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.

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Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Instructor: Dr. Adam Hodge

Fridays, Feb. 8, 15, & 22 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost: $22 for members; $34 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

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).

Crocheting: Starting Stitches

Instructor: Mary Jo Blohm

Tuesdays, February 5, 12 & 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Fireside Room, St. Agnes Hall

Cost: $42 for members; $54 for non-members

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 is 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.

English Artists of the 18th & 19th Centuries

Instructor: Chris Rilling

Wednesday, February 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost: $20 for members; $32 for non-members

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 206

After the Royal Academy was founded in London, a great flowering of English landscape paintings developed 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 The University of Toledo, Chris taught art and art history at Owens Community College and Northview High School.

Great Decisions – 2019

Instructor: Hugh Grefe

Wednesdays, Feb. 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20 & 27; April 3 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Cost: $83 for members; $94 for non-members

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 203

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 online and at the Lourdes bookstore for $32.

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

Instructors: Bill Clark and Lynn Doty

Wednesdays, February 20 & 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $22 for members; $34 for non-members

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 205

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.

Stories from Behind Bars

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Schnapp

Fridays, March 1 & 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $29 for members; $41 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

Just what are they like? Felons serving time in prison for murder, drug-dealing, domestic violence, and armed robbery are actually just like us! Over 30 years of volunteer teaching at a nearby state prison has given Sr. Pat insight and provided some interesting anecdotes. The men behind bars are eager to learn and to share their opinions, and sometimes share their own stories. Learn what’s myth and what’s true about prison from someone who chooses to visit our incarcerated brothers, then draw your own conclusions!

Patricia Schnapp, Ph.D., 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.

Spanish Conversation

Instructor: Raquel Bravo

Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Session 1: March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27; April 1 & 3

Session 2: April 22, 24, 29; May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 & 22

Cost per session: $58 for members; $70 for non-members

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 202

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!

Witch Trials in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Sexton

Mondays and Wednesdays, March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $58 for members; $70 for non-members

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 206

The term witch has changed over time, encompassing various qualities in different countries and time periods. In this course we will examine the trials of people who were accused of being witches throughout Europe. We will explore how the definition changed, how the trials grew in number, and how the punishments for this crime intensified.

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

How to Listen to Music 2

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Williams

Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1 & 8 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Cost: $64 for members; $76 for non-members

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 203

There is no one correct way to listen to music, but we can all do a better job of doing so. The present class seeks to provide students with the tools they need to understand how musical works hold together, understand their place in culture, and be able to apply these skills to other pieces of music they will encounter. All these concepts will be delivered with the instructor’s patented humor and rich contextual background.

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.

American Artists of the 18th & 19th Centuries

Instructor: Chris Rilling

Tuesday, March 5 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost: $20 for members; $32 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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

Instructor: Nicholas Kubiak

Tuesday, March 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 for members; $37 for non-members

Room Location: Franciscan Center board room

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 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.

Probability, Odds, and Casinos

Instructor: Dr. George Kertz

Thursdays, March 7 & 14 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Cost: $22 for members; $34 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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.

Play Better Bridge

Instructor: Ben Beazley

Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30 & April 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $87 for members; $99 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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 The University of Toledo faculty groups as well as courses at Belmont Country Club and the Ottawa Hills Village Life Program.

Glass Beads

Instructor: Robin Schultes

Session 1: Sundays, March 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7 & 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Session 2: Mondays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13 & 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost per session: $165

Room Location: Canticle Center 164

Learn to create one of a kind glass beads by lampworking, a type of glasswork in which a torch or lamp is primarily used to melt glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. Create your own unique beads to use in jewelry or other decorations. Registration required 2 weeks before the start of class.


Instructor: Patrick DuBreuil

Sundays, March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 & 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $110

Room Location: Canticle Center 165

Let your creativity flow in this introductory printmaking class! All you need is a creative spark and we will help with the rest. This printmaking class is an introduction to the Relief printing process, commonly referred to as linoleum printing or Lino-cut. Although some drawing experience is helpful, it is not required. Once you choose a favorite image we will patiently show you how to turn it into a work of art that you’ll be proud to share with your family and friends. Warning: come prepared to get dirty! Registration required 1 week before the start of class.

Global Climate Disruption

Instructor: Dr. Andy Jorgensen

Tuesdays, March 12 & 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost: $29 for members; $41 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

Climate change is a very intense topic in our country which finds its way into political, business and social conversations, often with vocal disagreement among participants. The course will include information on how we know about climate change and the role of humans in the process. The second session will focus on what we can do individually and collectively about the problem. Updated information from the National Climate Assessment published in November 2018 will be featured. Answers to common misconceptions raised by climate skeptics will be addressed.

The course will utilize participant clickers in order to determine audience views and compare these to answers from other groups. Discussion of ideas will be encouraged.

Dr. Andy Jorgensen is the Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Environmental Sciences at The University of Toledo & 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 History Experienced Through Poetry: Post-Civil War through WWI

Instructor: Dr. Shari O’Brien

Wednesdays, March 13, 20, 27 & April 3 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $72 for members; $84 for non-members

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 103

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 the University of Michigan and a doctorate from Bowling Green State University. After graduating magna cum laude from The University of Toledo 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 The University of Toledo and continues today to practice law and write poetry.

Simply Speaking

Instructor: Max Kohr

Tuesdays, March 19, 26 & April 2 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $32 for members; $44 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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

Instructor: Nicholas Kubiak

Tuesday, March 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 for members; $37 for non-members

Room Location: Franciscan Center board room

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.

Sherman’s March to the Sea

Instructor: Dr. Dwayne Beggs

Thursdays, March 21, 28, April 4 & 11 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $29 for members; $41 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

In 1864, William Tecumseh Sherman pushed Confederate forces out of Atlanta, Georgia and began his infamous march to the sea. During his march Sherman would engage in Total War which impacted both civilians and southern soldiers. Having reached Savannah, Georgia, Sherman turned his attention toward Charleston, South Carolina and then Richmond, Virginia – serving as the anvil while Grant and his army took on the role of the hammer.

The combined actions of Generals Sherman and Grant would bring about an end to the Civil War. In the North Sherman was a hero while southerners viewed Sherman as a villain. Join us as we take an in depth look at Sherman’s historical march to the sea.

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 Bowling Green State University. He also holds an M. Div. and served as a Youth Pastor/Associate Pastor for 22 years.

World War II Stolen & Looted Art

Instructor: Albert Geha

Friday, March 22 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Cost: $17 for members; $29 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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 stolen art treasures had 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…

Instructor: Barbara Mauter

Friday, March 22 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Cost: $19 for members; $31 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

…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 the time when optical illusions were first created, how have they been used, and 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 The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, 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.

Hands-on Chemistry Fun

Instructor: Dr. Joanna Hinton

Tuesdays, March 26 & April 2 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $22 for members; $34 for non-members

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 205

Are you ready to experiment? Learn colorful, fun, safe, hands-on experiments to WOW your friends, grandkids, and yourself! All the experiments we do in class will have clear instructions and chemistry explanations so you can easily do them at home. No fancy equipment needed. Come see real changes before your eyes!

Joanna Hinton received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University and worked in the pharmaceutical industry at Procter & Gamble, Parke-Davis and Pfizer. Currently she teaches chemistry at The University of Toledo and volunteers with the American Chemical Society, Read for Literacy, and Metroparks of Toledo.

Mediterranean Wines From Spain and France

Instructor: Nicholas Kubiak

Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 for members; $37 for non-members

Room Location: Franciscan Center board room

Discover the regions along the Mediterranean coast and learn what makes this area’s wines 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 coastal region.

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

Health Care Breakthroughs: are they available in Toledo?

Instructor: Marya Czech

Friday, March 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $19 for members; $31 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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?

Marya Czech is a retired professor from the Lourdes University Biology Department and currently works as a regional environmentalist.

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

Instructor: Dale Lanigan

3:00 – 4:30 pm, Tuesdays

April 16 – May 7 (4 weeks)

Cost: $43 for members; $55 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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.

American Art of the 20th Century

Instructor: Chris Rilling

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Tuesday, May 14

Cost: $20 for members; $32 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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.

Architecture of the Orthodox Church

Instructor: Kristin Baldeschwiler

4:00 – 6:00 pm, Wednesdays

May 1 – 15 (3 weeks)

Cost: $43 for members / $55 for non-members

Room Location: Ebeid Hall 103

Orthodox Churches are truly distinctive in their floor plans and decorative styles. From the massive walls of the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul to the onion domes of St. Basil’s in Moscow, this class will introduce you to the great churches of Eastern Orthodoxy. Inspired by last semester’s Great Cathedrals course, this class will delve into the fine arts and magnificent architecture of these historical monuments.

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.

Cheese 101

Instructor: Liz Donaldson

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

Cost: $62 for members; $74 for non-members

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 202

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.


Instructor: Patrick DuBreuil

6:00 – 9:00 pm, Mondays

April 15 – May 20 (6 weeks)

Cost: $110

Room Location: Canticle Center Studio 168

Learn the basic principles of drawing in this workshop. Working with pencil and charcoal, students will build a solid foundation by learning to use line, value, gesture, and perspective. Students will learn to draw what they see from a variety of subjects including still life and landscape. Registration required 1 week before the start of class.

Dreams, God’s Forgotten Language

Instructor: Fr. John Blaser

9:00 – 11:00 am, Wednesday

May 8 – 15 (2 weeks)

Cost: $29 for members; $41 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

Did you ever wonder what your dreams were telling you? Can your dreams help you on your spiritual journey? Does your dreaming have any value at all? If you would like to have answers to these questions and others you have about dreaming, join this seminar which offers an introduction and information about individual dream work.

Dreams communicate the needs of the soul as we prayerfully seek God’s guidance in our lives. The rich spiritual description of understanding dreams and seeking to live in harmony with the message they bring can enrich our lives with comfort, challenge and practical solutions to problems of daily life.

This seminar will be directed by Fr. John Blaser, retired priest who believes that our dreams are God’s special gift and language. Dreams are a window into our souls and part of a long biblical and church tradition. Father attended Haden Institutes two year Dream Leadership Program with focus on Carl Jung’s Psychology language as means of analyzing dreams.

Essential Oils

Instructors: Blake and Jessica Easter

10:00 – noon, Wednesday

April 24 – May 1 (2 weeks)

Cost: $42 for members; $54 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

Having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep? Learning to use essential oils to manage  disrupted sleep and stress management will be the focus of the first week. During the second week, learn about the application of essential oils to manage pain. Each week everyone will make a full sized essential oil item to take home. Learn how we can support our health naturally by using what nature provides through essential oils.

Blake and Jessica Easter travel the United States teaching about the natural health benefits of using essential oils in everyday life as a “Plan A” for what ails you. The Easters have empowered many people toward a life of wellness and addressing the root problems rather than “just treating symptoms.”

Find Your Creative Muse

Instructor: Harley King

9:00 – noon, Wednesday, April 10

Cost: $32 for members; $44 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

Have you ever stared at a blank piece of paper and did not know where to begin? Have you ever sat in front of a white canvas and did not have any inspiration? Do you feel that you are not creative? Have you lost your muse? Learn how to use the creative efforts of others to inspire your own creations. None of us create in a vacuum. In this class you will have an opportunity to write a story poem about a work of art and share it with others. You will create an abstract drawing in response to a poem. You will learn to tap into your own creative powers and connect with your muse.

Harley King is a poet, author, speaker and Certified Zentangle Teacher.

Genealogy Basics

Instructor: Kathryn R. Lee

10:00 – 11:30 am, Thursdays

May 2 – 30 (5 weeks)

Cost: $54 for members; $66 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

Are you interested in exploring your family tree but don’t know where to start? This class will help you to begin your journey into the fascinating world of genealogy. Starting with family stories, letters, medical records, obituaries and death certificates, you can begin building your family history.

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.

Gluten: Unlocking the Mystery

Instructor: Barbara Mauter

10:00 – noon, Friday, April 5

Cost: $20 for members; $32 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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, identifying, and avoiding gluten.

Good Humor – Sufi Wisdom Stories

Instructor: Sheila Otto

Noon – 2:00 pm, Fridays, May 17 – 24 (2 weeks)

Cost: $29 for members; $41 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

Meet the Middle East’s most famous wise fool, Mulla 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. These 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.

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.

The Libbeys of Toledo

Instructor: Julie McMaster

11:30 – 12:30 pm, Friday, April 26

Cost: $17 for members; $29 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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.

The Renaissance and Reformation Through Art

Instructor: Albert Geha

10:00 – 11:00 am, Friday May 17

Cost: $17 for members; $29 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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 led 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.

Silk Scarf Painting

Instructor: Sharon Havelak

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

Cost: $83 for members; $95 for non-members

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 10

Looking for that perfect scarf? Try painting it! Explore the delight of painting a silk scarf with fiber reactive dyes. You will 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.

Six Things You Should Know about Italian Wines

Instructor: Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday, April 16

Cost: $25 for members; $37 for non-members

Room Location: Franciscan Center board room

Are you intimidated by Italian wines or do you love everything about them? Either way this class is for you! We’ll discuss the top six things that you need to know about Italian wines to make you fearless when shopping for your next bottle.  We’ll discuss the essential parts of what makes these wines stand out.

Time Machine: Destination the Franklin Expedition

Instructor: Ruthi Mitchell

1:30 – 3:30 pm, Thursday

April 25 – May 2 (2 weeks)

Cost: $29 for members; $41 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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.

Wagner’s Ring: a Crash Course

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Williams

3:30 – 5:00 pm, Mondays

April 29 – May 13 (3 weeks)

Cost: $32 for members; $44 for non-members

Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 202

Richard Wagner’s 4-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is, without doubt, one of the most imposing, influential, and, yes, popular large-scale artistic projects ever completed. The Ring persists as a core repertory item in nearly every major opera company around the world. Its web of musical motives, techniques for their development, and deep psychological insights formed the bedrock of 20th century film music and influenced modern psychology and philosophy. There was not a major composer in the Western tradition who remained untouched by Wagner for the next 75 years. The work is as rich, persistently relevant, and subject to various interpretations as it is big. But, as transformative as he was, Wagner’s legacy was tainted by his own toxic attitudes to many issues outside of music, as well as to the use his music was put in the 20th century.

This class will provide an overview of Wagner’s four operas, their place in his career and in musical history, and their impact on culture from Bugs Bunny to the books of J.R.R. Tolkien to modern film music. Controversies involving the composer will be addressed in a clear-eyed manner.

The Wild, Wonderful, Wacky World of Surrealism

Instructor: Chris Rilling

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Tuesday, April 9

Cost: $20 for members; $32 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 149

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.

World Religions

Instructor: Paul Mueller

10:00 – noon, Mondays

April 1 – May 6 (6 weeks)

Cost: $72 for members; $84 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

Ever wonder about what other people believe and how that compares with your own religion? This course will take you through an introduction to the five major world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. We will investigate the main beliefs of each of these religions, including a look at how they are practiced in the world today.

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.

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