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The Mafia in Vegas

John Scott

Monday, June 4 – 11

11:00 – 12:30

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 102

The American mafia is behind the modern Las Vegas gaming establishment. The casinos of Las Vegas went from Western themed gambling houses to modern glitzy glamorous casinos, all because of the American mafia. This class will discuss the foundation of modern day Las Vegas, and the rise and fall of the Vegas mafia.

John Scott is a Lourdes University history student who recently taught a Lifelong Learning class on the Kennedys.

Technology and Deception

Dr. Susan Shelangoskie

Tuesday, June 5

11:00 – noon

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 102

Technology is in the news, and the news is not good: people worry that public perception can be altered by misinformation spread through social media, and even the U.S. Congress is considering regulating technology to make it safer. But this problem, and even this legislative response, is not new. In this talk, Dr. Shelangoskie looks back at the history of deception with proto-digital technologies like the telegraph and photography. Since the earliest days of these media, there has been a cycle of creative crimes and responsive regulations, resulting in entertaining stories! After reviewing examples, we will discuss solutions of the past and apply what we’ve learned to today’s issues.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.

Introduction to Beading

Anita Tristan

Tuesday, June 12

11:00 – 12:30 pm

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 102

Come learn the fundamentals of basic beading! In this class, you will work with summer charms and colorful Czech glass beads to create your own unique bracelet and matching earrings. All materials will be provided, so just bring your creativity! An example of the earrings and bracelet are shown here.


Beads Lifelong Learning

After several years of working under consignment at the Toledo Museum of Art, Anita Tristan and her twin sister founded Bonita Bead Boutique. They sell custom-made jewelry as well as share their love of beading with others through teaching.

Abraham Lincoln: Wartime President

Dr. Dwayne Beggs

Tuesdays, June 12 – July 10 (no class 7/3; meets 4 times)

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 102

After the election of Abraham Lincoln seven states seceded from the Union.  The central issue, according to the states who pulled out of the Union, was “Slavery” (and concern that President Lincoln would bring “Slavery” to an end).  Once in office President Lincoln would take action that led to the secession of four additional states (the call for volunteers after Ft. Sumter was fired on).  One of the central tasks for President Lincoln after taking office was to bring the Union back together, which would be accomplished through a bloody Civil War.  Please join us was we examine “Abraham Lincoln the Wartime President.”  During the class the following topics will be addressed:  “Abraham Lincoln and Secession,” “Abraham Lincoln as Commander and Chief During War”, “Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation” and “Abraham Lincoln and Reconstruction.”

Dr. Dwayne Beggs is a professor of History at Lourdes University and has taught several popular classes on many military conflicts for Lifelong Learning. Dr. Beggs earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in U.S. Policy History from BGSU. He also holds an M. Div. and served as a Youth Pastor / Associate Pastor for 22 years.


Laura Megeath

Thursday, June 14

11:00 – noon

Room Location: Appold Planetarium

Travel back in time to visit massive volcanic eruptions that have marshaled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. Ancient eruptions have triggered drastic geographic changes as well as mass extinctions. Beyond Earth, explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Fly down to Neptune’s frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter’s moon Io. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, we’ll seek clues to the inevitable question: can a supervolcano erupt in our time? After the show in the Appold Planetarium, continue the conversation over lunch at the Lourdes Café (cost of lunch not included).

Laura Megeath is the Coordinator of both Lifelong Learning and the Appold Planetarium.

Dishing About Cooking Shows

Mary Bilyeu

Thursday, June 21

11:00 – noon

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 201

Cooking shows used to teach us kitchen techniques, as they did when Julia Child  prepared omelets and Duck à l’Orange on The French Chef. Now, these episodes can be anything from instructional opportunities to frenzied games, fascinating travelogues or pure escapist entertainment. The shows can be fun, frustrating, and even food for thought.

Join Mary Bilyeu, The Blade’s Food Editor, for a discussion of her favorite fare: PBS’ The Great British Baking Show, the Food Network’s Chopped, Netflix’s Ugly Delicious, and BuzzFeed’s Worth It. We’ll watch clips and then chat about what we like, what we don’t like, and how hungry we’re getting as we assess the shows. (There’s a reason this class was scheduled right before lunch.)

Don’t delay: Register now, or else you’ll be chopped!

Mary Bilyeu, who is completely obsessed with scrummy bakes (and avoiding soggy bottoms!), has been Food Editor at The Blade since 2014. She writes recipe features, columns, and updates about food news; showcases frugal finds in Cheap Eats videos; and introduces some of the Toledo area’s most interesting food professionals – from chefs and bakers to farmers and kombucha brewers – in The Full Course interview episodes.

Take a Closer Look: Soulsnorkeling Contemplative Photography

Sheila Otto

Friday, June 22 – 29 (2 weeks)

12:30 – 4:00 pm

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 102

The Lourdes campus is the perfect setting in which to learn how to make, instead of just take, photos. Natural beauty, extraordinary architecture and an atmosphere of reverence combine to maximize the contemplative approach.

“Soulsnorkeling” is about looking more deeply into your experience. This class will focus on learning to see more mindfully. We will combine classroom introduction to the concept and practice with time to view and discuss the photos we have made.

This is not a high tech class about using your camera. This is one way to approach seeing differently. You can use the most complex SLR or the simplest of phone cameras. The class will take place rain or shine because there is much to photograph inside as well as outside. The class begins June 22 with a week to practice the contemplative approach and concludes on June 29.

Sheila Otto knows the campus well from having spent 10 years as the college’s first public relations director. She is a spiritual director and storyteller and the author of a book of stories, All Stories Are True…Some Actually Happened, Soulsnorkeling: stories and art for looking below the surface.

Rx for Laughter

Barbara Mauter

Wednesday, June 27

10:00 – 11:30 am

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 102

Studies have shown that laughter can actually improve your health! Evidence shows that laughter establishes – or restores – a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between people. While some researchers believe the major function of laughter is to bring people together, so join us as we take a look at the “lighter side of life” and laugh away many of our cares. Are you ready to have some FUN and laugh?  We will take both a cachinnatory (laughing loudly) and a serious look at this prescription for health.

Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with over 20 years college experience. She has taught and presented various workshops for the University of Toledo, BGSU, Monroe County Community College and Owens State Community College. She is also a Master Online Instructor. Barbara has recently completed ALC (Active Learning Classroom) Training, and is looking forward to incorporating new ideas into her workshops. Her interests center around thinking, reading and how our minds work. She is known for her critical thinking class activities. A participant in one of her “Thinking Outside the Box” courses had this to say: “The “memory” [course] was very good– but this is “great”!”

How Healthy is Your Family Tree

Kathryn R. Lee

Thursday, June 28

10:00 – 11:30 am

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 102

Some diseases and disorders really do “run in families”. Using family stories, letters, medical records, obituaries and death certificates, we can locate the ailments in our family history. It’s not only fun and interesting, but this information can let us take full advantage of the many resources now available. DNA analysis and genetic counseling are enhanced by family history information. Let’s be better prepared for healthier lives for ourselves and our families.

Kathryn R. Lee, RN BSN Nurse Educator, has worked as a registered nurse for over 50 years in a variety of clinical and educational settings. She has been a family history researcher for three decades.

Effects of Vatican II on the Catholic Church

Paul Mueller

Tuesday, July 10 – 24 (3 weeks)

10:00 – noon

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 102

The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) changed the Catholic Church deeply in many ways. We will examine the council and the changes it brought about which are still felt today. For example, the council decided that Catholic Mass no longer needed to be exclusively in Latin and that lay people could be more involved in the operations of the Church. We will look at several of the documents decreed by the Council Fathers and consider how they have been put into action. These changes continue to confuse some and confound others. Discussion will be encouraged as we examine how Catholics today continue to feel the impact of Vatican II.

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.

Listening to the Movies, the sequel

Dr. Christopher Williams

Thursday, July 12 – 19

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Room Location: Canticle Center 148

Musicologist Christopher Williams presents an in-depth exploration of four movies, each of which involves a different approach to the use of music in film. Learn how movie music connects the drama to our emotions in these archetypes: Rebecca (1940; Alfred Hitchcock, director; Franz Waxman, music); Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) (1964; Jacques Demy, director; Michel Legrand, music); The Graduate (1967; Mike Nichols, director; Paul Simon and Dave Grusin, music); and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014; Wes Anderson, director; Alexandre Desplat, music). Students are encouraged, but not required, to seek out and watch these films before the course begins. This class is a sequel to the popular class on film music offered last summer, but please join us even if you did not take the previous class.

Dr. Christopher Williams holds a PhD 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.

Thinking Outside the Box: # 10 [X-rated!?]

Barbara Mauter

Wednesday, July 18

10:00-11:30 AM

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 102

The “Thinking Outside the Box” challenge continues with our tenth class! The Roman numeral for 10 is “X” hence, an “X-rated” workshop? No, not so! Think again! An “X” may represent a kiss, or the name of a person that is not known. Join the TOB fun! This course will present more metacognitive activities (“thinking about thinking”). You will be challenged to explore lateral thinking, and take part in interactive “thinking” activities. This workshop will include a Top 10 of 10 plus, challenging and thought-provoking puzzles to stimulate your thinking. Note: Attendance in previous “Thinking Outside the Box” workshops is not required.

History of Hungarians in Toledo

Peter Ujvagi

Wednesday, July 18 – 25

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 102

Hungarian immigrants, like many others, came to America thinking the roads were paved with gold. They found out the roads were not paved with gold—actually the roads weren’t paved at all, and THEY would have to pave them! Since the first Hungarians arrived in Toledo in 1892, they created the Birmingham Ethnic Neighborhood and preserved their heritage through the architecture of their homes and churches, celebration of festivals and unique foods. Come learn about the colorful history, culture, and language of the Magyars.

Peter Ujvagi was born in Budapest, Hungary and immigrated to Toledo when he was 7. He has maintained strong ties with the Hungarian community through work with the Hungarian-American Coalition, the Hungarian Club of Greater Toledo, and the Birmingham Cultural Center. Peter served as a Representative in Ohio State House (2003-2010) and is currently a member of the Toledo City Council.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Gail Conrad

Thursday, July 19

10:30 – 11:30 am

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 102

“A woman is like a tea bag—you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt was a very strong woman indeed, as well as a political figure, diplomat and activist. Come hear a first-person account of the First Lady who regularly made public appearances on behalf of her husband, but also created a public life of her own. Though Eleanor’s outspokenness was controversial at the time, she held regular press conferences, wrote a daily newspaper column, and hosted a weekly radio show. Even after Franklin’s death, Eleanor continued her work, she was among the first US delegates to the United Nations and overseeing the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Gail Conrad will portray Eleanor Roosevelt as part of the National Women’s History Project and a member of the Toledo branch of the American Association of University Women.

American Indian Art

Jamie Oxendine

Wednesdays, Sept. 5 – Oct. 10 (6 weeks)

10:00 – 11:30 pm

Explore the artistry of Native American peoples. Jamie Oxendine’s new book focuses on the art of Southeastern Woodland cultures, but this class will examine the arts and crafts of tribes from across the continent.

Of Lumbee/Creek ancestry, Jamie is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. He is a professional educator, musician, writer, storyteller and civil rights activist. Jamie is also director of the Black Swamp InterTribal Foundation.

The Impressionists

Chris Rilling

Wednesday, Sept. 5

1:00 – 3:00 pm

These rebels began the original anti-establishment movement 100 years before the hippies of the 1960’s.

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.

Get Bold, Not Just Old: Steps to Success

Laura M. Blackwell

Saturday, Sept. 8

9:00 – 11:00 am

You CAN feel good about growing older! Whether you want to be prepared for the future, have noticed your own decline, or are caring for Mom as she ages, you can learn from a local expert in senior care management. Bring your top five worries from these categories: health and happiness, job and money, family and friends, rest and recreation. Together, we will choose your top priority and discover how addressing it will help solve your other concerns, too. We will work through eight critical steps for effective problem solving. You will learn where to find people, places and things to help you fix your problems. Plus, you will leave armed with a “ready-to-use” action plan for your top aging worry.

Laura M. Blackwell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ohio and Michigan. She received her Master degree from Case Western Reserve University with a concentration in the treatment of families. Laura has counseled in community agencies and medical clinics for more than 20 years. She works with individuals, families and groups to help them find the resources they need to make their daily life easier.

Poetry and Prayer

Patricia Schnapp

Mondays, Sept. 10 – Oct. 8 (5 weeks)

1:00 – 3:00 pm

What do poetry and prayer have in common?  (And you can’t find the answer on the Internet!)  In this class, we will explore the religious sentiments in selected verse from the last two centuries by both American and British poets.  We’ll examine the ideas, poetic elements, and surprises in each.  Poets covered—even briefly—will include G. M. Hopkins (fasten your seat belts!), Francis Thompson, H. W. Longfellow, Robert Browning, e e cummings, Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman, Daniel Berrigan, and Mary Oliver.  Participants who write poetry will be invited to come out of the closet and share it.  But there will be no coercion!

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.

New York Wines!

Nicholas Kubiak

Tuesday, Sept. 11

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Delve into the history and charm of New York State’s rich wine history and landscape. New York’s wine history is as old as the late 1600s when some of its earliest settlers planted grapes in several areas of the state. The first bonded winery ever licensed in the United States was in New York and it is also home to the oldest operating winery in the country today! Come enjoy a spirited class where you’ll taste six great wines and learn what makes New York State a great place for wine!

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 Bridge, Play Better Bridge!

Ben Beazley

Saturday, Sept. 15 – Oct. 20 (6 weeks)

10:00 – noon

These classes are designed to improve your bridge game using the latest bidding and strategic conventions. Join us whether you’re already playing or wish to learn this wonderful game. Each class will offer pre-dealt hands with discussion and play. If you have a regular partner these classes will prove useful in improving your game together. 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.

Experiencing Meditation through Eastern Religions

Mary Beth Wielgopolski

Mondays, Sept. 17 – Oct.  1 (3 weeks)

10:00 – 11:00 am

Delve into the doctrines of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Taoism. The first two weeks will help you unravel the mysteries of karma, reincarnation, and the use of meditation to reach salvation. The third week we will spend the entire class in a guided meditation opening up the world of the true “Self.”

Mary Beth Wielgopolski is a Theology Instructor and the Director of the Israel Study Abroad Program at Lourdes University

Introduction to Zentangle Art

Harley King

Class 1: 9:00 – Noon, Tuesday, Sept. 18

Class 2: 9:00 – Noon, Friday, Oct. 26

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. By focusing on the process more than the outcome, anyone can learn to create beautiful abstract art in a short period of time. This approach also emphasizes mindfulness and intuition; there are no mistakes! Come learn the history, philosophy, and principles of the Zentangle method, four basic patterns, and create your own Zentangle artwork in class. Materials will be provided and are yours to keep. Classes 1 and 2 will cover identical material so there is no need to register for both. Either class can serve as the prerequisite for the next class “Mandala – Zentangle Style” (page 11).

Harley King is a Certified Zentangle Teacher and has been teaching since 2017. His Zentangle journey began in 2012 when he purchased a Zentangle kit to celebrate his 63rd birthday. Since then, he has created over 350 Zentangle works of art.

Constitutional Law: Freedom of Speech

Dr. Shari O’Brien

Wednesdays, Sept. 19 – Oct. 10 (4 weeks)

1:30 – 3:45 pm

The first amendment of the Constitution protects five sacred freedoms, the most important of which is arguably freedom of speech. It has been termed the bulwark of liberty. In the simplest of language, the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law…abridging freedom of speech.”

In this course, we will briefly explore the history of freedom of speech, trace its evolution, and examine many kinds of speech—commercial, political (symbolic and otherwise), pornographic, electronic, whistleblower, student-articulated—and the protection accorded each. We’ll make time for discussion and group activities. During the last session, we will also review a few of the most interesting Supreme Court cases from the last term.

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.

Philadelphia Mafia

John Scott

Thursdays, Sept. 20 – Oct. 11 (4 weeks)

11:00 – 12:30 pm

The Philadelphia mafia was one of the most violent, yet powerful crime families in the past fifty years. The power of the crime family reached into unions, and even helped elect the Mayor of Atlantic City. Murder, mayhem and greed would lead to the Philadelphia mafia being reduced to a street gang. This four week course will chronicle the rise and fall of the Philadelphia mafia from 1959 to the present day.

John Scott is a Lourdes University history student who recently completed a research project on the Kennedys under the direction of Dr. Dwayne Beggs.

John Brown’s Raid

Dr. Dwayne Beggs

Thursdays, Sept. 20 – Oct. 11 (4 weeks)

4:00 – 5:00 pm

John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry took place from October 16 through October 18, 1859.  Herman Melville would state that John Brown was the meteor of the Civil War.  Why did John Brown lead the ill-fated attack on Harpers Ferry?  What was he hoping to accomplish?  Was he successful?  Join us for four weeks as we talk about John Brown, his attack on Harpers Ferry and the impact of his actions on the coming of the American Civil War.

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.

Big Band Jazz: A History

Dr. Christopher Williams

Mondays, Sept. 24 – Oct. 8 (3 weeks)

3:30 – 5:00 pm

This class offers an overview of the rise and fall of the Big Band over the course of the twentieth century. An outgrowth of the emergence of jazz as a popular phenomenon in the 1920s, the “big band” (a group of ten or more musicians playing jazz together in tight coordination) came to be the dominant medium for popular music in the 1930s and 1940s, before fading from prominence and becoming a niche of “art jazz” from the 1950s to the present. The three class meetings will cover the beginnings of the style in the 1920s and early 1930s (Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Paul Whiteman, and the young Duke Ellington and Count Basie); the “Swing Era” of the late 30s and 1940s (Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, the Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington); and the emergence of the big band as a venue for “art jazz” (Duke Ellington’s jazz suites, Stan Kenton, Miles Davis/Gil Evans, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin).

Dr. Christopher Williams holds a PhD 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.

Mitten Wines!

Nicholas Kubiak

Tuesday, Sept. 25

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Winemaking was first recorded in Michigan in 1679 when valiant French explorers made wine from grapes growing wild along the beautiful Riviére du Détroit. Today Michigan has over 101 commercial wineries in 5 recognized American Viticultural Areas! Join us as we sample six wines and discuss how Michigan has moved from wild grapes to fine wines.

Food is not provided, but students are welcomed to bring their own.

The Potato Famine – A Terrible Blessing for the Irish

Terence O’Leary

Friday Sept. 28

10:30 – 11:30 am

If you are one of the over 34 million Irish-Americans, come hear the stories of your ancestors. Ireland awoke to the beginning of the Great Hunger in 1845. Experience the heartbreaking stories of the Irish during the five long years of the Potato Famine. It was a time of great injustice when over one million Irish died. But it was also a terrible blessing for over one million Irish who fled to America and survived.

Terence O’Leary, an Irish-American author, was born in Chicago, Illinois, but has spent his teenage and adult life in Northwest Ohio. A Christmastime dinner conversation about his ancestors led author Mr. O’Leary on a four year journey to write historical novels Irish Crossings: Caitlin & Paddy’s Story and Irish Crossings: Danny’s Story. Mr. O’Leary’s five critically acclaimed, realistic coming-of-age novels focus on teenagers facing a family crisis.

Energy In and Energy Out

Dr. Andy Jorgensen

Tuesdays, October 2 – 9 (2 weeks)

1:00 – 2:20 pm

Where and how do we get energy, and how do we use this important commodity? Humans have worked to move energy around for as long as we have been in existence. Today we transform the stored energy of fossil fuels to heat our homes and drive our vehicles. We convert the energy of sunlight to electricity which lights our homes and powers our air conditioners – and even some cars. This class will look at present and historical information regarding energy into our society and energy out as it is being used. It will also provide context for understanding changes in the coal and nuclear industries – such as the planned closure of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant – as well as renewable energy sources.

Dr. Andy Jorgensen is Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at UT and a Senior Fellow, National Council for Science and the Environment. Dr. Jorgensen has studied the science of climate change and how best to present the facts about the problem to a wide range of audiences.

American Reconstruction

Loryn Clauson-Hodge

Saturdays, Oct. 6 – 27 (4 weeks)

10:00 – noon

The Civil War is one of the most studied periods in American History, but after the war ended, different battles began. The Reconstruction Era was a time of turmoil, but also of progress as the North and the South worked to reunify. Come learn about the different phases of Reconstruction. How did Abraham Lincoln’s plan to unite the two sides differ from Andrew Johnson’s and Congress’? How did the South react once they laid their weapons down? What new challenges did African Americans face during this new era and what did the government do to help them overcome these challenges? What made Reconstruction possible, why did it end, and how successful was it? This class will cover Reconstruction as a whole while focusing in on specific events that defined the era and changed the nation.

Loryn Clauson-Hodge received her Masters in History from Kansas State University. Her thesis focused on Reconstruction Era Alabama and is entitled “A Missed Opportunity: United States v Hall and the Battle Over the Fourteenth Amendment.” She enjoys teaching at Lourdes University and plans to pursue her Ph.D. in history. She is married to Adam Hodge an Associate Professor of History at Lourdes University.

Barbara Stanwyck: A Study of the Icon

Eric Browning

Saturdays, October 6 – 20 (3 weeks)

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Barbara Stanwyck was an undisputed queen on the silver screen. Throughout her career, she mastered roles in many genres proving that she was truly capable of playing any character. This course will take a look at her work in three distinct genres: film noir, the melodrama, and the romantic comedy. In looking at these three films, we will examine Stanwyck’s impact on classical Hollywood. Join us for Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity (1944), Stella Dallas (1937), and The Lady Eve (1941).

Eric Browning is a doctoral candidate in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University.

Spanish Conversation

Raquel Bravo

Mondays & Wednesdays, Oct. 10 – Nov. 14 (meets twice per week)

10:00 – 11:30 am

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). Please contact the Lifelong Learning office for information regarding the required textbook.

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!

Sensational Sylvania Sampling Session

Mary Bilyeu

Thursday, Oct. 11

11:00 – noon

You love to watch cooking shows, from Chopped to Pati’s Mexican Table to The Great British Baking Show, and many more. But sometimes they use ingredients you’re unfamiliar with. So join Mary Bilyeu, The Blade’s food editor, for a chance to sample some taste treats that you may have seen and heard of, but not yet tried, i.e.: mascarpone, cajeta, truffle oil, rose water, gochujang, pomegranate molasses, cardamom, fennel, passion fruit, frangipane. (Samples may vary.)

Come to class with an adventurous spirit. After all, you don’t know if you like a food ’til you try it!

Mary Bilyeu has been Food Editor at The Blade since 2014. She writes recipe features, columns, and updates about food news; showcases frugal finds in Cheap Eats videos; and introduces some of the Toledo area’s most interesting food professionals – from chefs and bakers to farmers and kombucha brewers – in The Full Course interview shows on NewsSlide.

Discovering the Feminine Divine

Ruthi Mitchell

Thursday, October 11

1:30 – 3:00 pm

For thousands of years, humans have imagined God almost exclusively in masculine terms, using male metaphors such as “Father” to the point where “He” has become God’s identity on earth for much of its population. The truth is that God’s being is truly incomprehensible to us. Many theologians assure us that it is entirely appropriate to image God in feminine as well as masculine terms. In fact, the Bible gives us many feminine images of God in both the Old and New Testaments. This class will explore some of those feminine images with the hope of broadening our understanding of our incomprehensible God.

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.

Forgetting: Why Can’t I Remember?

Barbara Mauter

Friday, Oct. 12

10:00 – noon

Remember to sign up for this informative workshop exploring the reasons why we sometimes forget. We will explore the workings behind memory, and how we learn or remember information. In the 1880’s, Hermann Ebbinghaus was a pioneer in the study of memory. Learn more about what he discovered as well as current research on memory. Leave with suggestions, tricks, techniques, and methods to improve your memory.

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.

School Safety in Sylvania: A Comprehensive Approach

Sgt. Justin Music  

Monday, Oct. 15

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Parkland made headlines, but school safety is in the news almost daily. As new school safety challenges arise, solutions and preventative measures evolve to increase safety in the schools. The Sylvania community has worked tirelessly to find and implement the current best practices to keep our children and staff safe. We will discuss the lessons learned and take a look at the many ways we are working to empower both children and adults while improving their safety in the schools.

Sergeant Justin Music is head of community affairs in the City of Sylvania Police Division. He is also a parent of children enrolled in Sylvania schools.

Just what do artists DO?

Chris Rilling

Wednesday, Oct. 17

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Can you make a living doing art? We will explore some of the surprisingly countless ways artists influence the everyday life of all of us.

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! the [Supreme] Court is Now Sitting

Dale Lanigan

Thursday, Oct. 18 – Nov. 8 (4 weeks)

2:00 – 3:15 pm

“Presidents come and go but the Supreme Court goes on forever” according to President William Howard Taft, who was also a justice on the Supreme Court. This course will examine what has been perhaps the most important, but least understood, institution in the American political process –  the United States Supreme Court. We will explore the great impact that the Court has had, and continues to have, on the development of American society while studying its history, its role, and its operation. Key High Court decisions will be noted and significant historical individual justices and their opinions will be highlighted.

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

Haiku Workshop

Father John Blaser

Tuesday, Oct. 23

10:00 – noon

This workshop will introduce participants to the practice of Haiku poetry which is both simple and profound. Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry reflecting on ordinary human experiences with a simple format of 17 syllables of three lines of 5-7-5 syllables. Although this format is simple to employ, it asks for a person’s attention to reflect deeply and profoundly.

Father John Blaser, a retired priest of the Toledo Diocese, has recently published a collection of his 30 years of Haiku Reflections and will offer practical suggestions to employ the traditional format of 5-7-5 together with an introduction to Haiku as a reflective and contemplative tool for spiritual growth and insight.

Introduction to Improv Comedy

Nick Morgan & Diana DePasquale

Saturday, Oct. 27

9:00 – noon

Improv, or the act of creating laughter with others, is more than simply getting some laughs. It offers a new approach to interacting with other people. Come try interactive games and activities that teach the art of improv in a relaxed setting. Don’t worry that you’re not funny enough, “the funny is going to happen!” If laughter really is the best medicine, then improvisational comedy can be a happy cure.

Nick, Diana and Erin Kanary are the co-founders of Glass City Improv, which offers a full range of improv classes and produces ‘The Monthly’ improv show at the Valentine Theatre every final Friday of the month. A Toledo native, Nick began his comedy career in Chicago, training at the Second City and the iO Theater. Diana is an instructor in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies at BGSU and as well as a doctoral candidate in BGSU’s American Culture Studies program.  She began her improv career in New York, performing on many of the city’s famed stages.

Gambling in the Glass City

Kenneth R. Dickson

Mondays, Oct. 29 – Nov. 12 (3 weeks)

10:00 – 11:30 am

When Prohibition ended, gangs that had earned their money from liquor found a new form of income. Gambling gave the illusion that prosperity was only pennies away and was available to everyone. It gave everyone a chance at the brass ring while providing employment. Negotiated fines and court costs helped to keep cities like Toledo from bankruptcy and the gamblers could always be counted on to support the soup kitchens and charities. Learn about the transition from illegal gambling clubs to our state sponsored lotteries and casinos.

Come along with noted author Kenneth R. Dickson and explore the shady side of Toledo from Toledo’s Tenderloin to the suburbs. It will be an exciting ride!

The Magic of Mozart

Dr. Christopher Williams

Mondays, Oct. 29 – Nov. 12 (3 weeks)

3:30 – 5:00 pm

The music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has held a continuously special place in the hearts and minds of music aficionados ever since his own tragically brief life. First, learn about his early years, guided first by his father, who combined the best musical instruction with the worst characteristics of a pushy stage parent, then by his industrious study of the masters. These experiences lead him to early success composing symphonies. Next, learn about Mozart’s great contributions to opera (including Don Giovanni) and the piano concerto, which he imbued with a spirit of drama and personality never before encountered. The final class will focus on Mozart’s last year which included his last chamber works, two operas, and his unfinished Requiem, but ended abruptly in sickness and death. Did he have forebodings of his own demise, or was he on the brink of new fame and success?

Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community

Margaret Bretzloff

Thursdays, Nov. 1 – Dec. 13 (no class Nov. 22; 6 weeks)

10:00 – 11:30 am

Explore the experiences, challenges, and achievements of women from a contemporary point of view in this book discussion based on readings from Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community, a book published by the Great Books Foundation. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short stories, memoirs, and journalistic works are all included. Together, these selections and their accompanying discussion questions allow readers to explore how gender informs every aspect of a woman’s life—identity, family, relationships, work, and politics.

The required textbook, Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community, is available for purchase at the Lourdes University Bookstore for ~$25.

Margaret Bretzloff has always considered herself a lifelong learner. She has a BSc. Sociology, a J.D. and most recently a Masters in Theology from Lourdes. She has led many small groups over the past 20 years.

Mandala — Zentangle Style

Harley King

Friday, Nov. 2

9:00 – noon

Create a mandala using Zentangle artistic techniques! Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle. Circular designs can suggest spiritual, psychological and personal meanings. Examples of mandalas can be found in the art of most ancient cultures and religions. Learn to draw a circular Zentangle design and develop your creativity! All materials will be provided and are yours to keep.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Zentangle Art.

All Stories are True…

Sheila Otto 

Fridays, Nov. 2 – 9 (2 weeks)

1:00 – 3:00 pm

You tell a story and then someone puts it down with, “Aw, that’s just a story.” The response could be, “All stories are true, some actually happened.”

Sheila Otto authored a book of short wisdom stories with that title. Her stories were inspired by the multi-cultural stories of Anthony DeMello in his One Minute Wisdom books. Come discover ways to find the truth hidden in the stories with author, storyteller, spiritual director Sheila Otto. Sheila calls the process “soul snorkeling”, looking below the surface. Laugh at the story and laugh at yourself; ponder the story and ponder what it is telling you; hear the question in the story, question yourself.

Try your hand at writing or telling such a story from your own experience. Honor the wise person you are; be a truth finder, a soul snorkeler.


Nicholas Kubiak

Tuesday, Nov. 6

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Few regions of the world are as well-known as Bordeaux. The mystique and lore of this region is second to none. In this class we will taste six wines as we move around the region and travel down the river. You will learn the differences in crus, grapes, and the people who have forged this amazing place. This class is perfect for beginners and advanced alike to learn or refresh their knowledge of this most prestigious region.

Six select wines will be sampled in class. Food is not provided, but students are welcomed to bring their own.

Van Gogh, Picasso and Dali

Chris Rilling

Wednesday, Nov. 7

1:00 – 3:00 pm

We will examine the lives of three legendary artists who completely altered 20th century art.

Local Women of History

Sheila Painter

Thursday, Nov. 8

10:00 – 11:00 am

See history come alive as five women of the 1800s share their stories. In period costume and accessories, these characters will bring you back in time. Annie Oakley, first American female superstar, Lucy Stone and Pauline Steinem all have connections to Ohio. Elizabeth Custer represents Michigan, and she will be joined by other fascinating female pioneers of local history.

Storyteller Sheila Painter has been entertaining audiences for nearly 15 years.  Her first-person stories help keep the gentle art of storytelling alive, while educating and wowing audiences as a speaker.  Sheila has previously performed for Lifelong Learning as part of the Armchair Theatre branch of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre; now you can see her one woman show!

Exploring Poetry by Native Americans

Barbara Mauter

Friday, Nov. 9

10:00 – noon

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, attend a Native American Poetry class. We will take a look at the “voice” of Native poets. Their traditions were initially passed down and shared through their oral (spoken) language. Several poems will be shown in a Native tongue, and in English translation. The interconnectedness and grounding of Native writing will be explored and contrasted with European writing.

Great Cathedrals

Kristin Baldeschwiler

Saturday, November 10 – 17 (2 weeks)

10:00 – 3:00 pm

Cathedrals represent some of our most magnificent architecture, the combined work of sophisticated craftsmen intertwined with history. This course will explore great cathedrals all around the world, from the famous facades of Chartres and Notre Dame de Paris to the southernmost cathedral on the planet.  Can you guess where it might be?  If you want to find out, join us for a survey of some of the biggest, most impressive architecture on the planet.

Class will pause for a  one hour lunch break. Lunch at the Lourdes Café is included in the cost of the class.

Kristin Baldeschwiler, a 2003 graduate of Lourdes, received her BA in Art History, works in medical education, and currently serves as the Historian for the Toledo Federation of Arts Societies.


Bud Fisher

Wednesday, Nov. 14

9:00 – 11:00 am

How sad is Detroit today! When Bud Fisher’s family came to Detroit in a covered wagon in the 1840s, it was just a little town of 10,000. It was destined to grow into a booming industrial town of more than 1.5 million people, and then decline to less than 700,000.

It was once the fourth largest city in America. It was once the automobile capital of the world. It was once the arsenal of democracy and it was once a wonderful place for young people like Bud to grow up. It was where people came to live the American Dream. It was that kind of city. Bud lived in the Detroit area from 1931 until 1969. Come hear what it was like in the Motor City during those early years, when the American automobile was king, and how and why it all changed.

Andrew “Bud” Fisher grew up in Detroit, then served in the US Army during the Korean War, after which he earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from UT. He then settled in Sylvania and ran a wholesale heating and air conditioning company before retiring. He has been collecting stories for the University of Toledo / Library of Congress Veterans History Project since 2002, during which time he has interviewed more than 800 veterans.

Perfect Holiday Wines

Nicholas Kubiak

Tuesday, Nov. 20

6:30 – 8:30 pm

With the holidays right around the corner, don’t be left in the cold about which wines to serve at your festive gatherings. In this class we’ll take a soup to nuts approach to selecting, presenting and serving the perfect wines this season.

We will taste six festive wines during class. Students are welcomed to bring their own food for pairings, as food will not be provided.

Bad Astronomy

Laura Megeath

Wednesday, Dec. 5

11:00 – noon

Was the Apollo moon landing actually a hoax? Have aliens landed on Earth? Can you tell your future by the stars? What does your astrological sign really mean? We will take a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims. After the show in the Appold Planetarium, continue the conversation over lunch at the Lourdes Café (cost of lunch not included).

Laura Megeath is the Coordinator of both Lifelong Learning and the Appold Planetarium.

The Nativity

Chris Rilling

Wednesday, Dec. 12

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Take a historical look at the Christmas Story through the eyes of artists.

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