The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is pleased to offer free online classes during the months of June, July and August. All Lifelong Learning events are live presentations broadcast using the Zoom platform. Anyone may join using a computer, tablet, smart phone, or traditional telephone. To join any of these classes please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
During this extraordinary time when so many cultural venues are closed, Lifelong Learning is working to make engaging events available to more people by waiving all registration and membership fees.
The mission of supporting an intellectual and social community of engaged adult learners, including people from all backgrounds and levels of education, continues whether our events are online or on the Lourdes University campus. Lifelong Learning classes are offered for the sheer joy of learning with no tests, exams, or grades. Lifelong Learning classes are taught by Lourdes instructors and members of the community with enthusiasm for sharing their expertise.
Afternoon Tea Sampler
Instructor: Kristin Baldeschwilder
Wednesdays, June 17-July 22
Kristin has taught a range of classes for Lifelong Learning over the last 15 years. Join her on Wednesday afternoons for a sampler of favorite course topics from previous years. Topics will include Lourdes University Art & Architecture, Art Nouveau, the Cathedrals of England, Iconography of the Saints, Chinese Art, and the Castles of Germany.
Kristin Baldeschwiler, a 2003 graduate of Lourdes, received her BA in Art History, works in medical education and currently serves as the Historian for the Toledo Federation of Arts & Sciences.
Forgotten Visitors to Northwest Ohio: Mark Twain 1869
Instructor: Tedd Long
Tuesday, June 23 11:00 – Noon
It’s been said that the tour of 1868-1869 was the most significant in Mark Twain’s entire career as a public lecturer. While it wasn’t Twain’s first tour, it was his first widespread one, lasting an entire lecture season and covering a large swath of the United States. It was also his first under the management of a lecture bureau and it opened the door for him to earn a profitable living through storytelling. Although Twain’s 1869 visit to Toledo was well received, it came with some reservation and nervousness on the part of the great American storyteller. Join us to learn why.
The Future of Work
Instructor: Hugh Grefe
Tuesday, June 23 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Tuesday, June 30 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Topics such as workplace conditions, income, technology, and globalization are important to workers everywhere. The first meeting of this class will be a structured discussion about jobs and how they are changing. Before the second class, watch the 2020 Oscar-winning documentary American Factory on your own. The movie will be the platform for discussion in the second meeting.
The film American Factory documents the revitalization of one long-shuttered factory in Dayton, Ohio while providing a starting glimpse into an economic overhaul playing out in towns and cities across the country and the world. The film does not promote an ideology or political agenda, but instead tells a powerful, personal story about how globalization and the loss of industrial jobs affects workers, communities, and the future of work.
American Factory is available on Netflix. If you do not have a Netflix subscription, a free trial is available. To promote discussion, this class is limited to the first 12 people who register via email to email@example.com.
Facilitator 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 for the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Planning Ahead: Medical Care & Benefits
Instructor: Chris Cremean
Wednesday, June 24 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
As medical needs arise, the course of action to address those needs is largely determined by your medical team, health insurance coverage, and in which setting the care can be delivered. This class will help you to better understand your benefits and options, including skilled/intermediate/home care, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and managed care (HMO/PPO).
Women Who Paved the Way: Exploring Women Homesteaders and Suffragists
Instructor: Speaker from the Homestead National Monument of America
Friday, June 26 11:00 am – Noon
The Homestead Act of 1862 was gender-blind, thereby allowing women to claim 160 acres of land just like men could. As women homesteaders were helping to homestead the west, suffragists fought to secure the right to vote for women across the United States. The Homestead Era and
Women's Suffrage movement were intertwined and left a tremendous impact on
history. In this lesson students and a park ranger will explore how women homesteaders and suffragists broke down gender barriers and paved the way for modern women. With the promise of Free Land, the Homestead Act of 1862 enticed millions to cultivate the frontier. Families, immigrants, women, and formerly enslaved people flooded 10 percent of the nation’s land to chase their American Dream. American Indian cultures and natural environments gave way to diverse settlement, agricultural success, and industrial advancement— building our nation and changing the land forever. Homestead National Monument of America, a unit of the National Park System, interprets the Homestead Act of 1862 and tells the stories of the homesteading era.
Instructor: Chris Cremean
Wednesday, July 1 10:00 – 11:00 am
It is important to have good healthy habits so you can function at your highest level. We will discuss how to choice options in the areas of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health that will enable you to be your best and ready to take care of others.
The Worst Epidemics and Pandemics in History
Instructor: Marya Czech
Tuesday, June 30 10:30 – 11:30 am
An international medical report from 2012, indicated that a total of 56 contagious diseases were responsible for 2.5 billion cases of illness and 2.7 million deaths across
the globe each year. These illnesses included rabies, toxoplasmosis, Q fever, Dengue
fever, avian influenza, Ebola, and anthrax. How does our current COVID-19 outbreak
compare to other pandemics recorded in human history?
America’s Signs & Symbols
Instructor: Speaker from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Wednesday, July 1 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Thursday, July 2 10:00 – 11:00 am
Please note: The identical presentation will be given twice, once on 7/1 and once on 7/2, so that the group will not be too large for questions and discussion. Please attend only once so we can accommodate as many people as possible.
Artists use familiar icons such as the
Statue of Liberty, the bald eagle, and the American flag to communicate their ideas
about American culture and encourage examination of our society. Through an active
discussion of works depicting America’s signs and symbols, this presentation will address several interconnected topics: the differences between signs and symbols; the historical context and symbolic meanings of American icons; the role of symbols in the expression of national identity, personal ideas, and social commentary; and interpretation of artworks depicting our nation’s signs and symbols.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation’s first collection of American art, is dedicated to collecting, understanding, and enjoying American art.
The Museum celebrates the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the
American experience and global connections.
Presidents of the 19th Century
Instructor: Dr. Dwayne Beggs
Thursdays, July 2-16 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Some of the most notable United States Presidents of the 19th century were Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, U.S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley. Each week we will examine one of these Presidents in detail, paying particular attention to just how they handled the domestic issues that arose during their time in office.
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 BGSU. He also holds an M. Div. and served as a Youth Pastor / Associate Pastor for 22 years.
Summer Shakespeare, at Home!
Instructor: Dr. Susan Shelangoskie
Mondays and Wednesdays, July 6-22 11:00 am – Noon
Since the 1570s, summertime has meant audiences have gathered together to watch Shakespeare's plays performed, from the original Globe theatre, to a park near you. This summer, we can only gather virtually, but it is still possible to watch and appreciate
the value of performance and adaptation of Shakespeare's works. In this class, we will
discuss Shakespeare's original works and watch innovative adaptations of 3
Shakespeare plays to start lively discussions about what adaptation means and why it is
culturally important. The plays/films we will work with are Richard III (film: 1995 adaptation directed by Richard Loncraine), Macbeth (film: Scotland PA), and Much Ado about Nothing (film: 2012 adaptation directed by Joss Whedon). No previous experience with these plays or reading Shakespeare required—just bring your curious mind, willingness to participate, and popcorn!
Dr. Susan Shelangoskie is a Professor of English at Lourdes University. She teaches courses in British and world literature, and specializes in Victorian literature, technology, and culture. Her scholarly work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Victorian Culture and Nineteenth-Century Contexts.
Beethoven at 250: Beneath the Surface
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Williams
Monday, July 6 – 20
3:30 – 5:00 pm
2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Around the world, celebrations, retrospectives, complete cycles of the symphonies, piano sonatas, string quartets, and special productions of the opera Fidelio have been planned, though obviously the worldwide pandemic has forced postponement and put many of these events at risk. Rather than rehash the most famous of Beethoven’s works, the aim of this class is to spend three meetings exploring important, landmark compositions that may be less familiar to the casual listener. Among the pieces to be discussed are his Fourth Symphony, his song cycle “To the Distant Beloved,” the “Archduke” piano trio, the “Hammerklavier” piano sonata, his last string quartet (op.135), Fidelio, and the Missa Solemnis.
How do History and Culture Affect Perceptions of Disease?
Instructor: Marya Czech
Tuesday, July 7 10:30 – 11:30 am
Cultural factors can make disease prevention and treatment challenging for the medical community. Disease can be perceived as punishment, imbalance in self or community, may lead to ostracism, as in the case of leprosy and HIV-AIDS. There are cultures in which eliminating disease results in eliminating the individuals who have that disease. The presentation will provide historic and current examples of diverse approaches
to disease conditions.
Narratives & Tutelage from the First Peoples
Instructor: Barbra Mautler
Thursday, July 9 10:00 - Noon
Explore some of the Native American lessons one might apply to our present day. Plan to join Barbara Mauter in this insightful workshop, where she will share selected
readings from her collection of Native American literature, along with a few of her own experiences.
Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with over 20 years' experience teaching college. She has taught and presented various workshops for UT, BGSU, Monroe County Community College, and Lifelong Learning at Lourdes University. She is known for her critical thinking class activities. Barbara’s interests center around how our minds work, reading, thinking, and Native American culture and history.
The History of Slavery at Monticello
Instructor: Speaker from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Thursday, July 30 3:00 – 4:00 pm
The year 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans kidnapped and brought to the United States to be sold into slavery. Slavery has been a part of the United States of America since its inception, and many founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson, were slaveowners. This virtual field trip uses Monticello as a lens through which to examine these questions: How could the author of the Declaration of Independence own slaves? How could twenty percent of the population of the new United States, founded on the principles of liberty and equality, live in bondage? What was life like for enslaved people in the early republic? Learn about the enslaved men, women, and children who lived at Monticello, and the impact that slavery had on the early American republic and beyond. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia, was the center of his world. Monticello encompassed a house, an ornamental landscape, a farm, a plantation, a small mountain, and a large and diverse community.
Monticello is a National Historic Landmark and the only house in the United States designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, a private nonprofit corporation, purchased Monticello and has instituted numerous research and educational programs as well as major restoration and renovation projects.
Equal Rights Amendment: Past, Present, and Future
Instructor: Dr. Chelsea Griffis
Tuesday, August 4 11:00 – Noon
In this talk, Dr. Chelsea Griffis explores the complicated history over the Equal Rights Amendment. While the proposed amendment would have mandated equal rights for all people regardless of biological sex, the debate over it was anything but simple. While some women supported the ERA as the next logical extension of women's rights, many women opposed it, imagining that equality with men was not as valuable as women's perceived privilege. Why did women support the amendment? Why were some women against it? The answers to these questions can teach much about the present-day struggle for the ERA.
Dr. Chelsea Griffis is an Associate Lecturer in History at the University of Toledo where she teaches classes on the history of women, ethnicity and immigration, and the LGBTQ community in the United States. Her work on the Equal Rights Amendment has previously been published in Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies.
Remembering the “Greatest Generation”
Instructor: Dr. Steve Bare
Wednesday, August 5 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Memorializing the 'Greatest Generation,' that is the generation that fought WWII, at home, and on global battlefields, began in earnest in the U.S. in the mid- 1990s. This course addresses some of the ways in which the Greatest Generation has been memorialized through built environment pieces - monuments, memorials, and cemeteries - as well as cultural production such as cinema, TV shows, books, and other items. The course concludes with a vigorous debate on whether American society has gone too far, or not far enough, in remembering this pivotal generation.
Dr. Steve Bare is an Instructor at Defiance College. Dr. Bare’s research and teaching specializations focus on how Americans craft historical memory of conflicts from the Civil War through WWII. He has Masters degrees in both applied history and education, as well as a doctorate in history.
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, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. 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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