Join us for presentations on hot topics, with lunch and lively discussion! Hot Topics are held the third Friday of the month. A lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert is included.

Reservations are strongly encouraged at least one week prior: call 419-824-3707 or email

Fridays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room
$10 member/$15 non-members, per meeting

Fact vs. Opinion: Distinguishing between them in the News    
January 18

Take a test to see how you good you are in separating fact from opinion then compare your results with a nationwide survey. Learn whether age makes a difference! Discuss social media sources of news and how to judge their accuracy. Discussion lead by veteran facilitator Norm Thal.

Tour through Time: Exploring History with Artifacts     
February 15

The Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) uses archeological expertise and innovative research methods to support the National Park Service and partners in documenting, investigating, and preserving cultural resources, data, and collections. Take a virtual tour of these collections to see how artifacts tell the human story throughout the past. MWAC employee Rebecca Wiewel will join us via computer link to tell us about this division of the National Park Service and answer your questions.

Divisions in America      
April 12

What a difference 50 years makes! Most Lifelong Learners are from the Silent/Greatest generation. We’re struggling to understand the Millennials, but how do Millennials today really compare with their grandparents? Then add into the mix America’s division into almost three different countries (urban, suburban and rural America), depending upon where you live! Finally consider the changing American family structure and what it means for our children and our future. Discussion lead by veteran facilitator Norm Thal.