The Lifelong Learning Monthly Lecture Series aims to bring outstanding speakers to our community. Join us for refreshments at 9:15 a.m. followed by presentations from outstanding speakers from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Franciscan Center. Alternatively, you may attend online. For links to join these lectures via Zoom, please visit www.


China’s New Era and What It Means for the United States                 September 17

Meeting ID: 847 3078 7490

Learn how China’s politics and economy have changed since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis and the implication of these domestic changes for US-China Relations. Dr. Mary Gallagher will discuss the increased centralization of political power by China’s leader, Xi Jinping; the increased penetration of the Communist Party in media, society, and the private sector; and China’s increased confidence in its foreign policy and diplomacy.

Dr. Mary Gallagher is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she is also the Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, and a faculty associate at the Center for Comparative Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research. Professor Gallagher was a foreign student in China in 1989 at Nanjing University. She also taught at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing from 1996-1997. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar from 2003 to 2004 at East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China.


Picturing Places                                                                                            October 15

Meeting ID 813 0394 0202

We always bring cameras when we travel, and many of us carry cameras every day in our cell phones. These cameras can help us explore a place, whether close to home or on an exotic trip. Photography professor, author, and artist Garin Horner has guided students across the US and through Canada, Europe, India, Nepal, and South America, helping them to learn about themselves and the world.

It doesn’t matter whether you take photographs with a digital camera or a cell phone, there are lots of tips, techniques, and resources that can help you take better pictures, particularly when you travel. In this informative and interactive presentation, you will learn how to get the most out of your camera. Prof. Horner will share some of his favorite ways to prepare for a trip, advice on how to explore a destination, and ways to communicate a sense of place through your own unique vision.

Garin Horner is a Professor of Photography at Adrian College, in Adrian Michigan and has taught travel photography for more than 20 years. He is the author of The Photography Teacher’s Handbook: Practical Methods for Engaging Students in the Flipped Classroom, a co-author of Teaching Photography, 2nd Edition, and has recently written The Photo Student Handbook: Essential Advice on Learning Photography and Launching Your Career Path.


Rules of the Game: Sports at Colleges Today                                      November 19

Sports are a traditional aspect of the college experience, but the rules governing athletics are constantly evolving. We will discuss current challenges in collegiate sports, including the women’s movement and equality initiatives, and compare the NAIA and NCAA. Recently the Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA cannot limit education-related benefits to college athletes, a decision that will have far reaching impacts. Several states now allow athletes to be compensated for use of their name, image, and likeness. As inside view of collegiate athletics will be presented by Janet Eaton, Vice President of Athletics at Lourdes University.

Janet Eaton joined Lourdes University as Athletics Director 2018. Under her leadership, the Gray Wolves have been named a NAIA Gold Five-Star Institution for three consecutive years, the first gold awards in the department’s history. She has been responsible for adding new sports at Lourdes –men’s and women’s tennis, women’s wrestling, along with resurrecting the track program for both men and women– and sponsorships from Team Sports and Under Armor. Eaton has received numerous awards, most recently the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Athletics Director of the Year after guiding the Gray Wolves through the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape.


Toledo’s Automotive History: Providing the Spark to Move a Nation     December 17

Since the birth of the automotive industry, Toledo, Ohio has been a major contributor to the development and production of the automobile. Learn about the advancement of the automobile through the histories of the companies that produced them, as well as the men and women who assembled them. From Pierre Gendron’s wire spoked wheel to the Toledo Steamer, from Pope to Willys-Overland, as well as the Stranahan brothers’ Champion Spark Plug, Electric Auto-lite, Spicer-Dana, Libbey-Owens-Ford’s safety glass windshields, the Milburn Electric, and the world-famous Jeep, Toledo made its mark in the auto industry.

Drive through Toledo’s rich manufacturing and automotive past with a speaker from the Toledo History Museum. The Toledo History Museum is located in the historic Valentine Building at 425 North St. Clair Street.


For questions –or to suggest a speaker– please call 419-824-3707 or email