Lifelong Learning announces Spring classes

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 by: Helene Sheets | Category: Education

The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is pleased to offer the following classes that begin or are offered in February and March 2019. All classes are held at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. To review the entire list of Spring 2019 Lifelong Learning classes, visit or email To register, please call 419-824-3707. --------------------------------------- Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn Instructor: Dr. Adam Hodge Fridays, Feb. 8, 15, & 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. Cost: $22 for members; $34 for non-members Nearly 150 years after it happened, the defeat of George Armstrong Custer’s Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn remains one of the least understood and most controversial events in American history. This three-part class examines Custer’s life and actions leading up to June 25, 1876, the events of that fateful day on the grasslands of Montana, and subsequent public memory and debate of the man and the battle. Dr. Adam Hodge, Associate Professor of History at Lourdes, specializes in early American, environmental, and Native American History. He earned degrees from Thiel College (B.A.), Kent State University (M.A.), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Ph.D). Crocheting: Starting Stitches Instructor: Mary Jo Blohm Tuesdays, February 9, 12 & 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fireside Room, St. Agnes Hall Cost: $42 for members; $54 for non-members Learn to crochet! One stitch at a time, this course will cover the basic fundamentals of crocheting. Class size is limited to allow for individual attention. Basic materials will be supplied to get you started! Mary Jo Blohm is retired and enjoys traveling, reading and crafting. She was introduced to crocheting at an early age and has taught herself to follow various patterns and create individualized projects. Some of her crocheted items are sold at All Good Things. English Artists of the 18th & 19th Centuries Instructor: Chris Rilling Tuesday, February 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: $20 for members; $32 for non-members After the Royal Academy was founded in London, a great flowering of English landscape paintings developed as well as a distinct style and tradition in portraiture. Although France was the focus of the art world, English artists produced some of the most important landscapes, portraiture, and history paintings of the time. Chris Rilling is both an educator and artist. After receiving a Masters in Art Education from The University of Toledo, Chris taught art and art history at Owens Community College and Northview High School. Great Decisions – 2019 Instructor: Hugh Grefe Wednesdays, Feb. 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20 & 27; April 3 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost: $83 for members; $94 for non-members Do you want to know the story behind the biggest stories in global news? Join America's largest discussion program on world affairs. Each year the Foreign Policy Association selects eight critical issues, and this year the topics range from nuclear security to U.S. - China trade to the rise of populism in Europe. Read a chapter in the briefing book at home, then watch a televised segment at the start class before diving into a spirited discussion of the most critical global issues facing America today. The textbook required for this class, Great Decisions, is available online and at the Lourdes bookstore for $32. Facilitator and recent participant Hugh Grefe earned a Master of Arts in History at The University of Toledo and has served in a variety of senior staff and board roles in the greater Toledo community. In 2002, he was awarded a Fannie Mae Foundation Fellowship to participate in the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Let’s Talk Character and Ethics Instructors: Bill Clark and Lynn Doty Wednesdays, February 20 & 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: $22 for members; $34 for non-members What’s the right thing to do? The answer’s not always clear, especially when you consider these complex, 21st century situations. Class will start with a video about a real-life ethical dilemma, then the group will make decisions which in turn lead to additional choices and different outcomes. “In Pursuit of Ethics” is an interactive, cloud based educational tool that follows different ethical dilemmas and their varied outcomes. Developed by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation, the goal is to stimulate honest, fair behavior by addressing issues of respect, responsibility, and the courage to make hard decisions. Lynn Doty is the Director of Ethics for the BBB Foundation. Lynn has overseen the revitalization of the “In Pursuit of Ethics” video program, adding new modules and overseeing its implementation into school systems and use in continuing education credits for adults in several professions. This unique program is also being expanded to Better Business Bureaus in a number of cities in North America. After retiring from a career in radio, Bill Clark returned to Toledo, his hometown, and became involved with the BBB Foundation and currently serves as President. Stories from Behind Bars Instructor: Dr. Patricia Schnapp Fridays, March 1 & 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: $29 for members; $41 for non-members Just what are they like? Felons serving time in prison for murder, drug-dealing, domestic violence, and armed robbery are actually just like us! Over 30 years of volunteer teaching at a nearby state prison has given Sr. Pat insight and provided some interesting anecdotes. The men behind bars are eager to learn and to share their opinions, and sometimes share their own stories. Learn what’s myth and what’s true about prison from someone who chooses to visit our incarcerated brothers, then draw your own conclusions! Patricia Schnapp, Ph.D., is a retired professor of English, a poet, and a Sister of Mercy. Currently, she volunteers in prisons as a teacher and chaplain and at a homeless shelter. She continues to write. Spanish Conversation Instructor: Raquel Bravo Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 to11:30 a.m. Session 1: March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27; April 1 & 3 Session 2: April 22, 24, 29; May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 & 22 Cost per session: $58 for members; $70 for 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 will focus 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). This class will use the textbook Spanish for Dummies published by Susana Wald and Cecie Kraynak. 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! Witch Trials in Medieval and Early Modern Europe Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Sexton Mondays and Wednesdays, March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $58 for members; $70 for non-members The term witch has changed over time, encompassing various qualities in different countries and time periods. In this course we will examine the trials of people who were accused of being witches throughout Europe. We will explore how the definition changed, how the trials grew in number, and how the punishments for this crime intensified. Elizabeth Sexton has a Ph.D. in European History from The University of Toledo and the University of Lisbon. She received a Fulbright Grant and research fellowships from the Camões Institute, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Luso-American Foundation, allowing her to live in Portugal for several years. She has taught courses at The University of Toledo and Ohio Northern University. How to Listen to Music 2 Instructor: Dr. Christopher Williams Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1 & 8 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Cost: $64 for members; $76 for non-members There is no one correct way to listen to music, but we can all do a better job of doing so. The present class seeks to provide students with the tools they need to understand how musical works hold together, understand their place in culture, and be able to apply these skills to other pieces of music they will encounter. All these concepts will be delivered with the instructor’s patented humor and rich contextual background. Dr. Christopher Williams holds a Ph.D. in Music History and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught at The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, the Universität Salzburg, and in the joint program of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. He is considered an expert on the music of Fin-de-siècle Vienna. American Artists of the 18th & 19th Centuries Instructor: Chris Rilling Tuesday, March 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: $20 for members; $32 for non-members From the Colonial Period through the westward expansion, American artists recorded the creation of a new nation. Picture our country’s history unfolding on canvass! Taste Wine Like a Pro Instructor: Nicholas Kubiak Tuesday, March 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $25 for members; $37 for non-members Come and exercise your pallet as we dissect and discuss six different wines. Learn what to look for in a wine, how to smell it and taste it critically. We’ll work as a group to describe the key features of each wine. This class will help to sharpen your skills of discernment and build your wine vocabulary. A great opportunity for new wine drinkers to build their tasting skills and experienced wine drinkers to sharpen theirs. Students are welcomed to bring their own food for pairings, as food will not be provided. Nicholas Kubiak is a Certified Specialist of Wine and Spirits and a veteran of our local wine industry. Instructor: Dr. George Kertz Thursdays, March 7 & 14 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cost: $22 for members; $34 for non-members What does it mean to “beat the odds” and is it even possible? Come learn about popular games of chance and the probabilities behind betting. What are the odds for roulette, keno, even bingo? Find out what fair pay-offs would be for these games. It’s a fair bet you’ll take a chance with this class, whether you’re a gambler or not! As Professor Emeritus from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Toledo, George Kertz, Ph.D., has considerable experience teaching math and explaining its applications. Play Better Bridge Instructor: Ben Beazley Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30 & April 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: $87 for members; $99 for non-members Come and share our enjoyable and informative bridge classes! You can improve your bidding and playing by learning useful conventions to enhance your game. We will discuss bidding and defensive tactics used by many bridge experts. If you have a regular bridge partner, it would be helpful for you to take the course together; we will be bidding and playing in every session. A student book is included. 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; he 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. Glass Beads Instructor: Robin Schultes Session 1: Sundays, March 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7 & 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Session 2: Mondays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13 & 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost per session: $165 Canticle Center 164 Learn to create one of a kind glass beads by lampworking, a type of glasswork in which a torch or lamp is primarily used to melt glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. Create your own unique beads to use in jewelry or other decorations. Registration required 2 weeks before the start of class. Printmaking Instructor: Patrick DuBreuil Sundays, March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 & 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $110 Canticle Center 165 Let your creativity flow in this introductory printmaking class! All you need is a creative spark and we will help with the rest. This printmaking class is an introduction to the Relief printing process, commonly referred to as linoleum printing or Lino-cut. Although some drawing experience is helpful, it is not required. Once you choose a favorite image we will patiently show you how to turn it into a work of art that you’ll be proud to share with your family and friends. Warning: come prepared to get dirty! Registration required 1 week before the start of class. Global Climate Disruption Instructor: Dr. Andy Jorgensen Tuesdays, March 12 & 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: $29 for members; $41 for non-members Climate change is a very intense topic in our country which finds its way into political, business and social conversations, often with vocal disagreement among participants. The course will include information on how we know about climate change and the role of humans in the process. The second session will focus on what we can do individually and collectively about the problem. Updated information from the National Climate Assessment published in November 2018 will be featured. Answers to common misconceptions raised by climate skeptics will be addressed. The course will utilize participant clickers in order to determine audience views and compare these to answers from other groups. Discussion of ideas will be encouraged. Dr. Andy Jorgensen is the Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Environmental Sciences at The University of Toledo & Senior Fellow, National Council for Science and the Environment. Dr. Jorgensen has studied the science of climate change and how best to present the facts about the problem to a wide range of audiences. American History Experienced Through Poetry: Post-Civil War through WWI Instructor: Dr. Shari O’Brien Wednesdays, March 13, 20, 27 & April 3 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: $72 for members; $84 for non-members History lovers and poetry lovers alike will be enlightened, amazed, and moved by exploring one of the most dynamic periods in our history through the eyes of America’s gifted poets. In the wake of the Civil War’s devastation, the nation underwent dramatic change. As we move through Reconstruction, the Gilded Era, and the dawn of the 20th century, we will learn, among other things, about Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee; the struggle for equality among freedmen and women; the Victorian obsession with death; Americans’ love affair with the circus and baseball; the labor and suffrage movements; the Spanish American War; Kitty Hawk, and the chaos of World War I. History will be illuminated through the lives and poems of famous writers like Dickinson, Stephen Vincent Benet, and Sandburg as well as works of men and women with whom you may be less familiar. This is an odyssey that will captivate you. Dr. Shari O’Brien earned an M.A. from the University of Michigan and a doctorate 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, she taught writing and poetry for twenty-seven years at The University of Toledo and continues today to practice law and write poetry. Simply Speaking Instructor: Max Kohr Tuesdays, March 19, 26 & April 2 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $32 for members; $44 for non-members Sharpen your speaking skills at this “how to” workshop. Whether you want to speak to a small group of friends or a larger audience, this course is sure to give you tips on how to get your points across. Preparation and presentation will be essential parts of this course, as well as introductions, table talk, storytelling and telling a joke. Overcome all trepidation in a comfortable and supportive environment as we strive to become more effective communicators. Max Kohr is a seasoned speaker, workshop presenter and Distinguished Toastmaster. My Big Fat Greek Wine Class Instructor: Nicholas Kubiak Tuesday, March 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $25 for members; $37 for non-members Explore this historic wine country and learn how wine has been woven into the Greek culture for the last 6,000+ years! We’ll discuss everything from Agiorgitiko (a red Greek wine grape variety) to Dionysus. You’ll experience six amazingly structured and versatile wines that are terroir-driven and truly representative of Greece. Students are welcomed to bring their own food for pairings, as food will not be provided. Sherman’s March to the Sea Instructor: Dr. Dwayne Beggs Thursdays, March 21, 28, April 4 & 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. Cost: $29 for members; $41 for non-members In 1864, William Tecumseh Sherman pushed Confederate forces out of Atlanta, Georgia and began his infamous march to the sea. During his march Sherman would engage in Total War which impacted both civilians and southern soldiers. Having reached Savannah, Georgia, Sherman turned his attention toward Charleston, South Carolina and then Richmond, Virginia – serving as the anvil while Grant and his army took on the role of the hammer. The combined actions of Generals Sherman and Grant would bring about an end to the Civil War. In the North Sherman was a hero while southerners viewed Sherman as a villain. Join us as we take an in depth look at Sherman’s historical march to the sea. Dr. Dwayne Beggs has taught popular classes on many military conflicts for Lifelong Learning. Dr. Beggs earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in U.S. Diplomatic History from Bowling Green State University. He also holds an M. Div. and served as a Youth Pastor/Associate Pastor for 22 years. World War II Stolen & Looted Art Instructor: Albert Geha Friday, March 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. Cost: $17 for members; $29 for non-members World War II was a fascinating period in world history which continues to influence the present state of affairs of today. This class will focus on the influence stolen art treasures had on the war and its legacy. It was not well known that wholesale looting, particularly in the world of art, took place in many countries and was part of deliberate strategies. This looting and outright thievery was perpetrated by not only the Axis but also, to some extent, the Allied nations. Albert Geha, Ed.S., has developed his love of art through his work as a docent at the Toledo Museum of Art. He also has teaching experience from working in Washington Local Schools for 11 years after earning his Education Specialist degree from The University of Toledo. Now You See It... Instructor: Barbara Mauter Friday, March 22 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Cost: $19 for members; $31 for non-members …Now you don't! Our world is full of things that are not as they seem. Join this eye-opening class exploring optical illusions. Learn about the time when optical illusions were first created, how have they been used, and explore some of the fun and mystery behind them. A fun and thought provoking class that will certainly play tricks on your eyes. Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with over 20 years’ experience teaching college. 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 our minds work. She is known for her critical thinking class activities. Hands-on Chemistry Fun Instructor: Dr. Joanna Hinton Tuesdays, March 26 & April 2 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $22 for members; $34 for non-members Are you ready to experiment? Learn colorful, fun, safe, hands-on experiments to WOW your friends, grandkids, and yourself! All the experiments we do in class will have clear instructions and chemistry explanations so you can easily do them at home. No fancy equipment needed. Come see real changes before your eyes! Joanna Hinton received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University and worked in the pharmaceutical industry at Procter & Gamble, Parke-Davis and Pfizer. Currently she teaches chemistry at The University of Toledo and volunteers with the American Chemical Society, Read for Literacy, and Metroparks of Toledo. Mediterranean Wines From Spain and France Instructor: Nicholas Kubiak Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $25 for members; $37 for non-members Discover the regions along the Mediterranean coast and learn what makes this area’s wines so unique and versatile. Taste a variety of wines from the area and discuss how the wine making style is deeply connected to the life and climate of this vast coastal region. Students are welcomed to bring their own food for pairings, as food will not be provided. Health Care Breakthroughs: are they available in Toledo? Instructor: Marya Czech Friday, March 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $19 for members; $31 for non-members We are barraged with commercials for new medications –and encouraged to suggest them to our doctors– whether or not we have the symptoms. These medications represent new approaches to disease treatment and are part of a totally new repertoire of disease management. The presentation will explore the new possibilities of treatments for cancers, heart and cardiovascular disease, and obesity-related disorders. Will these be available in Toledo health care systems, and will our insurance providers consider covering these treatments? Marya Czech is a retired professor from the Lourdes University Biology Department and currently works as a regional environmentalist.

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