Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program

Posted: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by: Helene Sheets | Category: Education

For years, scientists and health care professionals have said that the key to longevity is to continue learning. Through Lourdes University’s Lifelong Learning program, area residents can learn in a fun and engaging atmosphere. This spring, Lifelong Learning is offering a wider variety of fun classes than ever, as well as the following day trips and monthly lectures:

Wednesday, April 8 – South Pacific
Bus departs Lourdes at 7:30 a.m. and returns by 6 p.m.
Travel to the famous La Comedia Dinner Theatre in Dayton for the infamous Broadway play South Pacific. Set on a tropical island during WWII, South Pacific tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices. Considered by many to be the finest musical ever written, the score includes unforgettable classic songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein. La Comedia Dinner Theatre has been offering Broadway-style shows since 1975. For each production, talent is cast from auditions in New York City as well as in the Dayton area. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch. $94 for members; $109 for non-members. RSVP by March 18 via email at lifelong@lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-824-3707.

May 19 – Auto Barons Home Tour
Bus departs from Lourdes at 8 a.m. and returns by 6:30 p.m.
Tour the grand homes of the early 20th century’s auto barons John F. Dodge and Edsel Ford. Meadow Brook Hall is one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America and is especially renowned for its superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale. The estate was built between 1926-29 at a cost of $4 million. Lunch at the estate is included. Then it is on to the Ford House to learn about the home life of a prominent American family. The Fords were cultural, social and economic leaders. The house was designed to resemble a cluster of Cotswold village cottages, complete with stone roofs, vine-covered walls and lead-paned windows. Strolling through the thoughtfully decorated halls, visitors come face-to-face with a stunningly diverse collection of art, antiques and furniture.
$89 for members; $104 for non-members. RSVP by May 4 via email at lifelong@lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-824-3707.

Lifelong Learning features monthly lectures on the third Friday of the month in the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University. Refreshments at 9:15 a.m. followed by presentations from outstanding speakers at 10 a.m. Free to members and first-time visitors, this spring’s lectures are:

January 16 – U.S. Foreign Policy: Discussion and Debate
Conflicts in the Middle East have deep roots and long term ramifications. What should be the U.S. approach to the threat from ISIS? Should the U.S. support Arab insurrections in Libya, Egypt and other North African countries? What about the Syria Dilemma? What role does Israel play in the destabilization of the area? Two Lourdes faculty members from opposite ends of the political spectrum will tackle tough issues in an open format of dialog and discussion. Bring your foreign policy questions to the lecture and contribute to the dialog between Associate Professor of Psychology Thomas Estrella and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Justice Studies Dr. Dale Lanigan.

February 20 – Edmund Fitzgerald: What Really Happened?
A brief history of shipping on the Great Lakes will be explored leading up to the Edmund Fitzgerald. She had an exciting life during the 18 years that she sailed, often carrying record-breaking loads. Her loss on November 10, 1975 still puzzles many to this day. Carrie Sowden, Archaelogical Director of the Great Lakes Historical Society, will lead the group in an exploration of several of the prevailing theories on the great ship’s loss.

March 20 – Federal Project One: The WPA Cultural Agencies
Federal Project One was the name given to the programs President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created to provide work for artists, actors, musicians, writers and other creative arts workers during the Great Depression. Formed by executive action in May 1935 as a sub-division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), these programs employed over 40,000 people nationwide during their eight year existence. Tom Barden, Professor Emeritus of English at The University of Toledo, and a member of Lourdes University’s adjunct faculty will provide a general survey of the various Federal Project One agencies before focusing on the work of the Federal Writers’ Project, both nationwide and in Virginia and Ohio in particular.

April 17 – The A, B, C’s: Archaeologists, Bones, and Coroners with renowned forensic scientists
“Who are you? What happened to you?” The life history of each of us is written in our bones and can be determined by osteobiography. Forensic anthropologists Julie and Frank Saul have spent a lifetime reading these life histories. The couple’s past projects have included learning about the ancient Maya in the jungles of Mexico and Central America, and working with law enforcement, coroners and medical examiners on recent forensic cases. Based at the Lucas County Coroner’s Office, Julie and Frank have consulted with local, state and federal agencies in several states and have been deployed to multiple fatality disasters involving airplane crashes, the World Trade Center and more. Their archaeological adventures have also been linked to several universities including Boston University, Cleveland State University and the University of Texas Austin.

May 21 – Let’s Talk Cars with Roger Kwapich
Cars have been a big part of Roger Kwapich’s life, starting with the independent service station his parents owned and operated in Toledo. Now host of The C.A.R. Show®, commercial radio's top-rated automotive call-in-program, Roger shares his expertise with consumers through his work on the Car Care Council and as a columnist. Roger will share stories from his career, from running a large automotive service department at Montgomery Wards and heading up Technical Services at Champion Spark Plug to managing Smitty’s Automotive in Toledo. Bring your questions and let’s talk cars!

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.

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