You may register for the following activities, classes, and events by contacting 419-824-3707 or email

Registration may be made by credit card or check. Checks should be made payable to LULL (Lourdes University Lifelong Learning) and mailed to: Lourdes University Lifelong Learning, 6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania OH 43560.

Lifelong Learning Spring Registration Form

Cheese 101

Liz Donaldson
2:00 – 3:30 pm, Mondays
April 1 – 15 (3 weeks)

Cheese is everywhere, and some believe it makes everything taste better. The  wide variety of cheeses stem from basic differences in milk to production techniques. This class will cover the basic types of cheeses and how they are made, tasting along the way. Learn how to build the perfect cheese board!

Liz Donaldson has worked in Toledo’s food markets for much of her career, with a special emphasis on cheese and culinary arts.

The Libbeys of Toledo

Julie McMaster
10:30 – 11:30, Friday
April 26

The Libbey name is quite famous to Toledoans because of the famous Libbey Glass. But who were the people behind the successful company? In this discussion, Julie McMaster, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Archivist will discuss where the Libbeys came from, what brought them to Toledo, how they became successful, and how they gave back to the community they loved so well.

Spanish Conversation

Raquel Bravo
10:00 – 11:30 am, Mondays & Wednesdays (meets twice per week for five weeks)
Session 1: March 4 – April 3
Session 2: April 22 – May 22

Come speak Spanish with us! Whether you’re planning a trip abroad or learning for fun, this is a comfortable and supportive way to learn. Class time will focus on this beautiful Latin language with useful vocabulary and scenario dialogues, as well as a little of its culture and history. Students are invited to practice Spanish during lunch at the Lourdes Café after class (price of lunch not included). This class will use the textbook Spanish for Dummies published by Susana Wald and Cecie Kraynak.

Raquel Bravo is a native Spanish speaker who has taught English/Spanish bilingual education and adult education.  She is a retired school administrator who has enjoyed traveling to Spain, Mexico and South America extensively.  She is eager to share her love of the Spanish language with you!

Crocheting: Starting Stitches

Mary Jo Blohm
Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am
February 5 – 19 (3 weeks)
Fireside Room, St. Agnes Hall

Learn to crochet! One stitch at a time, this course will cover the basic fundamentals of crocheting. Class size is limited to allow for individual attention. Basic materials will be supplied to get you started!

Mary Jo Blohm recently retired and enjoys traveling, reading and crafting. She was introduced to crocheting at an early age and has taught herself to follow various patterns and create individualized projects. Some of her crocheted items are sold at All Good Things.

The 1950s and 1960s:  the Tumultuous Period of Change

Dale Lanigan
3:00 – 4:30 pm, Tuesdays
April 16 – May 7 (4 weeks)

This course will examine, from legal, social and political perspectives, the turbulent, fascinating and consequential decades of protest, the 1950s and 1960s. The focus will be on key figures, events and court decisions associated with the Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in the US. Also discussed will be the long-term impact of those times on future generations.

Dale Lanigan is Director of the Criminal Justice Program and Chairperson and Assistant Professor of Sociology & Justice Studies at Lourdes University.

Silk Scarf Painting

Sharon Havelak
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Wednesdays
April 24, May 1, 8, 15 (4 weeks)

Looking for that perfect scarf? Try painting it! Explore the delight of painting a silk scarf with fiber reactive dyes. You’ll have the opportunity to paint at least three scarves, using different painting techniques. No previous experience necessary, just bring your creativity! All materials will be provided.

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.

Time Machine: Destination the Franklin Expedition

Ruthi Mitchell
1:30 – 3:30 pm, Thursday
April 25 – May 2 

On May 19, 1845, British Naval Captain John Franklin left England with a crew of 133 men aboard two of the most well-equipped ships of the day, the Erebus and the Terror in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. Five men were sent back to England at Disko Bay due to illness, and 129 men sailed into oblivion. Although the expedition carried enough provisions for at least three years, none of them were ever seen again.

What happened to John Franklin and his crew? This mystery baffled historians for 169 years until 2014, when the Erebus was finally found. The Terror was found two years later. Join us as we uncover the mystery of the largest loss in British naval history at the time.

Ruthi Mitchell is a 2013 and 2016 graduate of Lourdes University with a BA in English and an MA in Theology, respectively. A self-proclaimed “research rat,” she has made a lifetime hobby of digging into history’s stories, both the famous and the obscure. This particular class was part of her MA in Theology Capstone presentation entitled “Reclaiming the Cross: Towards a Feminist Christology.”  She is excited to be able to share her interest with the Lourdes community.

American History Experienced Through Poetry: Post-Civil War through WWI

Shari O’Brien, Ph.D., J.D.
1:30 – 4:00 pm, Wednesdays
March 13 – April 3 (4 weeks)

History lovers and poetry lovers alike will be enlightened, amazed, and moved by exploring one of the most dynamic periods in our history through the eyes of America’s gifted poets. In the wake of the Civil War’s devastation, the nation underwent dramatic change. As we move through Reconstruction, the Gilded Era, and the dawn of the 20th century, we will learn, among other things, about Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee; the struggle for equality among freedmen and women; the Victorian obsession with death; Americans’ love affair with the circus and baseball; the labor and suffrage movements; the Spanish American War; Kitty Hawk, and the chaos of World War I. History will be illuminated through the lives and poems of famous writers like Dickinson, Stephen Vincent Benet, and Sandburg as well as works of men and women with whom you may be less familiar. This is an odyssey that will captivate you.

Dr. Shari O’Brien earned an M.A. from UM and a doctorate from BGSU. After graduating magna cum laude from UT College of 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 today to practice law and write poetry.

Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Dr. Adam Hodge
1:00 – 2:00 pm, Friday
Feb. 8 – 22 (3 weeks)

Nearly 150 years after it happened, the defeat of George Armstrong Custer’s Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn remains one of the least understood and most controversial events in American history. This three-part class examines Custer’s life and actions leading up to June 25, 1876, the events of that fateful day on the grasslands of Montana, and subsequent public memory and debate of the man and the battle.

Dr. Adam Hodge, Associate Professor of History at Lourdes, specializes in early American, environmental, and Native American History. He earned degrees from Thiel College (B.A.), Kent State University (M.A.), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Ph.D).

English Artists of the 18th & 19th Centuries

Chris Rilling

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Tuesday 
February 12

After the Royal Academy was founded in London, a great flowering of English landscape paintings developeded as well as a distinct style and tradition in portraiture. Although France was the focus of the art world, English artists produced some of the most important landscapes, portraiture, and history paintings of the time.

Chris Rilling is both an educator and artist. After receiving a Masters in Art Education from University of Toledo, Chris taught art and art history at Owens Community College and Northview High School.


Great Decisions – 2019

Hugh Grefe 

1:30 – 3:00, Tuesdays
Feb.13 – April 3 (8 weeks) 

Do you want to know the story behind the biggest stories in global news? Join America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Each year the Foreign Policy Association selects eight critical issues, and this year the topics range from nuclear security to U.S.- China trade to the rise of populism in Europe. Read a chapter in the briefing book at home, then watch a televised segment at the start class before diving into a spirited discussion of the most critical global issues facing America today. The textbook required for this class, Great Decisions, is available at the Lourdes bookstore for about $32 and online.

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.

Let’s Talk Character and Ethics

Bill Clark and Lynn Doty

10:30-noon, Wednesdays
Feb. 20 – 27 (2 weeks)

What’s the right thing to do? The answer’s not always clear, especially when you consider these complex, 21st century situations. Class will start with a video about a real-life ethical dilemma, then the group will make decisions which in turn lead to additional choices and different outcomes. “In Pursuit of Ethics” is an interactive, cloud based educational tool that follows different ethical dilemmas and their varied outcomes. Developed by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation, the goal is to stimulate honest, fair behavior by addressing issues of respect, responsibility, and the courage to make hard decisions.

Lynn Doty is the Director of Ethics for the BBB Foundation. Lynn has overseen the revitalization of the “In Pursuit of Ethics” video program, adding new modules and overseeing its implementation into school systems and use in continuing education credits for adults in several professions. This unique program is also being expanded to Better Business Bureaus in a number of cities in North America. After retiring from a career in radio, Bill Clark returned to Toledo, his hometown, and became involved with the BBB Foundation and currently serves as President.

American Artists of the 18th & 19th Centuries

Chris Rilling

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Tuesday
March 5

From the Colonial Period through the westward expansion, American artists recorded the creation of a new nation. Picture our country’s history unfolding on canvass!

Taste Wine Like a Pro

Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday
March 5

Come and exercise your pallet as we dissect and discuss six different wines. Learn what to look for in a wine, how to smell it and taste it critically. We’ll work as a group to delve in and describe the key features of each wine. This class will help to sharpen your skills of discernment and build your wine vocabulary. A great opportunity for new wine drinkers to build their tasting skills and experienced wine drinkers to sharpen theirs.

Students are welcomed to bring their own food for pairings, as food will not be provided.

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

Play Better Bridge

Ben Beazley

10:00 – noon, Saturday
March 9 – April 6 (6 weeks)

Come and share our enjoyable and informative bridge classes! You can improve your bidding and playing by learning useful conventions to enhance your game. We will discuss bidding and defensive tactics used by many bridge experts. If you have a regular bridge partner, it would be helpful for you to take the course together; we will be bidding and playing in every session. A student book is included.

Ben Beazley has been a Bridge Life Master for many years and enjoys playing regularly in local duplicate games. He has extensive experience as a bridge instructor; he has tutored students individually and taught UT faculty groups as well as courses at Belmont Country Club and the Ottawa Hills Village Life Program.

Simply Speaking

Max Kohr

10:00 – 11:30 am, Tuesdays
Mar. 19 – Apr. 2 (3 weeks)

Sharpen your speaking skills at this “How To” workshop.  Whether you want to speak to a small group of friends or a larger audience, this course is sure to give you tips on how to get your points across. Preparation and presentation will be essential parts of this course, as well as introductions, table talk, storytelling and telling a joke. Overcome all trepidation in a comfortable and supportive environment as we strive to become more effective communicators.

Max Kohr is a seasoned speaker, workshop presenter and Distinguished Toastmaster.

My Big Fat Greek Wine Class

Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday
March 19

Explore this historic wine country and learn how wine has been woven into the Greek culture for the last 6,000+ years! We’ll discuss everything from Agiorgitiko (a red Greek wine grape variety) to Dionysus. You’ll experience six amazingly structured and versatile wines that are terroir-driven and truly representative of Greece. Students are welcomed to bring their own food for pairings, as food will not be provided.

World War II Stolen & Looted Art

Albert Geha

10:00 – 11:00 am, Friday
March 22

World War II was a fascinating period in world history which continues to influence the present state of affairs of today. This class will focus on the influence of stolen art treasures on the war and its legacy. It was not well known that wholesale looting, particularly in the world of art, took place in many countries and was part of deliberate strategies. This looting and outright thievery was perpetrated by not only the Axis but also, to some extent, the Allied nations.

Albert Geha, Ed. S., has developed his love of art through his work as a docent at the Toledo Museum of Art. He also has teaching experience from working in Washington Local Schools for 11 years after earning his Education Specialist degree from the University of Toledo.

Now You See It…

Barbara Mauter

12:30 – 2:00 pm, Friday
March 22

Now you don’t! Our world is full of things that are not as they seem. Join this eye-opening class exploring optical illusions. Learn about when optical illusions were first created, and how have they been used, explore some of the fun and mystery behind them. A fun and thought provoking class that will certainly play tricks on your eyes.

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 Owens State Community College. Her interests center around thinking, reading and how our minds work. She is known for her critical thinking class activities.

Gluten: Unlocking the Mystery

Barbara Mauter

10:00 – noon, Friday
April 5

What is the gluten factor? This class will provide an overview of scientific findings on gluten-intolerance, why allergies are increasing, as well as a discussion of defining, finding and avoiding gluten.

The Renaissance and Reformation through Art

Albert Geha

10:00 – 11:00 am, Friday
May 17

The Renaissance and Reformation are recognized as significant historical periods with unique philosophies and art. This class will delve into the social, economic and political situations that helped to bring about these different schools of thought that broke with previous conventions. Art lead the way and not only clarified thinking, but also gave justification and credence to specific ways of life. We will trace the evolution of art throughout these cultural eras and show how the various schools of thought that presided due to the Renaissance and because of the Reformation affected the entire art world.

Mediterranean Wines From Spain and France

Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday
March 26

Discover the regions along the Mediterranean coast and learn what makes this area so unique and versatile. Taste a variety of wines from the area and discuss how the wine making style is deeply connected to the life and climate of this vast sea.

Students are welcomed to bring their own food for pairings, as food will not be provided.

The Wild, Wonderful, Wacky World of Surrealism

Chris Rilling

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Tuesday
April 9

Salvador Dali and his cohorts invite you to share their dreams and subconscious lives through surrealism, a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature that sought to release the unbridled imagination of the unconscious mind.

Six Things you Should Know about Italian Wines

Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday
April 16

Are you afraid of Italian wines or do you love everything about them? Either way this class is for you! We’ll discuss the top 6 things that you need to know about Italian wines to make

American Art of the 20th Century

Chris Rilling

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Tuesday
May 14

Artist from pre-World War I through post-World War II emerged with new independence and styles, making America the center of the Art World. A combination of avant-garde artists fleeing turmoil in Europe and good old American independence produced a new realism as well as expression and abstraction.

Health Care Breakthroughs: are they available in Toledo?

Marya Czech

Date to be announced

We are barraged with commercials for new medications–and encouraged to suggest them to our doctors–whether or not we have the symptoms.  These medications represent new approaches to disease treatment and are part of a totally new repertoire of disease management.  The presentation will explore the new possibilities of treatments for cancers, heart and cardiovascular disease, and obesity-related disorders.  Will these be available in Toledo health care systems, and will our insurance providers consider covering these treatments?

Good Humor – Sufi Wisdom Stories

Sheila Otto

Meet the Middle East’s most famous wise fool, Mulla Nasruddin. The stories originate in the 13th century and have travelled through the centuries and across continents making laughter a part of the awakened life for those willing to laugh and learn with Nasruddin.

Nasruddin stories are often published as children’s books, but like more familiar western fables, they contain wisdom for every age group. Humor is a teaching device in many spiritual traditions.

Storyteller/spiritual director Sheila Otto will tell several 2-3 minute  Nasruddin stories. With each story there will time for laughter, reflection, discussion and the option to write and tell your own Nasruddin style story in contemporary terms.

Probability, Odds, and Casinos

George Kertz, Ph.D.

Date to be announced

What does it mean to “beat the odds” and is it even possible? Come learn about popular games of chance and the probabilities behind betting.  What are the odds for roulette, keno, even bingo? Find out what fair pay-offs would be for these games. It’s a fair bet you’ll take a chance with this class, whether you’re a gambler or not!

As Professor Emeritus from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Toledo, George Kertz, Ph.D. has considerable experience teaching math and explaining its applications.


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