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

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

Lifelong Learning Summer Registration Form

Field Trip to the Moon

Laura Megeath

11:00 – noon

Tuesday, June 4

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

Room Location: Appold Planetarium

Take a virtual trip to our closest neighbor in space: the Moon. Experience a thrilling NASA rocket launch and orbit the Earth to get an astronaut’s view of a sunrise in space. Field Trip to the Moon is a virtual journey created using NASA engineering models and scientific data. Like real astronauts, you will come face-to-face with the challenges and excitement of traveling through space to land on the Moon. Along the way, you’ll visit other moons in our solar system, and learn about recent missions to the Moon. 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 the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning.


Patrick DuBreuil

6:00 – 9:00 pm, Thursdays

June 6 – 27 (4 weeks)

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

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.

A Toledo native, Patrick Dubreuil has taught in the Lourdes Art Department for 10 years since getting his MFA from BGSU.

Leonard Bernstein: A Centennial Appreciation

Dr. Christopher Williams

3:00 – 4:30 pm, Mondays

June 10 – 24

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

Room Location: Canticle Center 148

2018 marked the centenary of the birth of the brilliant composer, conductor, and educator Leonard Bernstein. This course will consider Bernstein’s achievements as a composer for Broadway (Candide, West Side Story), film (On the Waterfront), and the concert hall (3 symphonies, Mass); his status as one of the most impactful conductors of the twentieth century (including his advocacy for American music and the works of Mahler and Shostakovich); and as an educator, especially through his Young People’s Concerts (1958-1972) and his Harvard Norton lecture series, “The Unanswered Question” (1973).

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.

You Don’t See It…  Now you do!

Barbara Mauter

10:00 – 11:30 am, Friday

June 14

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

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

Nature surrounds us, but how often do we overlook creatures in disguise? Animals may see us without us seeing them! Join this eye-opening class exploring optical illusions, from a naturalist’s perspective. Learn about optical illusions, and how they are used in nature. Explore some of the fun and mystery behind them. A thought provoking class that will certainly play tricks on your eyes!

Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with over 20 years’ experience teaching college. She has taught and presented various workshops for UT, BGSU, Monroe County Community College and Owens State Community College. Her interests center around thinking, reading and how our minds work. She is known for her critical thinking class activities.

Art of Medicine

Kristin Baldeschwiler

10:00 – noon, Saturdays

June 15 – 22

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

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

From prehistory to the present day, artists have been illustrating the human body in sickness and in health. Healers are included in these pictures too. This class will trace images of physicians and their patients through the centuries from a unique art history perspective.

Kristin Baldeschwiler, a Lourdes alumna, has designed this class as a fusion of her academic background in Art History and her professional role in Graduate Medical Education.  Please know that anatomical and surgical images will be shown during the course.

A Journey through Greek Culture

Basil Apostolou

11:00 to noon, Monday

June 17

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

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

Explore the culture of Greece, often considered to be the cradle of Western culture. At the intersection of the Eastern and Western worlds, Greek culture has evolved over thousands of years and was influenced by the Roman and Byzantine empires. Not only did Greece have the first democracy, but it is also one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and the site of the first cookbook. Explore the food, music, and faith of Greece!

Basil Apostolou lived in Greece until he emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 19.

Downsizing 101

Karen Lucas

10:00 – 11:00 am, Tuesday

June 25

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

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

Are you thinking about downsizing to a smaller, more manageable lifestyle, but wondering what to do with all your stuff? You are not alone!

Learn the various tips and techniques that a professional organizer uses. In addition you will come away with important information as to how much time to allow, where to start, who else should be involved, what to keep and what to do with all the stuff you don’t want or need.

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 regularly works with a variety of clients, lectures on organizing topics at various venues around the community, and occasionally writes about organizing for area publications. Karen is a member of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers.

Civil War “Stuff” and Memory

Dr. Steve Bare

1:00 – 2:15 pm, Tuesdays

June 25 – July 16 (4 weeks)

Cost: $36 for members; $48 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

In 1867, the U.S. counted 1.8 million veterans from both sides of the Civil War, about 5% of the population. The experiences of these men, and others who lived through the war, was built upon “stuff” they came in contact with during and after the war. This class examines some of the things from the Civil War – battlefields, weapons, cemeteries, and monuments – folks utilized to make sense of the conflict or reframe their memories of the war. This class examines how memory of the Civil War, through the creation of “stuff”, is still a persistent conversation piece in contemporary U.S. society.

Dr. Steve Bare is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Toledo’s History Department. Dr. Bare’s research and teaching specializations focus on how Americans craft historical memory of conflicts from the Civil War through WWII.

Beaujolais and Burgundy!

Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26

Cost: $50 for members; $62 for non-members

Room Location: Franciscan Center board room

For years these two wine regions of France have often been linked. We will dive into the details of what makes them similar, what drives their differences and why today they are charting their own unique courses in the wine world. We discuss the names you know and some you don’t, and the secrets in knowing the difference.

Six wines will be offered at each class. Students are encouraged to bring their own food.

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

Victoria’s Other Secrets

Kathy and Joseph Dowd

10:00 – noon, Wednesday

June 26

Cost: $23 for members; $35 for non-members

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

Have you ever wondered what lies beneath all of those beautiful layers of ruffles and lace of the Victorian lady? Have you ever pondered what also lies beneath the tailored frock coat and cravat of the Victorian gentleman? Attend this session and all will be “revealed!” A combination PowerPoint and live models will demonstrate step by step, the dressing sequence of both the proper Victorian lady and her dapper Victorian gentleman. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Kathy Dowd is Curator at the Maumee Valley Historical Society as well as a historic seamstress. Joseph Dowd is a living history interpreter.


Patrick Dubreuil

3:00 – 5:00 pm, Tuesdays

July 2 – 23 (4 weeks)

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

Room Location: Canticle Center 165

Let your creativity flow! All you need is a creative spark and we will help with the rest. Once you choose a favorite image we will patiently show you how to turn it into a work of art that you will be proud to share with your family and friends. The process –similar to that used to print currency— is an extension of drawing, but don’t let concerns about your drawing ability limit you! The  maximum size of the monocolor intaglio prints will be 8×10 inches. Warning: come prepared to get dirty!

Puccini and the End of Popular Opera

Dr. Christopher Williams

3:00 – 4:30 pm, Mondays

July 8 – 22

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

Room Location: Canticle Center 148

The operas of Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) stand among the most beloved of all works for the lyric stage, with La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900) and Madama Butterfly (1904) regularly listed among the ten most frequently performed operas. It is also clear that no subsequent opera composer has been able to capture the popular imagination to the same degree, from advertising to soccer tournaments and the Olympics, to television talent shows, and even supplying the plots of hit musicals like Rent and Miss Saigon. This course considers what made Puccini’s music so effective and enduring, as well as why he was the last composer of truly popular opera. Scenes and extended passages from all his major operas will be discussed in terms of their melodic structures, harmonic language, use of the orchestra, dramatic fluidity and “realism,” stylistic diversity, and the composer’s underrated engagement with musical modernism.

Fact, Fiction, and Adaptation: King Lear

Dr. Susan Shelangoskie

10:00 – 11:15 am, Tuesday

July 9

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

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays; the main plot of an aging monarch who steps away from his throne with tragic results has resonated as a story about relationships between parents and children and a tale about grappling with aging for centuries. Yet Shakespeare significantly modified the historical sources he used, and even more interestingly, for almost 200 years after Shakespeare, a radically edited version of the play—one with a happier ending—was the only one seen on stage. In this class, we will discuss the narrative transformations of Lear and learn about the interaction between drama and culture in Renaissance and Restoration era England and talk about the continuing value of this story today.

It is recommended that you read King Lear before class and bring a copy with you. The instructor recommends Simon & Schuster’s version (ISBN: 9781501118111).

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.

What Did I Just Eat? GMO’s and What to Know

Barbara Mauter

10:00 – noon, Friday

July 12

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

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

How much do you know about the foods you eat? Have you ever wondered what the “Non-GMO” label on food products means? Plan to attend this informative workshop, and learn about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). We will take a look at the science behind GMOs and how they are created, their risks and benefits.

Toledo’s “Perfect Storm” Continues

Are the Algal Blooms of Late Spring and Summer a New Normal for Lake Erie Water?

Marya Czech

10:00 – 11:30 am, Wednesday

July 17

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

Room Location: Canticle Center 150

As memories of Toledo’s 2014 water crisis fade, this presentation reviews the circumstances that came together as a “perfect storm” of algal bloom which overwhelmed our water purification system. What changes have been made in Toledo’s water purification process? Are these really effective if nothing else changes? Have phosphorus levels decreased? Have agricultural practices changed? Or do we accept that algal blooms will continue to plague Lake Erie into the future?

The work of regional activist-organizations will be described in raising awareness, creating effective public policy, and initiating community dialog as we work together for a common cause—the safety of our drinking water.

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

Do you have a talent or area of expertise you’d like to share?

Call 419-824-3707 to become a Lifelong Learning instructor!