You can Zoom!

Laura Megeath

10:30 – 11:30 am, Wednesday, January 6
2:00 – 3:00 pm, Tuesday, January 12

Using Zoom is easier than you think! Join us for either one of these free lessons. First, we will cover all the basics so you are able to make the most of Lifelong Learning online events. Then you will learn how to share your own slides and videos. Free, no registration necessary.

Meeting ID: 862 3056 8183


The 20th Century Symphony

Dr. Christopher Williams

3:30 – 5:00 pm, Mondays
January 18 – Feb. 1 (3 weeks)

With the popularity of the two classes on the history of the symphony offered last fall, the obvious next step is to continue this history through the 20th century. Although the symphony was the central genre of orchestral music in the 18th and 19th centuries, it remained a topic of vital interest throughout the twentieth century and to the present day. Even for composers who specialized in other genres, the symphony was reserved for making profound philosophical, poetic, and nationalistic statements and for displaying technical mastery on the highest level. This course will discuss the twentieth century symphony in three units. “Turn of the Century” will feature works composed between 1900 and WW I, by composers such as Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Sibelius, and Nielsen. “Nationalisms” will introduce works of the 1930s and 1940s by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Barber, Copland, Messiaen, and Holmboe. “From Modern to Post-Modern” will feature symphonies since the 1960s. The instructor will provide listening lists of recommended works beyond what can be covered in class.

Dr. Christopher Williams holds a Ph.D. in Music History and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught at the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, the Universität Salzburg, and in the joint program of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. He is considered an expert on the music of Fin-de-siècle Vienna.


Partition of British India and the birth of modern-day India and Pakistan

Bahu S. Shaikh, M.D.

10:00 – 11:30 am
Wednesday, January 20

At the end of World War II, British India received its independence and two new countries were born. The northern, predominantly Muslim sections of India became the nation of Pakistan while the southern and majority Hindu section became the Republic of India. At least 10 million people fled north or south, depending on their faith, and more than 500,000 were killed in the upheaval. This is the story of those turbulent times, of the major population migration, and the political figures responsible for this momentous decision.

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.


Great Decisions – 2021

Hugh Grefe

1:30 – 3:00, Thursday
January 21 – March 18 (8 weeks)

Do you want to know the story behind the biggest topics in global news? Join America’s largest discussion program on world affairs! Explore topics ranging from artificial intelligence to U.S. relations with central America to China’s inroads into Latin America.

Discussions are based on materials from the Foreign Policy Association which selects eight critical issues each year. 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 online and also at the Lourdes Welcome Center for $33.

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.


Female Healers in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Elizabeth Sexton, Ph.D.

11:00 – noon, Mondays
Jan. 25 – Feb. 15 (4 weeks)

There was a time when women were both admired and feared for their ability to heal through herbs, prayers, and even spells. Without university degrees or licenses from authorities, their knowledge was passed down through generations of females. Learning from women who were sought out or harmed for their knowledge, we will explore attitudes about superstition, religion, medical practices, and the roles of women in Medieval and early modern Europe.

Elizabeth Sexton has a Ph.D. in European History from the University of Toledo. She received a Fulbright Grant as well as research fellowships from the Camões Institute, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Luso-American Foundation and the National Archive in Portugal, allowing her to live in Portugal for several years. She has also taught courses at the University of Toledo and Ohio Northern University.


Dirty Little Secrets

Karen Lucas

9:30 – 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 26

What is hiding in your closets, kitchen, or garage? Is the clutter threatening to take over? This is the time to get organized and tackle some of the most heavily used and cluttered areas of your home. This class will help you get started by sharing expert advice on the basics of good organization, simple organization systems to use, and clever space saving ideas. You will come away from this session feeling confident that you will know how to reclaim the important areas in your home in as little as a day.

Presented by Karen Lucas, owner of Your Professional Organizer, a service she created in 2013 to help people transition to a simple, more organized, less stressful way of living. Karen is a member of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers.


What Makes Us Sick?

Dr. Anjali D. Gray

3:00 – 4:00 pm, Wednesday
January 27 – February 24 (5 weeks)

When a person or animal becomes sick, we look for explanations. The answers have ranged from witches and curses to the environment and microorganisms. This course will analyze the biological, historical, cultural, ethical and scientific issues related to various human diseases and disorders. It will explore how science has progressed in detecting the causes of human diseases over the last few centuries.

Dr. Anjali D. Gray is a professor in the department of Biology & Health Sciences at Lourdes University. She teaches a wide variety of classes from introductory biology to upper-level core courses and her favorite subject is genetics.


The Civically Engaged Citizen – 2

Hugh Grefe

1:30 – 3:30 pm, Tuesday
February 2 – 23 (4 weeks)

This class gets its title from a book focused on the idea of community. What does it mean to be engaged in our community? Giving or serving, leading or associating? How do we encourage people to engage together on community matters? What can we learn by reflecting on the writings of commentators, poets, business leaders, and artists? This is your invitation to join the discussion addressing thought provoking questions. This class began in the fall semester, but you are welcome whether or not you participated last semester.

The Civically Engaged Reader is a collection of more than forty provocative and diverse readings that range across literature, philosophy, and religion. These selections invite reflection on all kinds of civic-minded activities from authors ranging from Aristotle to Maya Angelou and Benjamin Franklin to Andrew Carnegie. Over four semesters, we will read different sections of this book. Published by the Great Books Foundation, the book is available for purchase through the Lifelong Learning office for $25.


Jazz in the Twentieth Century

Dr. Christopher Williams

3:30 – 5:00 pm, Mondays
February 8 – 22 (3 weeks)

Jazz is often referred to as America’s great musical art form. It certainly is American to its very core, forged from the fusion of blues, ragtime, and popular song in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Like so many currents through American culture, jazz is tied intimately to the racial experience in America, to the extent that even today its cultural provenance is hotly debated. This class will explore the history of jazz in three units. “The First Jazz Age” will trace the beginnings of jazz style in the ragtime artists and Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the 1910s through the careers of such artists as Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Sidney Bechet, and Fletcher Henderson, who flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. “Be-Bop and Big Band” will examine the tensions in the 1940s and 1950s between the emergence of jazz as the dominant style in dance and popular music and a kind of arthouse spirit of experimentation. Artists to be discussed will include Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and John Coltrane. “Miles and Beyond” focuses on experimental artists like Charlie Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and Miles Davis and how they sought to keep jazz in constant interaction with other popular music genres, including funk, R&B, fusion, and even rap music, as the artform grew to become an international style even as it faded from the forefront of American popular music.


The Wine Shop Demystified

Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 pm, Thursday, Feb. 11

In this class we’ll cover how and where to find the best wines for you in a wine shop. We’ll discuss big box store stocking methods as well as boutique bottle shop theories and shopping online. Using Valentine’s Day as our focus, we’ll look for gems that will make our holiday sweet. Since this wine tasting class will be online, participants will be sent a list of wines to pick up or order from their favorite store before the class.

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


Islamic Medical Ethics

Bahu S. Shaikh, M.D.

10:00 – 11:30 am
Wednesday, February 24

The medical ethics taught in today’s medical schools derives basic values from the major religions of the world. This lecture will explore the contributions of the Muslim faith to complex issues that people have struggled with since ancient times, including death and dying, suicide, euthanasia, abortion, blood transfusion, organ donation and several other topics.


Vaccines Explained

Marya Czech

10:00 – 11:30 am, Monday
March 8 – 29 (4 weeks)

Vaccines are powerful tools that have led to the eradication of polio and smallpox worldwide. As COVID-19 draws new attention to vaccines, we need to understand the background of these tools. How were vaccines discovered and how do they work? What diseases can they fight? What are the stories that cause people to mistrust vaccines? How are vaccines used globally today? When will herd immunity be effective?

Marya Czech, retired professor from the Lourdes University Biology Department, will present hour-long lessons about vaccines, saving the last half hour of each class for your questions and discussion.


History of Political Parties

Dr. Dwayne Beggs

11:00 – noon, Tuesday
March 2 – 30 (5 weeks)

The founding fathers did not want a king/despot/dictator to take control of the fledgling country. As a result, the founding fathers sought to put in place a representative form of government, one that would allow the people some direct input on how they were governed.  The attempts to codify a representative form of government led to groups forming within the founding fathers.  One group was the federalists and the other was the anti-federalists (who opposed ideas the federalists wanted to include in the U.S Constitution – primarily involving the powers of the Chief Executive, the President). From the writing of the U.S. Constitution to the present, political parties have emerged and fought for power.  Join us as we examine the founding and development of the Democratic-Republican Party, the Whig Party, the Republican Party, and the Green Party, as well as other political parties that have arisen in America throughout the nation’s history.

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.


Economics from a Non-Economist Perspective – Past, Present, and Future

John Krochmalny

2:00 – 3:30 pm, Wednesdays
March 3 – 17 (3 weeks)

In its simplest form, an economy is a human activity that involves the sharing of resources between those who have and those that need. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors had the earliest economy based upon their needs and a willingness to travel. Later communities involved division of labor centered around agriculture which required people to plan for their futures based upon the resources at hand. Today, our world economies have grown toward a complexity that many believe are un-sustainable. Many organizations such as the United Nations Agenda 21, the Islamic Community’s Rabat Declaration on Environment Protection, and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si are raising concerns about our present economic activity. This class will explore the roots of humanity’s attempts to organize people’s work and production of resources, where this economy is at now, and where it may/must evolve to.

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


Rx for Laughter

Barbara Mauter

10:00 – 11:00 am, Friday, March 5

Studies have shown that laughter can improve your health! Laughter establishes –or restores– a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between people. Some researchers believe the major function of laughter is to bring people together. Are you ready to have some FUN and laugh? Join us as we take a look at the “lighter side of life” and laugh away many of our cares. We will take both a lighthearted and a serious look at this prescription and the health benefits that may result.

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.


Jekyll and Hyde: From Source to Screen

Susan Shelangoskie, Ph.D.

10:00 – 11:00 am, Thursday
March 11 – 25 (3 weeks)

Dr. Jekyll is well known as the overreaching scientist who releases his worst impulses through his alter-ego Mr. Hyde. These iconic characters are the best-known examples of scientifically charged gothic literature that emerged in the late 19th century in response to the Victorian period’s revolution in science and technology. In this course, we will examine Robert Louis Stevenson’s original text and the scientific and cultural forces that helped produce it. We will also consider the narrative afterlife of this story and its central character as portrayed in numerous films.

Recommended reading: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Available as a free ebook from Project Guttenberg:

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.


Going West!

Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 pm, Thursday, March 11

California is a behemoth in the wine world. This class will tell you what you need to know about the Golden State from north to south. We’ll discuss their history, grapes and some of the influential leaders of today. Participants of the class will be sent a list of wines to pick up or order from their favorite store before the class.


Home Sweet Home

Chris Rilling

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Tuesday, March 16

How much do you really know about the place where you have spent so much time lately? Take a nostalgic look back through two centuries of the American home and its contents, including toys, appliances, and food. There will be a quiz – just for fun! – so please have pencil and paper ready.

Chris Rilling is both an educator and artist. After receiving a master’s in art education from the University of Toledo, Chris taught art and art history at Owens Community College and Northview High School.


Stars at Starbucks

Sheila Otto

10:30 – noon, Friday, March 26

Starbucks is not just a 20th century success. In 13th century Persia, the poet Rumi recited his poetry in coffee shops, 13th century sage and satirist Nasruddin chided and cheered his friends at the coffee shop.

Come to the magical coffee shop of the 14th century Kashmiri woman poet Lalla. Today she has invited poets, storytellers, troubadours, and preachers from across time to share their stories and wisdom. She has invited Rumi, Hafiz, Jesus, Francis, the Bal Shem Tov, Nasruddin, the Buddha, and you.

Story is at the heart of many wisdom traditions. Sip your coffee as these teachers share their wisdom stories and find so much in common. You will be transported on storyteller Sheila Otto’s magic carpet for an hour and a half of wisdom stories from across the world’s sacred traditions.


White House Inside Out

Sheila Otto

10:30 – noon, Thursday, April 1

Stroll back into that high school history class where presidents were stars and their first ladies were ladies. Maybe you heard that Lincoln lost multiple elections in his early days or that Truman failed at his haberdashery business, but for the most part these were men hailed as heroes in our schoolbooks. Truth be told … there were scoundrels and scholars, crooks and cronies.

Gather round as storyteller Sheila Otto recounts some under-told stories of our heroes in their less glorious moments. It’s history, humor and honesty in looking into the men and women who have occupied the White House. Foibles and failures notwithstanding, we have endured. Even when you hear “the rest of the story” like Paul Harvey used say, it is awesome to hear how humanity and democracy thrive in spite of the foibles of our leaders.


Highlights of the 2020 U.S. Supreme Court Term

Shari O’Brien, Ph. D., J.D.

1:00 -2:50 PM (includes a 10 minute break)
Tuesdays, April 6 – 13 (2 weeks)

“Presidents come and go but the Supreme Court goes on forever” said William Howard Taft, alone among our presidents to have served on the Court (as Chief Justice, in fact). Indeed, the Supreme Court has provided a sense of order and continuity during the disruptiveness of the pandemic. Of its 63 rulings in 2020, we will examine a few of the most interesting and momentous. Topics range from the death penalty to gun control to abortion to transgender employment rights, and more. This fast-paced class will include a brief overview of the anatomy of the federal judiciary that will set the stage for the always fascinating drama of the cases.

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.


From Here to Over There: Army Women of WWII

Speaker from the U.S. Army Women’s Museum

11:00 – noon, Thursday, April 8

Using original documents, photographs, and artifacts, this program will explore the lives
and stories of four women from WWII who answered their nation’s call by joining the Women’s Army Corps, becoming nurses and flying airplanes.

The U.S. Army Women’s Museum provides military history training and instruction to soldiers, veterans and the civilian community. The museum is the custodian and repository of artifacts and archival material pertaining to the service of women across all branches and organizations of the U.S. Army from inception to the present day. The museum collects, preserves, manages, interprets, and exhibits these unique artifacts as a means to provide training and educational outreach.


Women’s Suffrage:  The Final Decade, 1910-1920

Dr. Chelsea Griffis

11:00 – noon , Friday, April 9

In this talk, Dr. Chelsea Griffis discusses the complicated history of the final decade of the struggle to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment that granted American women the right to vote. Women proved their citizenship during this decade through fighting for political change at home and in World War One abroad, and demanded the greatest right of citizenship: the right to vote. This talk traces the difficult path toward the amendment by thinking about the ways that women worked together to secure their rights. At the same time, women fought against each other, as not all women agreed that they should have the right to vote. In this final decade, the distinction of American citizenship was in debate as women from a diversity of races, sexualities, and economic classes sought to turn their ideas about the proper role of American women into a sociopolitical reality.

Dr. Chelsea Griffis is an Associate Lecturer in History at the University of Toledo where she teaches classes on the history of women, ethnicity and immigration, and the LGBTQ community in the United States. Her work on the Equal Rights Amendment has previously been published in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies.


Wander Ohio

Jan Whitaker

10:30 – 11:30 am, Monday
April 12 – 26 (3 weeks)

“The journey not the arrival matters.” wrote T.S. Eliot, probably because so much is learned on the journey. As Jan Whitaker hiked the Buckeye Trail, a trail that traces Ohio’s perimeter, she took time to learn about the distinctive geology, flora and fauna of each place. She also learned the history of unique populations, regional industries, and iconic foods. Join us as we wander through the history of Ohio and the ingredients of its character.

An inveterate traveler, willing to go anywhere anytime, Jan is an Ohio native with a lifelong interest in the history of our state. Last semester Jan spoke about the 1,200 mile Buckeye Trail and shared personal stories of her hike, but participation in the previous class is not necessary to enjoy this one.


Journey to the Roof of the World

Bahu S. Shaikh, M.D.

10:00 – 11:30 am, Wednesday, April 14

The three highest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas, the Karakoram, and the Hindu Kush, all come together in central Asia forming an area known as the roof of the world. These peaks include Mount Everest on one end and K2 (the world’s second highest mountain) on the other, and the world’s longest glaciers in between. These mountains are the source of water to some of the largest rivers in Asia and sustain the food production for billions of people. We will discuss the connections between these dramatic mountains and the people who live there, as well as the effects of climate change which is disrupting the flow of water to their rivers.


Art Throughout the Bible

Kristin Baldeschwiler

Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
April 14 – May 19(6 weeks)

Explore an amazing variety of visual interpretations of biblical stories, figures, and events. From Genesis to the Book of Revelation, this class will survey biblical works produced by artists throughout the ages.  From the most famous to the least known, nearly every passage has been depicted visually at some point in history. Discover the beauty inspired by this singular book!

Kristin Baldeschwiler, a 2003 graduate of Lourdes, received her BA in Art History, works in medical education at St. Vincent Medical Center.


Sacred Spaces

Barbara Mauter

10:00 – 11:00 am, Friday, April 23

Most of us have never stood inside a kiva, sweat lodge or medicine wheel. This is your invitation to cross these thresholds to virtually explore and learn more about sacred Native American structures, some which are over 1,000 years old, and the ceremonies they housed.


An American in China

Erika Fertig

10:00 – noon, Thursday, April 29

Daily life in China is dramatically different as Erika Fertig discovered during the nine years she spent living in a major city of two million people in a northwest province. She will share highlights of the most famous cities but also discuss the cultural differences, from food shopping and transportation to the marked contrast between rural and urban lifestyles. While there, Erika studied the Mandarin language and worked as a missionary, but also learned about Muslim and Tibetan ethnic minorities within China. Join us for a new perspective on China and its culture.


Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Patricia Schnapp, RSM, PhD

10:00 – 11:30 am, Monday
May 3 – 17 (3 weeks)

So you don’t like poetry? Hated it in school? Then it’s high time for an attitude-adjustment! We’re going to read—or hear—or experience poems humorous and serious, narrative and lyrical, classical and contemporary. All accessible. We’ll also review a few “poetic devices,” such as metaphor, and note how they’re found not only in actual poetry but in newspapers and magazines, biographies and histories, novels and, guess what?—in your own ordinary speech! Rhyme—we all love it. Rhythm—we’re all born with it and a one-year-old can prove this. Free verse, verse that has neither rhyme nor rhythm, raises the question of why it’s considered poetry. That should come clear in class. And if all goes well, you won’t fall asleep and may even become closet fans of Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickenson.

Patricia Schnapp, PhD, is a retired professor of English, a poet, and a Sister of Mercy. Currently, she volunteers in prisons as a teacher and chaplain and at a homeless shelter. She continues to write.


The Crusades – the Why, the What, and the How

Paul Mueller

9:30 – 11:30 am, Thursday
May 6 – 27 (4 weeks)

Many people have heard of the Crusades, but what is not widely known is what these wars were meant to accomplish and what the outcomes were. This course will cover the history of the Crusades, how they started, and delve into their original purpose, their execution, and the results. We will talk about who was involved (including a side story that involves Robin Hood) and what the participants intended, which was not always what the popes anticipated!

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 he is continuing his studies in pursuit of his doctorate in theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He is an active member of St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania, Ohio.


In Search of Ancient Egyptian Gemstones

James Harrell, Ph.D.

4:00 – 5:00 pm, Thursday
May 6 – 13 (2 weeks)

One aspect of archaeological geology is the study of ancient stones, including their sources, uses and extraction technologies. For the past 30 years, Professor Harrell’s research on ancient Egyptian stones took him to Egypt and northern Sudan where he discovered several previously unknown archaeological sites, including quarries for ornamental stones, stone fortresses guarding gold and copper mines in the Eastern Desert, and a gemstone mine on a desert island in the Red Sea. In the first week, Professor Harrell will describe some of his work in Egypt, his nomadic Bedouin guides, as well as some of the dangers of working in the desert.

The second week will focus on the gemstones employed in ancient Egypt, including their varieties as well as their uses in jewelry and other decorative arts. Today these amethysts, emeralds, and other precious stones can be traced back to the ancient sites where they were mined.

Professor James Harrell is Emeritus Professor of Archaeological Geology at the University of Toledo.


Aggression Examined: Virtual vs. Real Life Violence

Tom Estrella

11:00 – noon, Friday, May 14

In 2020, the video game Call of Duty had a one-year revenue of two billion dollars. The popular war themed series features machine guns, bombs, hand grenades and land mines. Players try to shoot, decapitate, maim, and disable rival players. Children as young at 10 or 11 years old can be found in the game’s multiplayer arenas anytime of the day or night.

Does playing this game and other violence themed video games contribute to increased real life violent behavior in adolescents and adults? Retired Psychology Professor Thomas Estrella examined the evidence and leads a discussion into this timely and important topic.


Zulfi Bhutto of Pakistan

Bahu S. Shaikh, M.D.

10:00 – 11:30 am, Wednesday, May 19

Few people in modern history, and no one else in the history of Pakistan, ever achieved greater popular power and met such a shameful death as Zulfi Bhutto. Even a decade after his death, his continued popularity brought his daughter, Benazir, to the position he once held: Prime Minister of Pakistan. Based on the biography by Stanley Wolpert, this class will trace the tragic story of this colorful leader of Pakistan.


Lure of the West

Speaker from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

2:00 – 3:00, Tuesday, May 25

Part geography and part mythology, the American West retains a powerful allure in popular culture. Explore depictions of the people, lifestyles, and landscapes of the 19th century West to better understand this dynamic period of history.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation’s first collection of American art, is dedicated to collecting, understanding, and enjoying American art. The Museum celebrates the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections.

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