Can we talk? Starting with ideas presented in videos, 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!

TED Talks are compelling presentations in 20 minutes or less, available free on the internet. Hosted by the Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lifelong Learning, noon to 1:00 pm in the Lourdes University Franciscan Center board room. These are free and open to all, no registration necessary!

For more information, please call 419-824-3707 or visit us online:

Tuesdays, Noon – 1 PM
Franciscan Center Board Room

A black man goes undercover in the alt-right

Theo E.J. Wilson

Tuesday, January 14

In an unmissable talk about race and politics in America, Theo E.J. Wilson tells the story of becoming Lucius25, white supremacist lurker, and the unexpected compassion and surprising perspective he found from engaging with people he disagrees with. He encourages us to let go of fear, embrace curiosity and have courageous conversations with people who think differently from us.

Family, hope and resilience on the migrant trail

Jon Lowenstein

Tuesday, February 11

For the past 20 years, photographer and TED Fellow Jon Lowenstein has documented the migrant journey from Latin America to the United States, one of the largest transnational migrations in world history. Sharing photos from his decade-long project “Shadow Lives USA,” Lowenstein takes us into the inner worlds of the families escaping poverty and violence in Central America and pieces together the complex reasons people leave their homes in search of a better life.

Human trafficking is all around you. This is how it works

Noy Thrupkaew

Tuesday, March 17

Behind the everyday bargains we all love – the $10 manicure, the unlimited shrimp buffet – is a hidden world of forced labor. Noy Thrupkaew investigates human trafficking – which flourishes in the US as well as developing countries – and shows us the human faces behind the exploited labor that feeds global consumers.

How behavioral science can lower your energy bill

Alex Laskey

Tuesday, April 14

What’s a proven way to lower your energy costs? Would you believe: learning what your neighbor pays. Alex Laskey shows how a quirk of human behavior can make us all better, wiser energy users, with lower bills to prove it.

How nationalism and globalism can coexist

Wanis Kabbaj

Tuesday, May 12

Why do we have to choose between nationalism and globalism, between loving our countries and caring for the world? With lessons for avowed nationalists and globalists alike, Wanis Kabbaj explains how we can challenge this polarizing, binary thinking — and simultaneously be proud citizens of both our countries and the world.