Let’s have a discussion about issues that ultimately affect all of us. We can take on big issues, share insights, make friends, and grow together!

If you have suggestions for topics please contact Laura Megeath at 419-824-3707 or email

TED Talks are compelling presentations in 20 minutes or less. Join us for a different topic each month. Feel free bring your lunch—we provide the coffee and cookies! Hosted by the Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lifelong Learning. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

Tuesdays, Noon – 1 PM
Franciscan Center Board Room

What Americans agree on when it comes to health

Rebecca Onie

Tuesday, September 3

We may not be as deeply divided as we think — at least when it comes to health, says Rebecca Onie. In a talk that cuts through the noise, Onie shares research that shows how, even across economic, political and racial divides, Americans agree on what they need to live good lives — and asks both health care providers and patients to focus on what makes us healthy, not what makes us angry.

Rebecca Onie is a nationally recognized leader in the intersection of social determinants, population health and health care delivery. A MacArthur “Genius” awardee and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, Onie received her JD from Harvard Law Schoo.

Lessons from Death Row Inmates

David R. Dow

Tuesday, October 8

What happens before a murder? In looking for ways to reduce death penalty cases, David R. Dow realized that a surprising number of death row inmates had similar biographies. In this talk he proposes a bold plan, one that prevents murders in the first place.

In the past 20 years David R. Dow has defended over 100 death row inmates, many of whom have died – and most of whom were guilty. Dow is the Litigation Director at the Texas Defender Service and a professor at the University of Houston Law Center.

Me Too is a Movement, not a Moment

Tarana J. Burke

Tuesday, November 12

In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote “Me Too” across the top and laid out an action plan for a movement centered on the power of empathy between survivors. More than a decade later, she reflects on what has since become a global movement — and makes a powerful call to dismantle the power and privilege that are building blocks of sexual violence. “We owe future generations nothing less than a world free of sexual violence,” she says. “I believe we can build that world.

For more than 25 years, activist and advocate Tarana J. Burke has worked at the intersection of racial justice and sexual violence. She has emerged as a global leader in the evolving conversation around sexual violence and the need for survivor-centered solutions. Her theory of using empathy to empower survivors is changing the way the nation and the world think about and engage with survivors.

Breaking the taboos of interfaith dialogue

Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, Imam Jamal Rahman

Tuesday, December 10

Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman are collectively known as The Interfaith Amigos. In a time when religion appears to be at the heart of fragmentation, suspicion and conflict, their friendship is a beacon to a wiser, more compassionate, and hopeful path. They began working together after 9/11.

They provide a unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences all over the world and offer an example of peace and unity among religions. Their work is dedicated to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration on the major social and economic issues of our time.