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Laura Megeath
10:30 – 11:30 am, Tuesday, Sept. 1
2:00 – 3:00 pm, Thursday, Sept. 10
Meeting ID: 941 5184 0480

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

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Talking About Race
Diana DePasquale
2:30 – 4:00 pm, Saturday, Sept. 12 – 19

The murder of George Floyd this past May catapulted our nation into a long overdue conversation about race and the legacy of slavery in the United States. Activists and anti-racist educators urged white Americans to educate themselves on mass incarceration, police brutality, the school-to-prison pipeline and the need for the Black Lives Matter movement. Using Ijeoma Oluo’s New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race as our guide, we will center our discussion around these topics, but examine the ways white people can work towards a more fair and just world.
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo was published by Seal Press in 2019 (ISBN-13: 978-158005882).
Diana DePasquale is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies at BGSU and as well as a doctoral candidate in BGSU’s American Culture Studies program.

The Story of the Symphony
Dr. Christopher Williams

When people think about classical music, the genre that most captures the popular imagination is that of the symphony. Dramatic, gripping, often familiar, the symphony has become the litmus test by which we judge the greatness and lasting value of the important composers of the past. It has come to stand for the ways in which purely instrumental music is capable of telling a story, to the point where the genre informs even those orchestral pieces that don’t bear the name of “symphony.”
Over six sessions, divided into two parts that you may take separately or together, this class traces the history of the genre from its beginnings in the middle of the eighteenth century to the twentieth century. Along the way, attention will also be paid to interesting and important works by women and by composers of color. In consideration of the interest of students who have taken other of classes with Dr. Williams, he will focus only in passing and for the sake of continuity on topics covered elsewhere.

Story of the Symphony I: Classical to Romantic
3:30 – 5:00 pm, Mondays
Sept. 14 – 28 (3 weeks)
This class traces the history of the symphony from its beginnings in the mid-18th century to the “classical style” of Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Mozart, and Ludwig Beethoven, to the Romantic Generation of Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, and Hector Berlioz.

Story of the Symphony II: Romantic to Modern
3:30 – 5:00 pm, Mondays, Oct. 5 – 19 (3 weeks)
Explore the history of the symphony from the high-Romantic generation of Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Anton Bruckner, to Gustav Mahler, Edward Elgar, and Jean Sibelius at the turn of the century, to Dmitri Shostakovich, Serge Prokofiev, Aaron Copland, and living composers in the twentieth century.
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.

Roaring through the Twenties: American History Experienced through Poetry
Shari O’Brien, Ph.D., J.D.
1:30 – 3:45 pm, Tuesdays (includes a break)
Sept. 15 – 29 (3 weeks)

Those who love history or poetry or both will be dazzled by this timely centennial celebration of the dramatic 1920’s. We will begin by discovering the Lost Generation left disillusioned by World War I and end with a discussion of the stock market crash of 1929. In between will find us exploring, among other things, the Harlem Renaissance, the Jazz Age, and what the French termed the “annees foiles” (crazy years) of flappers, bootleggers, the advent of the Golden Age of radio and the movies, the Scopes’ “Monkey Trial” and the lives of ordinary people who would become the Greatest Generation. Throughout, we will pair the work of poets like Frost, Sandburg, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Langston Hughs to events of the era, breathing life into history and culture.
Dr. O’Brien has doctorates in English and law; she worked in United States District Court. Publishing five law review articles as well as hundreds of essays and poems in national journals, she taught writing and poetry for twenty-seven years at UT and continues to practice law and write poetry today.

Visual Tour of Pakistan
Dr. Bahu S. Shaikh
10:30 – noon, Wednesday, Sept. 16

Pakistan was created in 1947 when British India was divided. It now has the sixth largest population in the world. This tour will take you from some of the tallest mountains in the world to the Arabian sea, exploring the green fields of Punjab, and visiting the Indus valley countryside as well as some of the great cities along the way. Through slides, pictures, and fond memories, Dr. Shaikh will present the people of Pakistan and their culture from the perspective of someone who was born there.
Bahu S. Shaikh, M.D, is a member of Islamic Center of Greater Toledo and a founding member of Muslim Christian Dialogue Group based at the First Presbyterian Church of Maumee Ohio. He has been a speaker at the Islamic Center as well at the Maumee church.

Ethnobotany Series
Marya Czech
10:00 – noon, Thursdays
Sept. 17 – Oct. 29 (7 weeks)

Join us for all 7 lectures in this series, or pick your favorites! Instructor Marya Czech is a retired professor from the Lourdes University Biology Department and currently works as a regional environmentalist.

  • How Did We Learn What to Eat Before Systematic Agriculture? Sept. 17
    Ancient cave paintings and plant microfossils detail the history of our ancestors’ relationship with plants. From starchy roots and tubers in Africa to archeological evidence of flour and baking to the domestication of Asian rice, our indigenous people give us insight into ancient nutrition and healing practices.
  • Indigenous People as Protectors of Global Biodiversity Sept. 24
    Native peoples and their healing traditions have histories that extend into the distant past. Many groups of indigenous people regard their elders as living libraries of history, tradition, and plant wisdom. What have they managed to recover and preserve despite the continuing inroads of capitalism and Western civilization?
  • How Western “Civilization” Has Treated Indigenous Peoples Oct. 1
    The pattern was typical—Christianity, Western Culture, and the trappings of civilization were imposed by both missionaries and colonizers on “savages and pagans” encountered during the Age of Exploration and beyond. The ensuing land grabs and transformation to plantation agriculture spelled the decimation of indigenous peoples and the loss of languages, rich botanical lore, and biodiversity.
  • Plant Use and Lore of Several Groups of Indigenous Peoples Oct. 8
    Many groups of indigenous people are able to reclaim their traditional knowledge and plant lore and are preserving their cultural heritage. Most of these work against all odds, including government interference. A virtual tour will visit Amazonia and the South Pacific.
  • Papua New Guinea: an Example of Indigenous Rule and Mélange of Cultures Oct. 15
    An independent country since 1975, PNG is still a nation of great contrasts and cultural conflict. Traditional medical knowledge has been largely oral, but a systematic and comprehensive documentation of medicinal plant use among over 800 communities across the nation is being conducted and incorporated into modern medicine. Two Sisters of Notre Dame will describe their missionary work in PNG as educators and cultural ambassadors on behalf of indigenous Papuans.
  • Contribution of North American Indigenous People to Nutrition and Healing Oct. 22
    Native American concepts of health and wellness have sustained diverse peoples since ancient times. Native healers all have a long history of using indigenous plants for a wide variety of medicinal purposes. Medicinal plants and their applications are as diverse as the tribes who use them. Beyond their medicinal benefits, indigenous plants were a staple of diets before Western contact. Today, indigenous plants are central to efforts to improve dietary health for current generations.
  • Out of Africa—What Our Black Neighbors Remember Oct. 29
    African herbal medicine is one of many rich traditions of medicinal plant use. The majority of Africans brought to North America during the slave trade originated from West and Central Africa and probably shared similar ideologies regarding healing and spirituality. African-American folk medicine was a multifaceted practice intertwined with religion and spirituality. Traditional medicine reflected a complex belief system that evolved from Africa into slavery and beyond. Where does it reside today?

Indus River and Indus Valley Civilization
Dr. Bahu S. Shaikh
10:30 – noon, Wednesday, Sept. 23

Moen-jo -Daro is one of the oldest known civilizations, once thriving along the mighty Indus river. Dr. Shaikh took part in one of the expeditions of this river. Around 2500 BCE, Moen-jo -Daro flourished at the same time as ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Minoan Crete, and Norte Chico in Peru. Abandoned in the 19th century BCE, the site was rediscovered in the 1920s and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. Learn what the people of Indus valley were like, their living standards, their culture, language, farming techniques and trade. As many mysteries remain, we will speculate about the rise and fall of this ancient civilization.

The Buckeye Trail
Jan Whitaker
10:00 – 11:00 am, Tuesday, Sept 29 – Oct. 6

For nearly 1,200 miles, the Buckeye Trail winds around Ohio, reaching into every corner of the state. From a beachhead on Lake Erie near Cleveland, to a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River in Cincinnati, a hiker can experience a little of all that Ohio has to offer. A combination of towpaths, wooded trails, and little used back roads, it passes through many of the most scenic locations in the state, including the Hocking Hills region and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It also goes through many small towns in Ohio, as well as a few major urban areas. First envisioned in the late 1950’s as a trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, the Buckeye Trail evolved into a large loop, branching both north and east from Cincinnati.
Jan Whitaker will introduce you to the Buckeye Trail, what it is and where it goes. She will share her personal experiences while hiking the entire trail, adventures and misadventures! Learning about the Buckeye Trail is a wonderful way to learn more about Ohio and its history, unique populations, industries, nature, state parks, restaurants, and geology. An inveterate traveler, willing to go anywhere anytime, Jan is an Ohio native with a lifelong interest in the history of our state.

The Civically Engaged Citizen
Hugh Grefe
1:30 – 3:30 pm, Tuesday
October 6 – 27 (4 weeks)

What does it mean to be engaged in our community? Giving or serving, leading or associating? How do we encourage people to talk together rather than defer to the loudest voice? How can each of us encourage community participation when we seem divided on so many issues? Starting with the book The Civically Engaged Reader, this class will seek answers to these questions. After all, the connection between thought and service is a vital one.
The Civically Engaged Reader is a collection of more than forty provocative and diverse readings that range across literature, philosophy, and religion. These selections invite reflection on all kinds of civic-minded activities from authors ranging from Aristotle to Maya Angelou and Benjamin Franklin to Andrew Carnegie. Published by the Great Books Foundation, the book is available for purchase on the Lourdes University campus at All Good Things for $25.
Facilitator 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 for the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

The Enneagram: Helping Me Know Myself Better
Patricia Schnapp, RSM, PhD
10:00 – 11:30 am, Wednesday
Oct. 7 – 21 (3 weeks)

“Now why did I do that?” we sometimes ask ourselves. Want to find out why? The Enneagram will show you! This ancient Sufi division of people into nine different personality types gives fascinating insight into how our basic life strategy makes us tick. Picked up by Jesuits and often used in spiritual direction, it is a wonderful tool to help us understand both ourselves and others better. Are you a perfectionist, a helper, an achiever, a romantic, an observer, a questioner, an adventurer, an asserter, or a peacemaker? And why? What is your dominant motivation, and can you be healed of its compulsiveness? (You’ll like the answer!)
Patricia Schnapp, PhD, is a retired professor of English, a poet, and a Sister of Mercy. Currently, she volunteers in prisons as a teacher and chaplain and at a homeless shelter. She continues to write.

The History of Western Architecture
Kristin Baldeschwiler
4:00 – 6:00 pm, Wednesdays
October 7 – November 11 (6 weeks)

Celebrate Kristin’s 15th anniversary of teaching Lifelong Learning classes with her favorite subject: architecture! Follow the chronological history of western architecture from prehistoric times to the early 21st century.
Kristin Baldeschwiler, a 2003 graduate of Lourdes, received her BA in Art History, works in medical education at St. Vincent Medical Center.

Gender and Literature
Dr. Susan Shelangoskie
10:00 – 11:15 am, Mondays
October 12 – 19 (2 weeks)

In this class we will discuss issues related to gender and literature that have been significant for centuries. We will start with Henrik Ibsen’s iconic and controversial feminist play Doll’s House and then consider updated versions of this story to see how themes related to gender have changed through time and culture, but remain a current and pressing concern today.
Suggested pre-reading: Hnath, Lucas. A Doll’s House: Part 2. Theatre Communications Group, 2018 [ISBN 978-1559365826]
Ibsen, Henrik. Doll’s House in Four Major Plays. Trans. James McFarlane and Jens Arup. Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 1-88. [ISBN 987-0199536191] Note: any version of Doll’s House is fine, though note that your text may be a little different than the instructor’s if you use a different translation.
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.

How to Be A Perfect Stranger – Applying Essential Intra-Religion Etiquette
John Krochmalny
2:00 – 3:30 pm, Thursdays
Oct. 15 – 29 (3 weeks)

Are you curious about other cultures and religions? Have you ever visited a place of worship or faith community other than your own? Would you know what to do at a wedding or funeral for a friend whose faith is different than yours? Taking the step to visit another faith community can be intimidating without knowing what to expect or how visitors are expected to conduct themselves during services. This class will introduce you to facts about select communities of faith that will allow you to appreciate cultural differences, experience different modes of worship, and add self-confidence when establishing relationships with people from other religions. We will also explore ways to take interfaith and inter-cultural relationships to higher levels.
This class will consist of a combination of lecture and discussion. The recommended text is How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook by Stuart M. Matlins, Editor (ISBN 13: 978-1594731402).
John Krochmalny has considerable higher-education teaching experience as an instructional designer and technical trainer. As a member of the Sylvania Baha’i Community this topic is particularly meaningful to him.

Islamic Golden Age
Dr. Bahu S. Shaikh
10:30 – noon, Tuesday, Oct. 20

The historical period from the fifth to the fifteenth centuries is known as the Middle Ages, or to some, the Dark Ages of Europe. In contrast, the period from ninth to fourteenth centuries is known as the Islamic Golden Age, a time of remarkable scientific and cultural progress. Islamic scholars met and translated the world’s classical knowledge into Arabic and Persian. Baghdad was the largest city in the world and the site of the House of Wisdom. Progress was made in medicine, surgery, pharmacology, astronomy, mathematics, chemistry and many other fields. We will discuss the reasons for their success and causes of their decline.

Jefferson’s Vision
Dr. George Shirk
1:00-2:00 pm, Wednesdays
Oct. 21 – Nov. 18 (5 weeks)

Thomas Jefferson had a remarkably ambitious vision for a developing country. He envisioned a landscape filled with farms, mountains that were mapped, safe harbors for ships, all tied together by a single system. His vision enabled canals, rail lines and interstate highways to be built. Today, the results of Jefferson’s vision are evident in the patterns, squares and lines seen when flying over the midwest and west. Even the GPS system relies on this foundation.
Explore the process of measuring America, following the footsteps of those who marked the first lines, identified the safe harbors for sailing ships, and measured the mountains. We will begin with metes and bounds and navigating the ocean. We will look at the process for measuring the distance from Maryland to New Orleans, examine the Public Land Survey system, and explore questions such as why the Army Corps of Engineers is in charge of the rivers and streams and took the blame for the flooding of New Orleans. Finally, learn why was it necessary to develop time zones.
Dr. George Shirk earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Illinois and his MAT from the University of the South. He is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Toledo.

Turning Full Circle
Barbara Mauter
10:00 – 11:00, Friday October 23

Eplore the circular nature of Native American life. The First Peoples were deeply spiritual. The Circle symbol appears throughout their culture; learn more about the importance and meaning of this symbol.
Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with over 20 years’ experience teaching college. She has taught and presented various workshops for UT, BGSU, Monroe County Community College, and Lifelong Learning at Lourdes University. She is known for her critical thinking class activities. Barbara’s interests center around how our minds work, reading, thinking, and Native American culture and history.

Mexican – American War
Dr. Dwayne Beggs
11:00 – noon, Tuesday
Oct. 27 – Nov. 24 (5 weeks)

The Mexican – American War took place from April 1846 to February 1848. This war occurred as a result of the United States’ annexing Texas in 1845. It was also the result of a dispute over the Texas/Mexican border. The Mexican government claimed that the Nueces River was the boundary line between Mexico and Texas. The U.S. claimed that the Rio Grande was the boundary between Mexico and Texas. President James K. Polk sent American troops into the disputed area which led to armed conflict with the Mexican military. During this War the U.S. would be victorious and acquire a significant amount of land. It could be argued the outcome of this war helped facilitate the American Civil War. Join us as we examine the Mexican/American War: the causality of the war, President James K. Polk’s role in bringing on the war, key events that took place during the war and the impact this war had on America.
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.

Italian History and Geography
Maria Pool
10:00 – noon, Mondays
Nov. 2 – 23 (4 weeks)

Are you interested in learning about the history, culture, and geography of Italy? If so, then join us as we dive into the different regions of Italy learning more about this beautiful country and rich heritage along the way.
Maria Pool is a native of Calabria, Italy. She met and married her husband on the American Air Force base in Aviano, Italy and moved to the United States. She has been teaching lifelong learning courses in the Italian language at Monroe County Community College for 17 years.

Drowning in Paper
Karen Lucas
10:00 – 11:30 am, Thursday, November 5

Are you drowning in paper? You are not alone! Rafts of paper flood into the average home every single day. Paper clutter costs time, money and stress. Without a management plan, a household can drown in a rising tide of paper.
Learn about simple tips and techniques to help you set up and handle household filing systems, the daily mail, newspapers and magazines, children’s artwork, cards and correspondence, calendars, phone lists, menus, and more. Find out which important papers you need to keep, and for how long. Learn strategies for handling tax records and which papers should be saved in safety deposit boxes. Join us to learn how you can develop new systems and methods to handle your household papers.
Presented by Karen Lucas, owner of Your Professional Organizer, a service she created in 2013 to help people transition to a simple, more organized, less stressful way of living. Karen is a member of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers.

The Power of Plants & Animals
Barbara Mauter
10:00 – 11:00 am, Friday, November 13

Virtually explore the inseparable bond of Native Americans and their deep reverence and respect for nature. Native American beliefs are found intertwined with all of Mother Earth. Their spirituality extends to all natural objects, living and nonliving. Traverse a different landscape and begin to recognize a relationship with nature.

The World in Figures
Dr. Bahu S. Shaikh
10:30 – noon, Wednesday, Nov. 18

Each year, the Economist Magazine publishes a handbook of facts and figures dealing with demographics, industry, politics, geography, culture and more from 180 countries around the world. By looking into these numbers, we can learn where we as Americans stand in comparison to other developed countries. Our strengths and weaknesses are made clear by the numbers and figures in this book.
By applying this data, we can make some educated decisions about improving the health, well-being and social status of Americans. For the U.S. to remain competitive, we must work together to improve our health care, education and economic status. This class will look for globally inspired lessons for ways to help to make positive changes.

Cocoa-klatsch: A Warm Wintertime Conversation
Mary Bilyeu
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, December 11

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! The day we’ll be chatting is the first day of Hanukkah; as everyone knows, Christmas and the Winter Solstice and New Year’s Eve will all follow close behind.
So let’s sit down with a hot cup of cocoa (don’t forget the mandatory marshmallows!) and gather at a safe social distance for a warm chat on a wintry day. How will your family be celebrating its holidays this year? What traditions will continue, which ones need to be modified, and what new ones will you incorporate? And, most important of all: How many cookies are you baking, and which kinds?
Mary Bilyeu has been Food Editor at The Blade since 2014. Her stories and columns appear in print on Wednesdays in the Peach section and on Sundays in the Living and/or Arts sections; they are also available digitally at,, and on the NewsSlide app. Bonus digital-only content includes Mary’s fun biweekly Cheap Eats videos showing off the best $10-or-less dining deals you can find in the Toledo area.

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