Lifelong Learning announces Fall Lectures and Hot Topics
This fall, the Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is offering a great lineup of lectures and hot topics. The events are held monthly at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Lectures are from 10 to 11 a.m. with refreshments offered at 9:15 a.m. Free for members and first-time visitors except the Fall Kick-Off which is $12 per person for lunch. Hot Topics are offered from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and include a lunch of soup, sandwiches and dessert. $10 for members per meeting; $15 non-members. Purchase the entire Hot Topic series: $36 for members; $56 non-members --------------------------------- KICK-OFF EVENT - Friday, August 17 Arrrrghhhhh: A History of Piracy on the Great Lakes Featuring Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes Price: $12 per person for lunch, RSVP by Aug. 13 Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes, will lead you on a historical and cultural re-examination of piracy and it implications for understanding Great Lakes history. No parrots or peg legs, but a healthy dose of thievery, mutiny, and other unsavory tales that illustrate why Hollywood should reinvent Jack Sparrow and place him on Lake Michigan in 1880! Christopher Gillcrist is Executive Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. He has a BA and MA in History from John Carroll University and is ABD in Social Policy at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to his current duties, he served as Executive Director of the Lake County Historical Society. Lunch includes lasagna with garlic bread, salad, and dessert! Vegetarian option available. The Cake Walkin’ Jass Band will perform the authentic New Orleans jazz Toledoans have been enjoying for 50 years! ------------------------------ Friday, September 14 It’s the Right Thing To Do Featuring Donelda McWilliams Have you ever wondered how people manage to live to a “ripe old age”? This is a story of a life influenced by many people that in turn benefitted many others. The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honored Donelda McWilliams for her volunteer efforts at the local level, such as distributing food to needy people, to the state level, representing AARP for 15 years on the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging, to the national level, including twice serving as a delegate to the White House Conferences on Aging. Donelda McWilliams worked as a mortician in her own business for 38 years. When she retired in 1987, she dedicated herself to helping others because “It’s the right thing to do.” Hear the story of her productive and satisfactory life. Hot Topic: Opening Our Hearts and Minds to those in Guatemala: Valley of the Angels Featuring Lourdes University Students who traveled to Guatemala The past three summers students and staff from Lourdes University traveled to Guatemala to provide a ministry of presence to the children at the Valley of the Angels School. Once considered an orphanage, Valley of the Angels functions today as a boarding school that houses, feeds and educates over 200 at-risk children, ages 6-18. Lourdes students have the honor of working closely with the children as well as experience Guatemalan culture, visit families in their homes and tour a garbage dump community in the poorest area in Guatemala. Learn more about the Guatemala Mission Trip from the students who have opened their hearts and minds to the children at Valley and the people in Guatemala. ------------------------------ Friday, October 19 Tales of Toledo’s Tenderloin Featuring Radio & TV Broadcaster and Toledo Native Lou Hebert Come hear the stories of the colorful characters, the cops, the controversy and the eventual collapse of Toledo’s notorious “badlands” of downtown Toledo circa 1900. It was an area that was its own “district” of the city where a supermarket of vice was allowed to flourish for decades. Lou Hebert is a Toledo-area native, and long-time radio and TV news broadcaster. His journalism work in Toledo, Detroit, Chicago and Denver earned him several national awards, including a Peabody from the University of Georgia. Hot Topic: History and Research at the Toledo Museum of Art Library & Archives Featuring Head Librarian Alison Huftalen and Archivist Julie McMaster of the Toledo Museum of Art The Toledo Museum of Art is well known, but how much do you know about the Library? Established in 1904, the TMA Library has grown from a dedicated bookcase to a collection of tens of thousands of art books, catalogs and periodicals. It has always been an integral component of the TMA’s focus on art education. The TMA Archives preserve and share the history of the museum. Alison Huftalen, Head Librarian, and Julie McMaster, Archivist, will present a history of the library and archives as well as provide an introduction to library collections and museum history. Learn about the Museum Library League, the group that sponsors the TMA’s art book club, annual book sale and other special library-related programs. ----------------------------- Friday, November 16 Income Inequality Featuring Ohio Northern University Professor Dr. David McClough In 1965, the CEO to worker pay ratio was 20:1; however today the ratio is nearly 300:1 with many examples of CEOs earning much more. Will income inequality continue to widen or will it narrow? Does inequality serve an economic purpose? Is inequality good or bad? How does inequality affect the economy, society, and individuals? Should inequality be reduced, and if so, can anything be done? These questions are more nuanced than they may first appear. The issue of inequality is politically-charged, but the economic implications remain controversial. These issues and others will be addressed along with consideration of implications associated with widening and narrowing inequality. Dr. David McClough is the James F. Dicke Associate Professor of Economics at Ohio Northern University. His research examines observed wage differentials, especially among highly educated workers. In addition to academic publishing, Dr. McClough’s commentaries have appeared in numerous newspapers and he currently serves as editor of the Journal of Economics and Politics. Hot Topic: Heroes in Action Featuring Joe Rosol, Veteran and Volunteer with Heroes in Action Marines, soldiers, airmen, sailors, and the coast guard have a mission – to protect our country. Heroes in Action also has a mission – to support our military. What began with care packages 14 years ago has developed into a system of support for service members and their families ranging from auto repair to newborn baskets to housing. Learn how this group can “do the unique” from Joe Rosol, veteran and volunteer with Heroes in Action. ------------------------------ Friday, December 14 Bicycling Around the United States for a Cause Featuring Retired Sylvania Schools Teacher Alan Thompson In August 2015, 68-year-old Toledo native and retired Sylvania Schools teacher Alan Thompson began a 12,000-mile bicycle journey along the perimeter of the U.S. His goal was to raise money and awareness for two charities: Habitat For Humanity and Save The Children. He raised over $32,000 for these two worthwhile organizations and volunteered at Habitat For Humanity build sites in 19 cities along the course of his ride. Alan rode 9,000 miles between August 2015 and May 2016. In the summer of 2017, he bicycled the final 3,000 miles along the northern perimeter, completing the 12,000-mile circuit of the U.S. perimeter. Come hear his personal stories of this epic ride! After the lecture, stay for lunch and laughter… Hot Topic: Comedy of Reed K. Steele Featuring Comedy Extraordinaire Reed K. Steele Includes buffet lunch. Reed K. Steele is a cross between Red Skelton, Dick Van Dyke and Danny Kaye. As a master of physical comedy, mime, stand-up, and improvisation, Reed combines comedy, music, mime, magic, stunts, sign language, and audience participation to make a memorable comedy variety family fun event that will capture an audience of any age. As an actor, mime, stuntman, comedian, clown, puppeteer, magician, and director, Reed has performed literally thousands of times on stage, television, and film from Los Angeles to New York. He was the recipient of the 1990 “Hollywood USO Entertainer of the Year” award, working with Bob Hope, Buddy Ebsen, Lee Greenwood and many others. Reed also created sound effects for films, television, and cartoons, working with Mel Blanc, Paul Winchell, and Bruce Willis. He also worked with the puppetry of Jim Henson’s Muppets and performs professionally with his production company, Saturn V Productions, throughout the country as time permits. A delicious hot buffet luncheon is included, so please lunch and laugh with us!
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