Lifelong Learning announces February & March classes

Posted Jan 11th, 2018 by Helene Sheets  Category: Education, Events


The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is pleased to offer the following classes that are offered or begin in February/March 2018. Unless otherwise stated, the classes are held at various Lourdes University classroom locations, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania.

To review the entire list of Lifelong Learning spring 2018 classes, visit www.lourdes.edu/lifelong or email lifelong@lourdes.edu To register, please 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.

Women in the New Testament

Instructor: Ruthi Mitchell

Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Cost per class: $86 members; $982 non-members

Join an eight-week study of women in the New Testament. Through prayer, conversation and thoughtful study, explore the faith of these women, their responses to Jesus, how their society shaped and challenged their responses and the meaning of discipleship through their eyes. Study the Scriptures through a feminist lens focusing on the role of women in the early Church. Use the Women in the New Testament Study Set by Mary Ann Getty-Sullivan and Catherine Upchurch in addition to a Bible. The set is available for purchase at the Lourdes Bookstore for $18.

Ruthi Mitchell holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Lourdes University with a focus on women in the Church. This class is a unique combination of three of her passions: the Word of God, history and the advancement of women. It is designed to discover the lost voices of women in the Jesus movement/early Church and reconcile them with women of faith in today’s Christian Church.

CSI and Forensic Chemistry

Instructor: Dr. Cynthia Molitor

Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20 and 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $48 members; $60 non-members

Learn basic techniques of forensic chemistry, the science of crime scene investigation and evidence analysis. This class blends components of crime scene investigation and hands-on experiments to apply basic chemistry principles. Dr. Cynthia Molitor is the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences and Director of the Honors Program at Lourdes University.

Spanish Conversation

Instructor: Raquel Bravo

SESSION I: Mondays and Wednesdays, February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; March 5, 7, 12, and 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

SESSION II: Mondays and Wednesdays, April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30; May 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, and 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost per session: $58 members; $70 non-members

Come speak Spanish with us! Whether you’re planning a trip abroad or learning for fun, this is a comfortable and supportive way to learn. Class time focuses on this beautiful Latin language with useful vocabulary and scenario dialogues, as well as a little of its culture and history. Students are invited to practice Spanish during lunch at the Lourdes Café after class (price of lunch not included). The required textbook for this class, “15-Minute Spanish”, includes two audio CDs and is available commercially.

Raquel Bravo is a native Spanish speaker who has taught English/Spanish bilingual education and adult education. She is a retired school administrator who has enjoyed traveling to Spain, Mexico and South America extensively. She is eager to share her love of the Spanish language with you!

Is It a Crime?

Instructor: Mark Christensen

Tuesdays, February 20, 27; March 13 and 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Cost: $43 members; $55 non-members

Is it a crime because there is a law against it, or is there a law against it because it’s a crime? Is breaking the law always a crime? Should there be a law against doing that? Ethical and legal considerations are on the table as we consider real-world cases and a few movie clips. Come prepared to think and to talk.

Professor Christensen is a published author and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Values at Lourdes University.

Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories

Instructor: Margaret Bretzloff

Wednesdays, February 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $65 members; $77 non-members

The eighteen stories collected in the book, Immigrant Voices, highlight the complex relationships of immigrants in the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century with their families, friends, new surroundings and home countries. The authors themselves have made many of the same kinds of transitions as the characters they portray and they offer fresh perspectives on the immigrant experience. Coedited by award-winning author Achy Obejas and cultural studies scholar Megan Bayles, this anthology addresses the perennial questions about society and the individual that the authors of the Great Books have pondered for centuries.

The required textbook, Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories, is available for purchase at the Lourdes University Bookstore for $20.

Margaret Bretzloff has always considered herself a lifelong learner. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, a J.D. and most recently a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Lourdes University. Bretzloff has led many small groups over the past 20 years and is herself an immigrant having come to the United States at age 18.

Rx for Laughter

Instructor: Barbara Mauter

Thursday, February 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $17 members; $29 non-members

Studies have shown that laughter can actually improve your health! Laughter establishes – or restores – a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between people. Some researchers believe the major function of laughter is to bring people together. Are you ready to have some FUN and laugh? Join us as we take a look at the “lighter side of life” and laugh away many of our cares. We will take both a lighthearted and a serious look at this prescription and the health benefits that may result.

Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with more than 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. Mauter has just completed Active Learning Classroom Training and is looking forward to incorporating new ideas into her workshops. Last year, she attended a Course Design Institute and has since been sharing her new knowledge. Mauter’s interests center around thinking, reading and how our minds work. She is known for her critical thinking class activities.

Genealogy: Put Some Meat on Their Bones

Instructor: Marjorie Waterfield

Mondays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $58 members; $70 non-members

Genealogy is more than just finding names and dates on a pedigree chart. Your ancestors were real people with unique stories. Putting meat on their bones means adding their history, learning where and how they lived, uncovering the organizations they joined, discovering their personalities and more. Bring your pedigree charts to class and we will teach you how to find this information.

Marjorie Waterfield has been an instructor of genealogy research at The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University and Lourdes University. She has authored hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles on history, nostalgia, travel, humor and genealogy in local and national magazines and publications.

Using your iPad / iPhone Effectively

Instructor: Mike Murray

Monday, March 5; Wednesday, March 7; and Friday, March 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $43 members; $55 non-members

This class is intended for new users of either iPhones or iPads as well as experienced users who may want some additional tips and “tricks.” Topics include familiarization with device controls, how to use various touch gestures, how to check/change device settings and Wi-Fi connectivity, how to find and download apps from Apple’s Apps Store and familiarization with some of the built-in apps such as Email, Photos, Safari, Messaging, Contacts and FaceTime. Students should bring their devices to class and will need to know their Apple Store ID and Apple Store password. Please note that this class covers only Apple devices, not Android Smartphones / tablets.

Mike Murray worked for more than 25 years in Information Technology at DeVilbiss and Dana in Toledo as well as several other companies. He is currently the moderator for the Computer Club at the Sylvania Senior Center.

Just How Dark Were the Dark Ages?

Instructor: Chris Rilling

Tuesday, March 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost: $20 members; $32 non-members

Castle, cathedrals and crusades; oh my! Contrary to common belief, this was actually a time of learning and innovation. Instructor Chris Rilling is both an educator and artist. After receiving a Masters in Art Education from The University of Toledo, Rilling taught art and art history at Owens Community College and Northview High School.

Castles and Fortresses: The Architecture of Defense

Instructor: Kristin Baldeschwiler

Saturdays, March 10, 17 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $43 members; $55 non-members

Explore the evolution of castle and fortress architecture from the ancient world to the modern one. Edward I’s Iron Ring of castles in Wales, the Marquis de Vauban’s star forts and the Western Heights of Dover are just a few of the topics to be presented in this historical survey of defensive architecture. After class, join Ms. Baldeschwiler for lunch at the Lourdes Café to continue the conversation (cost of lunch not included).

Kristin Baldeschwiler, a 2003 graduate of Lourdes University, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, works in medical education and currently serves as the Historian for the Toledo Federation of Arts Societies.

Three Phrases of Beethoven

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Williams

Mondays, March 12, 19 and 26 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Cost: $32 members; $44 non-members

The life and career of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) are often divided into three periods: early, middle and late. For Beethoven, an iconic and beloved figure in his own time and arguably the most transformational and essential figure in music history, these different periods have profound meaning. The early period shows him as a young composer finding his unmistakable, original voice by building on the models of Haydn and Mozart.

In the middle period, he almost single-handedly forges what we think of as musical Romanticism, composing a clutch of works in all genres that embody his famous “heroic” and revolutionary style.

After losing his hearing entirely, Beethoven produced the Ninth Symphony, after which follow a series of visionary, mysterious works that were neither understood nor much performed in his lifetime, but have sealed his reputation as one of music’s most towering and influential figures.

Christopher Williams holds a Ph.D. in Music History from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Dr. Williams is considered a leading expert on music in turn-of-the-century Vienna.

The Kennedy’s Camelot and Reality

Instructor: John Scott

Tuesdays, March 13, 20, 27; and April 3 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $43 members; $55 non-members

Throughout history, families such as the Rockefellers, Johnsons and Vanderbilts have shaped American business. However, few families could lay claim to shaping American politics like the Kennedys. For the past half century, the Kennedy family has been at the center of American politics producing three senators and one president. The Kennedy brothers – John, Robert, and Ted – were all champions of the poor and dispossessed, but their own upbringing could not have been further from that of the common person.

As the nature of power in America shifted from business to politics, the Kennedys themselves shifted from business to politics. The Kennedy brothers were part of a new generation of young and dynamic politicians. Their youth and policies did much to add to America’s innocence in a time when America literally reached for the stars.

Assassination and scandal would lead to a reduction in the image and influence of America’s royalty, the Kennedy family.

This course focuses on: Joseph Kennedy (his financial success, and political career); Joe Jr. and John F. Kennedy’s service during World War II; John F. Kennedy’s political career, marriage and assassination; the rise of Robert F. Kennedy, his 1968 Presidential campaign and death; and Ted Kennedy’s career in the Senate, 1972 car crash, and 1980 Presidential campaign. The class concludes by focusing on the political legacy of the Kennedy family.

John Scott is a Lourdes University history student who recently completed a research project on the Kennedys under the direction of Dr. Dwayne Beggs, Assistant Professor of History.

Rock On…an Exploration of Gemstones

Instructor: Barbara Mauter

Thursday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $20 members; $32 non-members

Gemstones have fascinated individuals of many cultures for thousands of years. Legends, myths and lore surrounding gems are found to be diverse, fascinating and endless. Often beliefs were tied to a culture’s history, geography and spiritual practices.

We may find ourselves drawn to a particular piece of jewelry, or a gem, based on its aura. Stones and gems have been believed to hold metaphysical properties – it’s hard to deny they do seem to have a cosmic allure. Plan to attend this informative workshop and learn more about the symbolism associated with some common gemstones.

After learning about semi-precious stones, you will have the opportunity to create a simple ribbon bracelet or necklace for yourself or to share!

American History Experienced Through Poetry

Instructor: Shari O’Brien, Ph.D., J.D.

Tuesdays, March 20, 27, and April 3

Cost: $54 members; $66 non-members

If you are a lover of history but not yet poetry, please don’t miss this class. If you already love poetry but find history less interesting, you too, will want to join us. We will experience the best in both fields as we cover over one hundred years of stirring American history. From the eve of the Revolution through the steamboat era, from the odyssey westward through the aftermath of the Civil War, events molding America will unfold as we discover the poets inspired by those events.

The past will be illuminated in the lives and works of celebrated figures like Longfellow, Whitman and Emerson as well as the poems of men and women more unfamiliar to you. What a marvelous journey to take together.

Dr. Shari O’Brien earned an Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate degree from Bowling Green State University. After graduating magna cum laude from The University of Toledo College of Law, she worked in United States District Court. Publishing five law review articles as well as hundreds of essays and poems in national journals, Dr. O’Brien taught writing and poetry for 27 years at UT and continues today to practice law and write poetry.

Kaffeeklatsch: A Pre-Easter Culinary Conversation

Instructor: Mary Bilyeu

Thursday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $17 members; $29 non-members

Let’s talk about Easter. What are you serving or bringing? Are there dietary issues to consider at your gathering? Most importantly, do you prefer chocolate bunnies or jelly beans? Join in a pre-holiday conversation with Mary Bilyeu, Food Editor at The Blade, with coffee and a treat provided. You can even sample matzah, since Passover and Easter overlap this year.

Mary Bilyeu began as the Food Editor at The Toledo Blade in 2014 and has written for the publications of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor and other sites and papers. She will be a contributor to the travel site – Roadfood – when she can find the time to write about the amazing restaurants in northwest Ohio instead of just tempting her friends with pictures of her meals on social media.

Compass, Calendar, Clock

Instructor: Dr. Laura Megeath

Friday, March 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Appold Planetarium

Cost: $17 members; $29 non-members

For thousands of years, people have watched the sun, moon and stars trace patterns in the sky. These patterns became intertwined with daily life but also guided massive projects such as the construction of Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids. Discover the simple patterns that allow anyone to use the sky as a compass, a calendar and a clock. The influence of astronomy in our daily lives will surprise you!

After the show in the Appold Planetarium, continue the conversation over lunch at the Lourdes Café (cost of lunch not included).

Dr. Laura Megeath is the Coordinator of both the Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program and the Appold Planetarium.

Great Decisions – 2018

Instructor: Norm Thal

Thursdays, March 22, April 5, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $83 members; $94 non-members

What’s happening in the world? The most significant issues of our time are explored by the Foreign Policy Association in a Briefing Book Great Decisions – 2018 and an accompanying television series. Topics include Russia’s foreign policy, South Africa’s fragile democracy, global health, media & foreign policy and more!

Each week begins with the appropriate television segment and is followed by a spirited and wide-ranging discussion among the group.

Veteran facilitator Norm Thal returns to add his experiences from around the world and keep the arguments lively and on track. The textbook required for this class – Great Decisions – is available at the Lourdes bookstore. For a unique exploration of the world around us, join Great Decisions – 2018!

Turkey, Crossroads of Civilization

Instructor: Dr. Riza Kaya

Tuesdays, April 3, 10 and 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Cost: $32 members; $44 non-members

A slide show of historical and tourist sites of Turkey will be presented region by region including local cultures. Sufism has been a great part of Turkish culture for centuries especially in Anatolia (Asia Minor). In the west, this philosophy is probably mostly associated with whirling dervishes which were part of the ceremonies of the Mevlevi Order founded by Rumi, the great Sufi poet of the 13th century. We will discuss the philosophy of Sufism, poems of Rumi and other Sufi teachers in Anatolia. A video of whirling dervishes will also be shown.

Turkey has been a part of Middle Eastern politics for centuries through the Seljuk or Ottoman empires or through the Republic of Turkey. Discuss the latest political, economic and social developments in the country as well as the regional issues.

Dr. Riza Kaya is a retired research chemist. He grew up in Turkey and has lived roughly equal parts of his life in the U.S. and in Turkey. He holds both U.S. and Turkish citizenships and divides his time between Sylvania, Ohio and Istanbul, Turkey.

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