After the monthly lecture, join us for a buffet lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert followed by   a presentation and lively discussion. Fridays, 11:15 AM12:45 PM in the Franciscan Center Board Room. Reservations are requested at least one week prior.


But I’m Not an Artist Like You

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, January 20

We admire creativity in children and professional artists, but the truth is everyone is naturally creative. Through time and disuse, so many stop practicing creativity, but it’s not actually lost forever! Creativity certainly adds joy to people’s lives, but it’s also a mindset that helps solve problems and improve relationships with each other and ourselves. In this session we’ll explore the little ways anyone can add creativity back into their lives.

Aimee Reid has been the Executive Artistic Director of Children’s Theatre Workshop for ten years.


Building a Disability Friendly Community

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, February 17

For more than 100 years the Ability Center has strived to strengthen the lives of people living with disabilities in our community. Disability friendly describes a community that values and welcomes the potential and participation of each of its citizens and visitors- including those that live differently. The Ability Center works to make our community the most disability friendly in the nation by increasing independence for people with disabilities, discovering true passions, and changing the community’s perception of disability. This work spans many sectors that make a difference: education, employment, health care, housing, transportation, technology, and social opportunities that enhance daily life.

Beth Stutler, Community Outreach Specialist, will describe the wonderful programs and services available to those navigating short-term and long-term disabilities.


Responding to Climate Change: Challenges & Opportunities for the Great Lakes

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, March 17

Climate change is a complex problem with no known solutions, many stakeholders and many competing interests. Effects of climate change are already being felt in the Great Lakes, but these effects will be magnified for our grandchildren. Dr. Richard B. (Ricky) Rood focuses on climate change problem-solving across disciplines. Dr. Rood will be joining us via Zoom from Colorado.

Dr. Rood is a Professor at the University of Michigan, in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering. He has a courtesy appointment in the School of the Environment and Sustainability and is a Dow Sustainability Distinguished Faculty Fellow. Dr. Rood has written expert blogs on climate change for the Weather Underground and His articles in The Conversation have had more than one million readers. He writes the column, Climate Blue, for Michigan Today.


Self-Care: Building Balance

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, April 21

Mental health care is just as important as medical care but it does not get the same attention.  One in five adults in the US are diagnosed with a mental disorder every year. No matter your age, demands from family, home, health, work and other priorities can be overwhelming. Learn how to tend to your own mental health and create balance through self-care, then see the positive ripple effect on your overall well-being.

Vicki Riddick, MA is the Director of University Wellness and Health Promotion at the University of Toledo.