Lourdes announces January & February Lifelong Learning Classes
All events offered online
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The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program announces a new selection of presentations. Hear speakers with interesting stories, none of which are prerecorded. Connect with other interested people and learn something unexpected! 

All events are offered online through Zoom.  

To register or for more information, call (419) 824-3707 or email lifelong@lourdes.edu

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Seeing Things Our Way: Art as Propaganda 

Presenter: Gene Wisnieski 

Friday, February 19 

10:00am to 11:00am 

Free with no registration required. 


Meeting ID: 871 1459 2061 


Visual art has been employed as propaganda since the days of the early Greeks, often in works that few people now would suspect were intended as such. Learn about the secret messages communicated by royal portraits, and the one thing all propaganda images have in common. Special emphasis is placed on the cataclysmic events of the 20th century, and its demand for art capable of mobilizing multitudes—to fight, to survive, to obey.  


Artist, writer, lecturer, teacher, and creator Gene Wisniewski has taught at several institutions including New York University, 92nd St. Y, and Soho House New York. His first book, “The Art of Looking at Art,” was published in 2020. 



Female Healers in Medieval and Early Modern Europe 

Presenter: Elizabeth Sexton, Ph.D.  

Monday, January 25-Monday, February 15 



There was a time when women were both admired and feared for their ability to heal through herbs, prayers, and even spells. Without university degrees or licenses from authorities, their knowledge was passed down through generations of females. Learning from women who were sought out or harmed for their knowledge, we will explore attitudes about superstition, religion, medical practices, and the roles of women in Medieval and early modern Europe.  


Elizabeth Sexton has a Ph.D. in European History from the University of Toledo. She received a Fulbright Grant as well as research fellowships from the Camões Institute, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Luso-American Foundation and the National Archive in Portugal, allowing her to live in Portugal for several years. She has also taught courses at the University of Toledo and Ohio Northern University. 



Dirty Little Secrets 

Presenter: Karen Lucas 

Tuesday, January 26 



What is hiding in your closets, kitchen, or garage? Is the clutter threatening to take over? This is the time to get organized and tackle some of the most heavily used and cluttered areas of your home. This class will help you get started by sharing expert advice on the basics of good organization, simple organization systems to use, and clever space saving ideas. You will come away from this session feeling confident that you will know how to reclaim the important areas in your home in as little as a day.  


Presented by Karen Lucas, owner of Your Professional Organizer, a service she created in 2013 to help people transition to a simple, more organized, less stressful way of living. Karen is a member of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers. 

What Makes Us Sick? 

Presenter: Dr. Anjali D. Gray 

Wednesday, January 27-Wednesday, February 24 



When a person or animal becomes sick, we look for explanations. The answers have ranged from witches and curses to the environment and microorganisms. This course will analyze the biological, historical, cultural, ethical and scientific issues related to various human diseases and disorders. It will explore how science has progressed in detecting the causes of human diseases over the last few centuries.  


Dr. Anjali D. Gray is a professor in the department of Biology & Health Sciences at Lourdes University. She teaches a wide variety of classes from introductory biology to upper-level core courses and her favorite subject is genetics. 



The Civically Engaged Citizen—2  

Presenter: Hugh Grefe 

Tuesday, February 2-Tuesday, February 23 



This class gets its title from a book focused on the idea of community. What does it mean to be engaged in our community? Giving or serving, leading or associating? How do we encourage people to engage together on community matters? What can we learn by reflecting on the writings of commentators, poets, business leaders, and artists? This is your invitation to join the discussion addressing thought provoking questions. This class began in the fall semester, but you are welcome whether or not you participated last semester.  


The Civically Engaged Reader is a collection of more than forty provocative and diverse readings that range across literature, philosophy, and religion. These selections invite reflection on all kinds of civic-minded activities from authors ranging from Aristotle to Maya Angelou and Benjamin Franklin to Andrew Carnegie. Over four semesters, we will read different sections of this book published by the Great Books Foundation. 



Watts Up with Ohio’s Energy? 

Presenter: Tom Henry 

Wednesday, February 3-Wednesday, February 17 



Once upon a time, Ohioans got most of their electricity from coal-fired power plants and nuclear power plants. Times have changed quite a bit in recent years, starting with the era of deregulation and continuing today with the fallout from House Bill 6, which federal prosecutors have called the largest political scandal in the state's history. This class, led by one of America's longtime energy and environmental writers, will offer the layman a look at the various energy technologies in simple terms, including the pros and cons of more coal-fired and nuclear power, and the advantages/disadvantages of getting more natural gas and other fossil fuels from the continued fracturing, or "fracking" of shale bedrock, as well as the trade-offs and potential issues of a greater reliance on wind power, solar power, and other forms of renewable energy. The focus will be primarily through an Ohio lens, but we'll unstrap the horse blinders from time to time and take a look at how these issues are playing out across North America and the rest of the world, too. We won't end our planet's collective energy debates, but we'll have some lively discussions and learn more about how we got to where we are - and where we might go from here.  


Tom Henry is a member of Central Michigan University's Journalism Hall of Fame. He began his journalism career nearly 40 years ago. He has focused on Great Lakes environmental-energy issues for most of his 28 years at The (Toledo) Blade. His awards include major ones for continued, high-quality Great Lakes science communication over many years, including the first-ever Great Lakes Leadership Award issued in communications by the eightstate Great Lakes Protection Fund in 2019. 



Jazz in the Twentieth Century 

Presenter: Dr. Christopher Williams 

Monday, February 8-February 22 



Jazz is often referred to as America’s great musical art form. It certainly is American to its very core, forged from the fusion of blues, ragtime, and popular song in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Like so many currents through American culture, jazz is tied intimately to the racial experience in America, to the extent that even today its cultural provenance is hotly debated. This class will explore the history of jazz in three units. “The First Jazz Age” will trace the beginnings of jazz style in the ragtime artists and Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the 1910s through the careers of such artists as Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Sidney Bechet, Fletcher Henderson, who flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. “Be-Bop and Big Band” will examine the tensions 1940s and 1950s between the emergence of jazz as the dominant style in dance and popular music and a kind of arthouse spirit of experimentation. Artists to be discussed will include Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and John Coltrane. “Miles and Beyond” focuses on experimental artists like Miles Davis and how they sought to keep jazz in constant interaction with other popular music genres, including funk, R&B, fusion, and even rap music, as the artform grew to become an international style even as it faded from the forefront of American popular music.  



The Wine Shop Demystified 

Presenter: Nicholas Kubiak  

Thursday, February 11 



In this class we’ll cover how and where to find the best wines for you in a wine shop. We’ll discuss big box store stocking methods as well as boutique bottle shop theories and shopping online. Using Valentine’s Day as our focus, we’ll look for gems that will make our holiday sweet. Since this wine tasting class will be online, participants will be sent a list of wines to pick up or order from their favorite store before the class.  


Nicholas Kubiak is a Certified Specialist of Wine and Spirits and a veteran of our local wine industry.  



Islamic Medical Ethics 

Presenter: Bahu S. Shaikh, M.D. 

Wednesday, February 24 



The medical ethics taught in today’s medical schools derives basic values from the major religions of the world. This lecture will explore the contributions of the Muslim faith to complex issues that people have struggled with since ancient times, including death and dying, suicide, euthanasia, abortion, blood transfusion, organ donation and several other topics.  

Lourdes University 

Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, and organizational leadership. The University also offers a master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium 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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