Printmaking: Scratching the Itch!

An introduction to intaglio drypoint printmaking

Patrick Dubreuil

2:30 – 5:00 PM, Thursdays

April 21 – May 26 (6 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.

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


Dealing with the Great Divide

Sheila Otto & Marya Czech

10:30 – noon, Mondays

April 25 – May 16 (4 weeks)

Feeling like there are too many topics that are conversationally “off limits” because of the divisive political/social climate? Wish you could bridge those gaps to sort through misinformation, bias and anger and find reason and civil discourse? Want to understand the culture of suspicion, distrust and conspiracy?

Scientist Sr. Marya Czech and storyteller Sheila Otto will weave scientific thinking, science, history, cultural myths, and communication techniques with lively discussion.


Louis Armstrong: from New Orleans to Pop Royalty

Dr. Christopher Williams

3:30 – 5:00 PM, Mondays

April 25 – May 9 (3 weeks)

Exclusively online

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s artistic life spanned five decades, and he himself engineered many of the key developments that changed the face of jazz, from its origins in blues and Dixieland to the birth of bebop to Hollywood and popular music fame, chiefly as a vocalist. Along the way, he invented and shaped the technical vocabulary of jazz composition and improvisation. Over three weeks we will examine the stages in the life of one of the most colorful, original, and influential figures in twentieth-century American music and reassess his achievements both in music and in culture more broadly considered.


Dream Interpretation

Father John R. Blaser

9:30 – 11:30 AM, Tuesdays

April 26 – May 17 (4 weeks)

Everyone has dreams, and upon waking we want to make sense of those dreams. As we interpret our dream images, it is normal to see them from our personal or subjective point of view. According to Michael Conforti of the Assisi Institute, this form of interpretation overlooks the deeper significance of the dream images. He believes that in addition to the subjective or personal interpretation there is an objective, collective or archetypal interpretation which pursues the divine, transcendent, numinous aspects of the dream images.

Father Blaser will present the objective, archetypal interpretation of dreams. The class will involve learning about what is called the “orient” or pattern of a dream and also using the format of: exposition, development, crisis and solution to analyze the dream structure.

Father John R. Blaser is a priest of the Diocese of Toledo. Since his retirement in 2009, he has taken up an interest in dream work at the Haden Institute in North Carolina where he was introduced to the work of Carl Jung.


Being Disobedient

Tom Roka

1:30 – 3:30 PM, Fridays

April 29 – May 13 (3 weeks)

Jesus, Socrates, Thoreau, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. were all notorious for disobedience. This course addresses the morality and the need to be disobedient. Also, what are the risks one takes for being disobedient? Should a distinction be made between disobedience and civil disobedience? This class will culminate with listening to and discussing King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech (April, 1967).


Mughal Empire in India and the Story of the Taj Mahal

Bahu S. Shaikh, M.D.

10:00 – 11:30 am

Wednesday, May 25

The Taj Mahal is one of the world’s most famous buildings. The real story behind this magnificent tomb begins with the Mughals who ruled India from 1526 to 1857. The end of this empire came about when the British East India Company defeated the Mughals and India became a colony of the British Empire. Discover the glory of the Mughals and their major accomplishments in literature, art, architecture and religion.


The Battle of Okinawa

Bill Saunders and Dr. Dwayne Beggs

1:00 – 2:00 PM, Wednesdays

June 1, 8, 15, 22, July 6 (5 weeks)

Hybrid class: in person and online

Just days into his presidency, Commander-in-Chief Truman was presiding over a bloodbath. It was the sixth year of World War II and the United States needed a base to stage an invasion of mainland Japan. The island of Okinawa was the crucial final steppingstone for the Americans. For the Japanese, it would be the first time they met the enemy on home soil. The Battle of Okinawa, or Operation Iceberg, was one of the bloodiest and costliest of World War II in the Pacific. It was also one of the hardest-fought in the history of the US military. Learn how this one battle affects your life today.

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.

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.

Summer Shakespeare: Hamlet, on Film

Dr. Susan Shelangoskie

1:00 – 2:15 PM, Thursdays, June 2 – 16 (3 weeks)

In this class, we will watch and discuss a number of adaptations of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet. Viewing film versions from a number of different decades—from early silent film to modern day—shows how different productions are responsive to the time in which they are made. It is often said that Shakespeare in general and this play in particular are “universal”; through our film study we will discuss what that means and whether it’s true in the case of Hamlet.

Recommended reading prior to the class: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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 Nineteenth-Century Contexts.


Beginner Birding

Elizabeth Anderson

9:00 – 10:30 AM, Friday, June 3 – 10 (2 weeks)

Learn the basics of bird identification in this introductory course! You’ll learn to look for size, shape, sound, markings, and more to identify common Ohio birds. A second session will put your newfound knowledge to use as we venture to Secor Metropark to practice birding in the field. This course includes a copy of the book National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition for each student to keep.

Elizabeth Anderson received an English degree from Lourdes University and now works as an adjunct professor and administrative assistant. She has a short story published in SJ Whitby’s anthology Awakenings, as well as two other short stories forthcoming later in 2022. Elizabeth started birding 13 years ago and looks forward to sharing one of her favorite pastimes with Lifelong Learners.

Yukata: A Casual Kimono

Traeonna Wagener

3:30 – 5:00 PM, Wednesdays

June 8 – 15 (2 weeks)

Discover kimono (着物), the traditional clothing of Japan. This class will focus on yukata (浴衣), a type of casual unlined kimono typically worn year-round while staying at traditional Japanese inns, while visiting hot springs, around the home, or in the summertime to festivals. It is a simple way to experience wearing kimono. This overview will cover yukata basics, including the differences for men and women, what is worn underneath, and accessories. There will be dressing demonstrations that include how to wear yukata as well as how to tie an obi (cloth belt) with opportunities for hands-on learning so you too can practice the act and art of dressing in kimono, known as kitsuke (着付け).

Traeonna Wagener is a passionate and experienced educator who provides lectures and workshops on a variety of topics with one of her favorite subjects being kimono. She has been wearing kimono for over 10 years. Traeonna teaches kimono dressing lessons in Toledo and is apprenticed to a certified kimono instructor and stylist in Japan with the intent of becoming a certified kitsuke instructor.

Understanding the Holocaust

Tom Sorosiak

10:00 – 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 9 and 23

The Holocaust is a complex topic and can be difficult to understand. This class will give context for the Lifelong Learning trip “History Remembered and Celebrated” that includes a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The focus will be primarily 1923 to 1945, including Hitler’s rise to power and his disdain for the people of the Jewish faith. It will introduce the types of camps, locations, and reasons behind their creation.

After the Holocaust Memorial Center tour, the group will discuss what was learned and answer questions that may arise after returning from the visit. This class is free for everyone participating in the trip “History Remembered and Celebrated.

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


Russian Realist Art

Richard Ward, Ph.D.

1:00 – 3:30 PM, Monday, June 13

Russian realist painters from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s were known as the Peredvizhniki, often translated as the “Wanderers.” These “Wanderers” rejected control from the art academies of Petersburg and Moscow and took their art to the public, including the rural peasants.

Russian realism grew out of the protest movements of the mid 1800s and disappeared with the development of Soviet realist art under communism. Many of these paintings are in protest to the living conditions of the common people and often indicate the stark contrast between the rich and the poor. Paintings preserved primarily in the Russian Museum (in Petersburg; not the Hermitage Museum) and the Tretiakov Museum (in Moscow) will be shown and discussed.

Dick Ward studied Assyriology at the University of Chicago and received a Ph.D. in ancient history from the University of Minnesota. This is a personal study of Russian realist art that affects Dick very deeply. He lived in Russia at one time and looks forward to introducing you to the artists Repin, Perov, Polenov, Savrasov, Kramskoy, and others.


From Camelot to Superstar: The Turbulent Sixties in British & American Musical Theater

Dr. Christopher Williams

3:30 – 5:00 PM, Mondays

June 13 – 27 (3 weeks); Exclusively online

As in every other aspect of society, the 1960s were a time of great upheaval for English-speaking musical theater. Partly this was due to the rise of rock and roll; partly this was due to a quest for social relevance; partly it was generational. The careers of Frank Loesser and Lerner and Loewe were ending; the passing of Oscar Hammerstein II left Richard Rodgers without a songwriting partner. But Stephen Sondheim found his voice, and his stride. Charles Strouse brought rock and roll fan culture to the stage. With the long-running The Fantasticks, Jones and Schmidt used radical simplicity to create a cult classic. Jerry Herrman (Hello Dolly!), Harnick and Bock (Fiddler on the Roof), and Kander and Ebb (Cabaret) all began long careers. British shows again asserted their power from across the pond, from Lionel Bart’s Oliver! to Newley and Bricusse, whose shows were more successful in America than England, to the first rock musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

This class will show the radical changes in style and tone, highlighting uniquely powerful fusions of music and text.

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.


Afternoon Tea Sampler

Kristin Baldeschwiler

4:00 – 6:00 PM, Thursdays

June 16 – July 21 (6 weeks)

Kristin has taught a range of classes for Lifelong Learning over the last 17 years. Join her for a summer sampler of both old and new lecture topics, in this order:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect and designer
  • John Piper, British painter
  • Bruno Schmitz, German architect and designer
  • Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter
  • Hector Guimard, French architect and designer
  • Albrecht Durer, German painter and printmaker

Kristin Baldeschwiler, a 2003 graduate of Lourdes, received her BA in Art History, works in medical education at St. Vincent medical center, and is the owner / operator of Baldeschwiler Art and Design, LLC.


Queens in Medieval England

Dr. Kristen Geaman

11:00 – noon, Mondays, June 20-27 (2 weeks)

Medieval England was a monarchy, ruled by a king. Those kings nearly always had queens to help them, but what was the role of a queen? Popular wisdom suggests the queen was there to provide heirs and little else, but queens had a vital political role beyond their reproductive duties. This class will explore the various duties of England’s queens, including intercession, patronage, the performance of public piety, and motherhood. The first class will focus on some of England’s “good” queens, who fulfilled their duties without offending the sensibilities of their contemporaries. Examples include twelfth-century queens such as Matilda of Scotland and fourteenth-century queens such as Philippa of Hainault and Anne of Bohemia. The second class will focus on some of England’s “bad” queens, such as Isabella of France and Margaret of Anjou, who led armies and upset their contemporaries in a variety of ways. By comparing and contrasting queens who achieved positive reputations with queens who did not, the course will argue that adherence to gender norms played a central role in determining how a queen’s contemporaries evaluated her.

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 and published her book, Anne of Bohemia, in April 2022.


Focus on the Winemaker

Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Wednesday, June 29

In this class, we will profile two wineries’ stories. We’ll learn about the people, history and grapes that define their identity. We’ll look inside how the winery began and where they are today. We’ll taste examples of their wine and discuss their winemaking traditions and methods. We will taste six wines (three from each producer). You are always welcomed to bring your own food to pair.

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


This is Art, This is America: Art and Artists from the Collection of SAAM

2:00 – 3:00 PM, Tuesdays

July 5 – 26, (4 weeks) Exclusively online

 The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its holdings capture the aspirations, character, and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. Drawing from the Museum’s extensive collections, join study group leaders as they shine a light on the contributions of overlooked, marginalized, and self-taught artists from diverse backgrounds working in a variety of media who have contributed to the nation’s rich visual heritage.


Toledo’s Natural “Hot Spots”

Marya Czech

10:30 – noon, Monday, July 11

No other city in the Great Lakes has a greater variety of natural areas. Enjoy a visual ecotour of the ecosystems highlighted by Toledo’s Metroparks, the remnants of the Great Black Swamp and Midwest Oak Savanna, and our three rivers, the Maumee, Ottawa, and Swan Creek. Discover the treasures in our region with tour guide Marya Czech, free-range ecologist.


RVW at 150

Dr. Christopher Williams

3:30 – 5:00 PM, Mondays

July 11 – 25 (3 weeks); Exclusively online

An argument can be made that Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) was the most important English composer of classical music in the 20th century, though he is still under-appreciated in the United States. 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of his birth, affording an ideal opportunity to assess his achievements and introduce his music to a wider audience.

Vaughan Williams –the great nephew of Charles Darwin– is perhaps best known to the general public as a folk song collector, composer of Anglican church hymns, and for two famous concert works: his Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis and The Lark Ascending, for violin and orchestra. Yet he contributed major works to all genres, from chamber music to opera, and was particularly admired for his choral works. His cycle of nine symphonies stands with those of Mahler, Sibelius, and Shostakovich for their wide emotional range and sheer quality. And he was perhaps the oldest composer to contribute so copiously to the burgeoning genre of film music.

This class will consider his life, his friendships, his music, his philosophy, and his influence on a younger generation of musicians.


Art of Patents

Brian Reagan

11:00 – noon, Tuesday, July 12

Many patent applications include illustrations that are key to demonstrating their novel ideas. Some diagrams indicate structure, others illustrate a patent’s applications. Brian learned how to search through archives of patent applications for intriguing illustrations. He creates wall art that pays tribute to everything from ordinary household objects to toys to current technological innovations. Learn how this unique hobby lead to a small business, brickhouse partners ltd., hear stories behind specific patents, and see the beauty of design.


Using Your iPhone Effectively

Janis Weber

1:00 – 3:00 PM, Tuesday & Thursday
July 12 & 14 (meets 2 times in one week)

This class is intended for new users of iPhones as well as experienced users who may want some additional tips and “tricks”. Topics will include familiarization with device controls, how to use various touch gestures, how to check/change device settings and Wi-Fi connectivity, how to find and download apps from Apple’s Apps Store, and familiarization with some of the built-in apps such as Email, Photos, Safari, Messaging, Contacts and FaceTime. Please bring your phone to class. You will need to know your Apple ID and Apple password! Please note that this class will cover only Apple devices, not Android. We will practice taking photos and sharing them as well as in-class texting. Please bring any questions you have so we can work on them together.

Instructor Janis Weber also teaches at UT and Monroe Community College. She writes “The Mouse Trap” for Sylvania Advantage and is the owner of Ohio Computer Training, which focuses on groups as well as individual training.


Blind Tasting

Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Wednesday, July 13

What is a blind tasting you ask? In this class we won’t reveal anything about the wine before we taste it. It will be your job to taste and decipher the characteristics of each wine. We will work as a group to delve into each wine and decode the messages that each wine is telling us. Over the 6 examples that we taste, we will sharpen our skills of sight, smell, and taste. You are welcomed to bring your own food to accompany the wine.