ruled state surrounded by the white racist regimes of South Africa, Rhodesia and South West Africa during the early days of independence. We will look at the trajectory of the Botswana since that time, and take a visual tour of the country then and now.

Dr. Richard F. Weisfelder lived and worked in Botswana for over three years and in Lesotho for almost three, plus many more visits to both beginning in 1965. He taught international relations, political economy and African politics in Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar. Today Dr. Weisfelder is retired from his position as Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at UT.


Medieval Women Writers

Kristen Geaman

4:00 – 5:00 PM, Mondays

October 3 – 10 (2 weeks)

This course will introduce some of the most famous female writers from medieval Europe and provide some excerpts from their works. The first class will cover religious writers, and will highlight the biographies and works of women such as Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe. Kempe is a particularly fascinating writer; she dictated an autobiography of her spiritual journey, which includes a large amount of travel, to a priest. The second class will cover secular writers, who composed a wide variety of non-spiritual literature. Highlights will include Anna Comnena, daughter of a Byzantine Emperor who left her thoughts on the Crusaders for posterity; Marie de France, who composed poetic stories (including one about a werewolf); and Christine de Pisan, a professional writer well-known for her proto-feminist leanings.

Kristen Geaman is an associate lecturer at the University of Toledo. Her research focuses on infertility in late medieval England, especially how couples coped with their childlessness after spiritual and medical remedies failed. She has published in English Historical Review and Social History of Medicine. Her book, Anne of Bohemia, was published with Routledge in 2022.


All Things Fighter Pilot: Explore the Journey

Bill Saunders

1:00 – 2:00 PM, Wednesday, October 5

Being a fighter pilot is one of the coolest jobs on the planet! But what does it take?  Did our recent tours of the 180th Fighter Wing featuring the F-16 leave you curious? Dive into the rigors involved in the numerous phases of training in becoming a fighter pilot. Learn first-hand from a former Air Force F-111 fighter pilot. Examine training manuals and charts. Come ready to get answers to all your questions and learn what it takes to go over 761.2 mph, 200 feet off the ground with live ordinance…day or night, in all terrains and all sorts of weather.

Bill Saunders is a retired Lt. Colonel having served in the United States Air Force for 21 years as a fighter pilot. He taught math for 16 years and led as the Math Chair at the Roanoke Valley Governor School of Math, Science and Technology in Virginia. Currently, Bill works part-time at Lourdes’ Academic Success Center as a math tutor and has enjoyed attending Lifelong Learning classes for the past four years.


Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

Bahu S. Shaikh, M.D.

10:00 – 11:30, Thursdays, Oct. 6 – 13 (2 weeks)

Turkish Tribes in Anatolia created the Ottoman Empire which started in 1481 and lasted for six hundred years. It was the most powerful Empire in the world in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. We will discuss the origin of this Empire, the main leaders (Sultans) and their major achievements during this period of time.

The second lecture will discuss the history of the Ottoman Empire after its peak and the leaders who ruled the Empire during the period of decline. Learn the reasons for their failures which caused the breakup of this mighty Empire and its aftermath, which led to the birth of several new countries in the Middle East as well as present day Turkey, an important member of NATO.

Bahu S. Shaikh, M.D., is a member of Islamic Center of Greater Toledo and a member of Muslim Christian Dialogue Group based at the First Presbyterian Church of Maumee Ohio. He has been a speaker at the Islamic Center as well at the Maumee church.


The Best Women Artists You’ve Never Heard Of

Sharon Havelak

11:00 – noon, Friday, October 7

Talented artists often do not receive the fame and fortune that their works deserve, but this is particularly true for women artists. Many great female painters have pushed creative boundaries, however only since the end of the 20th century have serious efforts begun to give the women of past centuries the attention that their work merits. Let us introduce you!

Sister Sharon Havelak, OSF, is an artist and adjunct instructor at Lourdes University. She previously managed All Good Things, a gift shop and gallery that offers items made by the Sisters of St Francis, but now gives more of her time to her art.


Round Arches & Red Tiles: Lourdes Art and Architecture

Kristin Baldeschwiler

Saturday, October 8

10:00 am – noon Lecture

noon – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 pm Walking Tour

The Lourdes University campus proudly displays a wide variety of artwork, including mosaics, stained glass, paintings, and sculpture. This is an opportunity to learn about all of it, from the massive to the minute, and learn the stories behind the pieces. Class will begin with a lecture on the art and architecture of the campus, followed by brunch at the Lourdes Café. After lunch, there will be a tour to see the artwork up close.
Kristin Baldeschwiler, a 2003 graduate of Lourdes, received her BA in Art History from Lourdes and works in medical education at St. Vincent Medical Center. This class was developed from Kristin’s undergraduate thesis, “Round Arches and Red Tiles: A Preliminary Preservation Survey for Lourdes College.”
Cost: $46 for members, $58 for nonmembers. Brunch is included in the price of the class.

Once Upon a Pen: A Beginner’s Guide to Fiction-Writing

Elizabeth Anderson

1:00 – 2:30 PM, Mondays, Oct. 10 – 31 (4 weeks)

Learn the basics of fiction-writing: character, setting, conflict, genre, and the writing process. During the first class, students will analyze several short stories to examine the elements of a story. In week two, students will discuss and engage with the writing process through activities and prompts. In week three, students will begin writing original works of fiction. During the last class, students will share their works-in-progress and reflect on their experience with the writing process.

Elizabeth Anderson is an administrative assistant at Lourdes University and an author of contemporary fantasy. Her work has appeared in Awakenings: A Cute Mutants Anthology (edited by SJ Whitby) and Dark Horses: The Magazine of Weird Fiction. Her debut novel, The Remarkable Retirement of Edna Fisher, releases from Hansen House Books in April 2023.


Cabernets from the U.S.

Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Thursday, October 13

Cabernet is a prolific, and a very popular, grape in the United States wine industry. It is grown ubiquitously across this country as one of the main flag bearers of red wine. This class will explain why all cabernets are not the same. Experience how one wine can taste so different from place to place, and how a wine is affected by differences in elevation, climates, age, oak, and soil. We will taste 6 wines and you are welcomed to bring your own foods to pair.


Breakfast, Arabian Style

Najwa Badawi

10:00 – 11:30 AM, Friday, October 14

In the Arab speaking world, sharing is caring! This is particularly true when it comes to food. Hospitality is still a central trait in this part of the world, harking back to Bedouin culture when people would welcome desert travelers and share meals with them. A typical Arabic breakfast consists of several small plates called Mazza, offering a variety of foods. These may differ from country to country but there are a few constants. In this class a typical Arabic breakfast will be served. As we eat, we will discuss the ingredients and Arabic culture.

Najwa Badawi emigrated to the United States from Lebanon as a child. She currently works as an English as a Second language teacher, teaching ESL and American Citizenship to immigrants and refugees from all over the world. She and her husband, Ahmad, are parents to two adult children.


Biblical History in its Cultural Setting

Richard Ward, Ph.D.

1:00 – 2:30 PM, Mondays

Oct. 17 – Nov. 7 (4 weeks)

This course will examine how documents from the ancient Near East can help us to better understand the Bible. These documents help us to address major questions: Have archaeological findings in the ancient Near Eastern proved the Bible right? How did David and Solomon attain peace when there was turmoil and war before and after them? What impact do ancient Near Eastern documents have on Biblical interpretation?

The history and culture of the ancient Near East will be compared with Biblical narratives. The Dead Sea scrolls, Alexander the Great, the culture of the Philistines, Petra, Jerusalem, and Rome are ingredients in this story of ancient times.

Dick Ward studied Assyriology at The University of Chicago and received a Ph.D. in ancient history from the University of Minnesota. He taught ancient history and Biblical studies for ten years before changing to property tax assessment, specializing in computer assisted mass appraisal. He worked on mass appraisal projects for forty years in the USA and abroad. He is a Christian and serves in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church as well as at Sylvania Area Family Services.


Heading South: National Park Service Sites in West Virginia and Kentucky

Jan Whitaker

10:00 – 11:30 AM, Tuesday, October 18

Looking south, there are nine National Park Service (NPS) Sites to be visited not far from here: three national historical parks, two national monuments, two national parks, and two national scenic rivers. The NPS establishes sites because of either their historical significance or natural beauty, or both! Join us as we explore in depth the nine NPS Sites in West Virginia and Kentucky.

An inveterate traveler, willing to go anywhere anytime, Jan Whitaker is an Ohio native with a lifelong interest in the history of our area. Previously Jan spoke about the 1,200-mile Buckeye Trail and shared personal stories of her hike, as well as NPS sites in Michigan and Ohio.


Autumn Wreath

Jennifer Cummins Linehan

1:00-2:00 PM, Wednesday, October 19

Celebrate the brilliant colors of autumn! Craft your own unique keepsake wreath with silk flowers and fall foliage. All materials will be provided to create an eye-catching wreath for displaying inside or out.

Certified florist Jennifer Cummins Linehan owns and operates Beautiful Blooms by Jen.


Time Travel into Toledo Neighborhoods

Ted Ligibel

2:30 – 4:30 PM, Wednesday, October 19

Hybrid class: in person and online

Time travel to the 19th century to discover the oldest and the most elegant of Toledo neighborhoods! The ancient Vistula neighborhood, just north of downtown, and the then new West End were well-known to Toledoans of the 19th century, and were places that thrived, ebbed, and were restored in the 20th century. Both neighborhoods now are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and designated as local historic areas.

Take an armchair excursion through Toledo’s residential history, discovering the earliest Toledo homes, magnificent architectural wonders, fascinating family histories, and the efforts that occurred to sustain and restore these historic places over the years. Glimpse inside these rare neighborhoods whose builders are a literal Who’s Who of Toledo history…think Secor, Berdan, Meilink, Eaton, and Libbey, among many others.

Ted J. Ligibel, Ph.D., has over 48 years of experience in historic preservation having been involved in dozens of efforts to save historic places in Ohio and Michigan. He learned the ropes in preservation before there even were any and ran the nation’s largest graduate program in Historic Preservation at Eastern Michigan University, retiring from there in 2020. He has written extensively on local history, historic preservation, and historic architecture. Hope to see you in the past!


Current Issues Forum

Hugh Grefe

1:30 – 3:00 PM, Tuesday

Oct. 25 – Nov. 15 (4 weeks)

Every American is affected by political divisions and frustrated that we are not making progress on urgent social problems, or even able to discuss significant topic. This is why we are offering the current issues forum.

Americans are affected by high health-care costs, often in deeply personal ways. Health care and political divisions are two issues that will be discussed thoughtfully in this class using materials from the National Issues Forums Institute.

Based in Dayton, Ohio, the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that serves to promote public deliberation about difficult public issues. The NIFI began to take shape in 1981 amid concern about the low level of civic literacy among Americans. Not only did the average person lack an understanding of the issues that our elected leaders were struggling with, we had little opportunity to express our informed opinions to those in influence.

Students will read two free publications from NIFI, Health Care and A House Divided prior to class. Two class meetings will be spent in structured discussions and group deliberation on each topic.

Facilitator and recent participant Hugh Grefe earned a Master of Arts in History at the University of Toledo and has served in a variety of senior staff and board roles in the greater Toledo community. In 2002 he was awarded a Fannie Mae Foundation Fellowship to participate in the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


The Reformation

Paul Mueller

1:30 – 3:30 PM, Wednesdays

Oct. 26 – Nov. 16 (4 weeks)

In 1517, Martin Luther posted his “95 Theses” on church doors, marking the beginning of the era now known as the Reformation. It was a moment in history ripe for religious change, and reformers like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Henry VIII challenged papal authority and questioned the Catholic Church’s ability to define Christian practice. The subsequent religious, political, intellectual, and cultural upheaval splintered Catholic Europe, setting in place the structures and beliefs that would define the continent into the modern era.

Paul Mueller is an adjunct instructor of theology at Lourdes University. He received his Master of Arts degree in theology at Lourdes in 2011, and his doctorate in theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 2021. He is an active member of St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania, Ohio.


Painting With Egg-cellence

Stas’ Krukowski

2:00 – 4:00 PM, Thursday, October 27

Join us for a new experience creating art! Using natural materials has historically been a part of the joy of creating art, and for this class, we will explore the incredible egg! While tempera paint traditionally utilizes the yolk of an egg, this technique focuses on the egg white. As a wet paint or as a dried material rewetted, it has a variety of qualities that make for unique and amazing works of art. We will use watercolor paper and create pictures with texture and dimension by using colored egg whites in both their wet and dried forms. If you are intrigued come give this a try!

Stas’ Krukowski is the manager at All Good Things Art and Gift Shop, and has worked with the Sisters since November of 2021. He is from the Toledo area, and has been creating and selling art since his early childhood taking lessons on Saturday mornings at the Toledo Museum of Art. Stas’ finds inspiration in the beauty of the natural world, and enjoys sharing his artistic interpretation through a variety of mediums like painting, sculpture, photography, and poetry.


The Art of Coffee: Café Quality at Home

Cail Lininger

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Monday, October 31

Create café-quality manual brew coffee from the comfort of your home! This class will explore the varieties of coffees offered today while discussing how to detect tasting notes between several coffees. Each student will try a coffee brewed with three different methods –French press, Chemex, and V60– while learning about different types of equipment available to a home brewer. Additionally, each student will learn how to make a simple syrup that can be stored and added to drinks. The class will cover the different varietals of coffee, how altitude, soil content, sunlight, and processing by farmers can affect how the final cup of coffee tastes.

Cail Lininger was a professional barista locally. He has won awards in latte art and barista competitions and brings a passion for brewing coffee to the table.


The Cotswolds – One of England’s most picturesque and historic areas

David Enstone

9:30 – 11:00 AM, Tuesdays, Nov. 1– 15 (3 weeks)

The Cotswold’s is defined by the UK’s Department of Environment as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” in central-southwest England that covers some 787 square miles. The area is defined by a tilted bedrock of Jurassic Limestone that runs from Bath in the South to Stratford-upon-Avon in the North and the Vale of Evesham in the West to Oxford in the East. The highpoint on the West side of the bedrock is just over 1,000 ft running down to sea level in the East.

The Cotswolds have been occupied by humans since the Neolithic period, with remains of burial chambers as well as Bronze and Iron Age forts. Later the Roman’s built villas there, as well as creating and paving the Celtic Path later known as the Fosse Way – one of the very few straight roads in the Cotswolds.

The name “Cotswold” originates from the Old English words meaning “sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides”. Sheep rearing was the Cotswolds main claim to fame and is still an important part of the local economy today.

David, who was born in Evesham on the Western edge of the Cotswolds will take you on a romping journey through the history of the area as well as covering some of its more famous inhabitants over the years such as Shakespeare, William Morris, Gustav Holst and many members of the Royal Family.


Appearing Tonight, the ORIGINAL …?

The Fascinating and Tortured History of the Drifters and the Platters

Paul Hood, Jr., JD, LL.M.

10:00 – noon, Wednesdays, Nov. 2–16 (3 weeks)

This course covers the fascinating and complex history of two of rock ‘n roll’s most successful and storied groups: the Drifters and the Platters. Both formed in the early 1950’s on different coasts (the Drifters in New York, and the Platters in Los Angeles), the Drifters enjoyed top-40 recording success in both the United States and Great Britain over more than a 20-year period, selling more than 200 million records. The Platters produced chart-topping records for over a decade and sold over 80 million records. But with commercial success often comes litigation, and, in the cases of the Platters and the Drifters, it came in boatloads. In this course, Paul will make a case that the legal organization of both groups is what led to the flood of litigation.


The History of Ohio’s Government: It’s Impact on African Americans and Violation of Divine Law

Herbert Addison Burns

2:00 – 3:00 PM, Thursdays

November 3 – 17 (3 weeks); Exclusively online

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with early 19th century Ohio legislative government, how it shaped the lives of Black Ohio residents, and how white citizens joined forces with African Americans to oppose racial discriminatory laws, known as “The Black Laws”. Along with highly regarded historical references other materials will include, rare historical documents, maps of Ohio’s underground railroads, news articles, legal cases, speeches, and diaries. The presentation is provided with a fun-filled approach, which will spark the interest of history buffs, and those generally interested in Ohio’s history. Some contents of this course will be linked with current events in order to display its modern-day relevance. The course will begin with Ohio becoming a state under the Northwest Ordinance and extend though the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, a dramatic case that pitted abolitionists against enforcers of the Fugitive Slave Law.


The Religion of Zarathustra: His Profound Impact on Christian-Judean Religion and Western Civilization

John Krochmalny

10:00 – noon, Monday, Nov. 7 – 14 (2 weeks)

The origins of Zoroastrianism began with Zarathustra approximately 1200 BCE in the agricultural areas encompassing Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. His revolutionary theology involved a strict monotheism, a code of personal conduct required of all believers, a life after death for all men, and prophecy of His 3 sons appearing for the salvation of the world in the future. The Aramaic language originated from this religious culture, was the language of Jesus of Nazareth, and contains the origins of such terms as Satan, Devil, and Divinity.

The Wise Men of the Nativity story are believed to have been Zoroastrians. Thomas, Disciple of Jesus of Nazareth, met with and made believers of these original Nativity visitors according to some Eastern Christian traditions. The followers of Zarathustra were among the very first to recognize the divinity in Jesus of Nazareth.

John Krochmalny has considerable higher-education teaching experience as an instructional designer and technical trainer.


Igor Stravinsky: Superstar of Modernism

Dr. Christopher Williams

3:30 – 5:00 PM, Mondays

November 7 – 21 (3 weeks); Exclusively online

Pressed to identify the “greatest composer of classical music in the twentieth century,” most music lovers would likely name Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). It’s not hard to understand why. In every phase of his career, he created music that was both innovative and sensational. Few composers could surpass the notoriety of The Rite of Spring, a work that was greeted with a riot and scandal at its premiere, but is now part of the standard repertory of nearly every symphony orchestra in the world.

This class will explore and interrogate Stravinsky’s music, highlighting through-lines for understanding his style and what is enduringly special about individual works. We will also discuss his influence on an entire generation of young American composers, like Bernstein and Copland, and even on film music from Fantasia to Star Wars.


Poems from the Indigenous Peoples

Barbara Mauter

10:00 – 11:30 AM, Friday, November 11

Joy Harjo is the incumbent United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold that honor, and only the second Poet Laureate to serve three terms. Experience her poetry and that of other Native American writers. Listen to their words as they speak of their continued contentedness to the rhythms of nature and the land. Experience how through their poetry and songs one may be transformed by the unrivaled beauty in our lives.

Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with over 20 years’ experience teaching college. She has taught and presented various workshops for UT, BGSU, Monroe County Community College, and Lifelong Learning at Lourdes University. She is known for her critical thinking class activities. Barbara’s interests center around how our minds work, reading, thinking, and Native American culture and history.


Creative Christmas Cards

Sr. Roselynn Humbert

1:00 – 3:00 PM, Fridays

November 11 – 18 (2 weeks)

Craft your own unique Christmas greeting cards with experienced card maker Sister Roselynn. Each class will provide you with instructions and materials for 3 cards. 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.


 Poets of the East

Bahu S. Shaikh, M.D.

10:00 – 11:30 AM, Thursday, November 17

Poetry has been an important way of expression, communication and an art form in the East.

Some Eastern poets are very popular in the West such as Rumi and Khalil Gibran, however there are many others worth knowing such as Iqbal and Tagore (a Nobel Prize winner). This lecture will introduce you to the beautiful poetry of the East which conveys universal messages of love, peace, and harmony with nature.


Hidden Gems of France

Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Thursday, November 17

Have you ever tasted a Bandol or Madiran? What about an Entre-du-Mers or Muscadet? In this class, we will journey through the lesser known areas of France to find the best wines! Discover villages next to famous wine regions that sell wines for half the price! Taste new varietals, learn why they are important and what makes them so unique. We will taste 6 wines and you are welcomed to bring your own foods to pair.


Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Jennifer Cummins Linehan

1:00 – 2:00 PM, Monday, November 21

Your personalized arrangement of fresh flowers will be perfect for the center of the Thanksgiving table! Combine your creativity with the expert guidance of Toledo’s only certified floral designer. All materials will be provided for this sweet-smelling experience.


Dawn of the Space Age

Laura Megeath

10:30 – 11:30 AM, Wednesday, Dec. 7

Re-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately-operated space flights. Learn about recent missions too!

Laura Megeath is the Coordinator of both Lifelong Learning and the Appold Planetarium.