Lifelong Learning Announces March Classes

Posted Feb 21st, 2016 by Helene Sheets  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Community Interest, Education, Events, General Interests, Toledo.com


The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is pleased to offer the following classes that are offered or begin in March 2016. The classes are held at various Lourdes University classroom locations, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania.

To register for Lifelong Learning classes and review the entire list of spring 2016 classes, visit www.lourdes.edu/lifelong, email lifelong@lourdes.edu or call 419-824-3707.

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

A Conversation About Mathematics
Instructor: Dr. George Shirk
Tuesdays, March 1-22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost: $51 members; $63 non-members
Many people feel they are “not good at math.” It’s a common experience that classroom mathematics serves as a filter to sort students, rather than as a pump to encourage students. This class focuses on an alternate view of mathematics, a view that insists that everyone is good at math. The instructor discusses alternative approaches to thinking about math, dispels stereotypes and assists lifelong learners in discovering mathematics in unexpected places.

Dr. Shirk earned his PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Illinois and his MAT from the University of the South. He currently teaches at Adrian College and is a Professor Emeritus from The University of Toledo. His work includes Professional Development programs in the use of Investigation in Number, Data and Space.

Thinking Outside the Box: Number 6 – a Perfect Number
Instructor: Barbara Mauter
Wednesday, March 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $15 members; $27 non-members

The Pythagoreans acknowledged that number 6 is the first perfect number. Perfect numbers are rare! Throughout history, perfect numbers have fascinated mathematicians. Participants in the previous “Thinking Outside the Box” class have requested yet more THINKING! Is thinking rare? Not in this class! The challenge continues. Instructor Barbara Mauter presents new metacognitive activities (“thinking about thinking”). Lifelong learners take part in interactive “thinking” activities and more challenging and thought-provoking puzzles to stimulate their creative thinking. What a great way to exercise your brain! NOTE: Attendance in previous “Thinking Outside the Box” Workshops is not required.

Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with over 20 years college experience. She has taught and presented various workshops for The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Monroe County Community College and Owens State Community College. Her interests center around thinking, reading and how individuals’ minds work.

Painting Wooden Plates
Instructor: Anjelika Manakhimova
Mondays, March 7-28, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $85 members; $97 non-members

Discover a unique way of acrylic painting on a wooden surface. The design for a plate can be abstract or representational. Lifelong learners may choose a floral composition, landscape, seascape or geometric pattern. Composition, color theory and color mixing are the main topics of this course. A clear gloss varnish will be applied to the plate at the end. All materials and supplies will be provided though students are encouraged to bring their own brushes and photographs.

A Wine Lover’s Toolbox… what every wine lover should know about wine
Instructor: Nicholas A. Kubiak
Mondays, March 7-21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Franciscan Center Board Room
Cost: $64 members; $76 non-members

Get all the must have “tools” that every wine drinker needs. Lifelong learners will acquire wine appreciation, the essentials of food and wine pairing and how wine affects an individual’s health. Each class is an opportunity for participants to ask all the questions they’ve always wondered about wine, while tasting new wines. After this series of classes, individuals will feel equipped to take on any wine task whether in a retail shop, restaurant or with guests at home.

Nick Kubiak is a certified wine specialist and Co-Founder of Veritas Cork & Craft with more than 14 years in the wine industry.

Bridge Basics
Instructor Ben Beazley
Tuesdays, March 8-22, 12 to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $98 members; $110 non-members

Bridge course offered for beginners or those wanting to improve their game. Brush up on the fundamentals of hand evaluation and current bidding practices. Pre-dealt hands will be bid-played and discussed at all sessions. A text book is included in the price of the class.

Ben Beazley has been a Bridge Life Master for many years and enjoys playing regularly in local duplicate games. He has extensive experience as a bridge instructor, has tutored students individually and taught The University of Toledo faculty groups as well as courses at Belmont Country Club and the Ottawa Hills Village Life Program.

A follow-up course “Even More Fun at Bridge” is offered in April and May.

Emma at 200
Instructor: Margaret Bretzloff
Tuesdays, March 8-22, 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Cost: $27 members; $39 non-members

The year 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s classic Emma. Considered Austen’s finest work, Emma is the story of a beautiful and wealthy young woman who seeks to order the lives of others in her small community. Unfortunately Emma is usually not aware of the feelings or motivations of others nor does she recognize that what she thinks is best may not be so. Participants will read and discuss Emma over the three weeks of class. Each week, Instructor Bretzloff will give a short talk relating to some aspect of Austen’s life and work particularly in relation to Emma.

Margaret Bretzloff was raised in England where Austen was required reading in school. In the last few years, she has been revisiting many things Austen, loves Bath and London and recently visited Chawton House. She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Instructor: Diana DePasquale
Saturdays, March 12-26, 12 to 3 p.m.
Cost: $57 members; $69 non-members

For fans of “old Hitch” or those new to his prolific body of work, this class is ideal. Watch some of the auteur’s earliest films including The Lady Vanishes (1938), The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935) and Vertigo (1958) starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, and winner of eight Academy awards.

Diana DePasquale is a doctoral candidate in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. She has published on comedy and media online and in academic journals.

Immigration and the United States
Instructor: Dr. Dale Lanigan
Mondays, March 14-28, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $31 members; $43 non-members

This course explores a current topic of great political, social and economic interest – immigration. The history of U.S. immigration policy is detailed including the current state of immigration. Data is presented on numbers of immigrants and the countries from which they come and the current debate on immigration reform alternatives are examined. Illegal immigration and its relationship to social issues such as crime and economic concerns are also scheduled.

Dr. Dale Lanigan is Director of the Criminal Justice Program and Chairperson and Assistant Professor of Sociology & Justice Studies at Lourdes University.

Taoist Tai Chi® Make a Move to Better Health
Session 1: Mondays, March 14-April 11, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Session 2: Mondays, April 25-May 23, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost: $34 members; $46 non-members per session

The fast-paced yet sedentary nature of modern life often results in stress and a lack of sufficient physical activity. Thousands of individuals have found the movements of Taoist Tai Chi® arts of health to be an effective way to counteract these pressures and to improve health. The gentle turning and stretching in each of the movements contributes to better balance and posture, increased strength and flexibility and calmness and peace of mind. Although not a substitute for proper medical treatment, regular practice can help to improve overall health and quality of life for people dealing with chronic conditions such as poor circulation, high blood pressure, arthritis, back pain, joint immobility, respiratory problems, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia and many others.

Come enjoy this 5-week introductory class appropriate for people of all ages and ability levels.
The class is taught by an accredited volunteer instructor with the Taoist Tai Chi Society®.

Critiquing the Day Away
Instructor: Judith Speizer Crandell
Seminar 1: Tuesday, March 15, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; location TBA
Seminar 2: Tuesday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Regina Conference room
Seminar 3: Tuesday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Regina Conference room
Cost: $32 members per seminar; $44 non-members

Is there a writing project you feel blocked from completing? Is writing’s solitary nature cutting you off from helpful comments? Would a small community of writers reviewing your work be just what you need? Then you might consider signing up for one or more of these workshops, which are stand-alone events, not continuous classes.

Bring in copies of a piece you’re working on for feedback, whether it’s a memoir, a short story, a novel excerpt, nonfiction or poetry. The instructor leads the group in a constructive critiquing process that allows individuals to take their work home and rework, polish and make it a true gem. Whether your goal is to take your writing to the next step by submitting it for publication or to create copies for your family, this class is perfect. Each seminar focuses on the journey of writing. Bring your lunch and take a break in each seminar.

Judith Speizer Crandell, a published, award-winning writer and teacher with an MA in English, was granted a Yaddo residency and a place at the 2013 AROHO creative retreat as well as a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Writer grant. She uses her life as the basis of her own writing.

Russia: from Tsars to Commissars
Instructor: Bud Fisher
Friday, March 18, 9 to 11 a.m.
Cost: $18 members; $30 non-members

“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” is how Winston Churchill described Russia. Why, in spite of the humanism of the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the rise of constitutional monarchies and republics in Europe was there so little change for the Russian people? Why was Russia so reluctant to forgo absolutism and embrace the rule of law and the sanctity of man? Through the tsarist years, the communist years and the post-communist years, the Russian citizens attained few of the freedoms granted to the common people in other countries of Europe.

Uncover some of the mystery that has surrounded Russia, its leaders and its people for centuries. From Catherine the Great to Tsar Nicholas II to Lenin and Stalin, the course examines how the nation and its people fared under these regimes.

Andrew “Bud” Fisher served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and has compiled two books of interviews from his years as a volunteer with The University of Toledo/Library of Congress Veterans History Project.

Introduction to Yoga for Every Body!
Instructor: Shirley Joseph, BA, RYT500
Session 1: Wednesdays, March 23-April 13, 10 to 11 a.m. in Regina Hall Conference Room
Session 2: Thursdays, April 28-May 19, 10 to 11 a.m. in Regina Hall Conference Room
Cost: $28 members per session; $40 non-members per session

Yoga classes are becoming more popular than ever. Why? Because yoga works! Learn gentle stretches and easy postures, breathing and relaxation techniques, guided imagery and stress management. Benefits of yoga include: increased flexibility and strength, improved balance, decreased muscle and joint discomfort, increased concentration and awareness and an improved quality of life. Please wear comfortable exercise clothing and bring an exercise mat or beach towel. Chairs are available.

Class is taught by a certified and nationally registered yoga teacher. If participants have any health challenges, please consult with your physician before taking a yoga class or any other exercise class.

Reconstruction Amendments: Why the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments Changed the Course of Reconstruction
Instructor: Loryn Clauson-Hodge
Tuesdays, March 29, April 5-26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (No class April 12)
Cost: $51 members; $63 non-members

The Civil War was just the beginning of a long conflict for the United States. After the war ended, the period of Reconstruction attempted to reconcile the North and South. During this period, three Constitutional Amendments were ratified. While individuals know the words of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, what about the story behind their creation? Why were these Amendments needed? What makes them so important? How did the Supreme Court interpret their meaning? What did the Supreme Court’s rulings mean for the future of the United States and why are the meanings of these Amendments still debated today? How did butchers in New Orleans and a massacre in Colfax, Louisiana impact the course of African American equal rights?

Find out why these Amendments were created and how the interpretations of their meanings have changed since their ratification. Find out more about the Reconstruction Amendments and their impact on the United States. The Day Freedom Died by Charles Lane is recommended and available at the bookstore.

Loryn Clauson-Hodge received her Master’s in History from Kansas State University, writing her thesis on Reconstruction Era Alabama. She plans to pursue her Ph.D. in history in the future. She is a Graduate Writing Tutor as well as a History Tutor in the Lourdes University Academic Support Center.

Native American History and Heritage
Instructor: Barbara Mauter
Wednesdays, March 30-April 20, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $39 members; $51 non-members

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
– Attributed to Chief Seattle.

Learn about the first people and their stories with a focus on those that lived in this region. Tecumseh and Chief Sitting Bull are just two of among many whose legacy lives on in our culture today. Lectures focus on Native American heritage, star stories, great chiefs and warriors and legends.

Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with over 20 years college experience. She has taught and presented various workshops for The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Monroe County Community College and Owens State Community College.

U.S. Constitution: What Every American Should Know

Instructor: Dr. Shari O’Brien
Wednesdays, March 30-April 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $40 members; $52 non-members

When the stirring but ghastly battles of the American Revolution were at last behind the former colonists, 55 very wise delegates gathered in Philadelphia to draft the Constitution of the newborn country. Following much debate and compromise, a timeless document was adopted and finally ratified in 1789. With surprisingly few changes, the Constitution has endured as the cornerstone of U.S. federal law and a shining symbol of our capacity to survive and thrive as a nation. Yet too few Americans have even a rudimentary understanding of what James Madison termed “political scripture.”

Through three fun, fast-moving, informative sessions, lifelong learners will gain insight into the Constitution’s essential features. After a brief survey of the Articles, participants focus on key amendments and their impact on past and present American life. A copy of the Constitution is required and available at the Lourdes University bookstore (www.lourdes.edu/bookstore).

Dr. Shari O’Brien earned an MA from UM and a PhD from BGSU. After graduating from The University of Toledo (UT) College of Law, she worked in a District Court. She has also taught writing and poetry at UT and continues to practice law.


About Lourdes University Lifelong Learning Program
Lifelong Learning is an exciting educational program at Lourdes University. Open to all interested men and women, the only requirement for participation is an interest in ongoing learning. Lifelong Learning participants enjoy classes on a wide variety of academic subjects, educational field trips and monthly lectures featuring guest speakers. All activities are open to both members and non-members. For more information on upcoming classes and becoming a member of Lourdes University’s Lifelong Learning program, visit www.lourdes.edu/lifelong.

About Lourdes University
Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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