Lourdes Lifelong Learning returns to in-person events for Summer 2021

Now that all  Lourdes University employees and students have been offered vaccines, the University is able to invite more people back to campus. This summer, most Lifelong Learning classes will be held in person, while some will be completely online.  Please see  individual event descriptions for more details.  

Lourdes University is following guidelines to keep everyone safe.  Masks  covering both nose and mouth are required of everyone.  Hand sanitizer dispensers  are available throughout campus.  Each classroom has cleanser and paper towels  so that each person may clean their table and chair after class.  

Classrooms have been rearranged for physical distancing and so can seat fewer people.  Classes will be capped according to the capacity of classrooms.  Registration forms will be processed in the order in which they are received. 

The Lifelong Learning Monthly Lecture Series aims to bring outstanding speakers to our community.  Though we have a long tradition of speakers coming to the Lourdes campus, this summer our speakers  will join us via Zoom.  You are invited to attend in person at the Lourdes University Franciscan Center.  Our doors will be open at 9:00 am, so please come early to socialize!  Alternatively, you may attend  online. 


For links to join these lectures via Zoom, please visit www.Lourdes.edu/Lectures 
Lifelong Learning Office: 419-824-3707 Computer Help Desk: 419-824-3807

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A Hero of Two Nations Free to all!

No registration required.

10:00 to 11:00 am, Friday, June 18 

A native of Muskegon, Michigan, Joe Beyrle had a typical small town upbringing until World War  II changed the world. Hear about his role in D-day, escapes from POW camps, and eventual work with  a Russian tank group. This is an incredible story of a young man thought to be the only American  soldier to have served with both the United States Army and the Soviet Red Army in World War II. 

Our speaker is from the USS Silversides Submarine Museum which aims to honor the men and  women of the military, preserve military history, and provide experiences that educate the public about  past and present military history and technology. The speaker will join us via Zoom from Muskegon,  Michigan. 


The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss

Free to all! No registration required.

10:00 to 11:00 am, Friday, July 16 

Located in Theodor Geisel’s hometown, the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum invites virtual  visitors to experience the author’s childhood in Springfield, Massachusetts. See recreations of his  favorite places in the city that inspired him to create some of his most iconic stories and interact with  some of the characters that made Dr. Seuss a household name. This tour also features a look into the  private life of Ted Geisel. Experience how he lived by examining his personal belongings from his home  in La Jolla, California and his “secret” art. 

Speaker Laura Sutter is the Program Coordinator at the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in  Springfield, Massachusetts. Ms. Sutter will be joining us via Zoom. 


Lebanon: Its Culture, Customs and Cuisine 

Najwa Badawi  

1:00 – 2:00 pm, Tuesday, June 8 

Lebanon may be a small country, but it  has tremendous history and political significance.  Bordered by Syria, Israel, and the Mediterranean  Sea, its culture has been influenced by ancient  Greeks and Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Turks,  and more recently the French. Its financial power  and stability through the 1950s and 1960s earned  Lebanon the moniker of "Switzerland of the East"  while so many tourists flocked to its capital,  Beirut, that it was known as "the Paris of the  

Middle East.” From Lebanon came the world’s  third best-selling poet of all time, Khalil Gibran.  Come learn about the culture of this fascinating  country. 

Najwa Badawi emigrated to the United  States from Lebanon when she was 10 years old,  along with her parents and brothers. She  graduated from the University of Toledo and is  currently employed as an English as a Second  language teacher, teaching ESL and American  Citizenship to immigrants and refugees from all  over the world. She and her husband, Ahmad,  are parents to two adult children.


Visualizing Honor, Service, and Sacrifice 

Speaker from the Smithsonian American Art  Museum 

10:30 – noon, Thursday, June 10 

This class will be held exclusively online. 

As sites of our national memory, American  Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)  cemeteries honor the service and sacrifice of US  soldiers overseas. As the national institution that  documents America’s stories through art, the  Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)  reveals key aspects of America’s culture and  history through its collection. 

Honor, sacrifice and service are themes  that artists and cemetery designers have brought  to life using many different forms of symbolism  and allegories. During this program,  

representatives of ABMC and SAAM help  contextualize the history of memorials,  monuments, and art in their “collections.”  Participants will compare what specific artworks  and cemeteries meant when first created versus  what they mean now. Explore the visual elements  of sculpture, architecture and 2-dimensional  works to understand how the design of their  respective compositions work together to convey  these themes. 


Seeing is Believing 

Sheila Otto 

10:00 – 11:00 am, Mondays 

June 14 – 28 (3 weeks) 

It’s easier than ever to take photographs,  particularly with cameras in our cell phones. Just  because the camera is quick and easy doesn't  mean you can't be intentional about your pictures.  Would you like to be more thoughtful in the way  you photograph images?  

This class is about focusing your eye and  heart more directly on your subject rather than  the mechanics of your camera. There will be time  to discuss contemplative photography, to look at  ways to deepen your seeing through different  reflection tools, and to share photos with the  class. There will be multiple hints on technique,  but that isn't the main focus. This class is for  anyone who enjoys taking pictures, regardless of  camera type. 

Sheila Otto is a storyteller and spiritual  director. She is the author of a photo/story book,  All Stories Are True, Some Actually Happened.  

How Stephen Sondheim Found His Sound and  Saved Broadway 

Dr. Christopher Williams 

3:30-5:00 pm, Mondays, June 14-28 (3 weeks)

This class will be held exclusively online. 

2020 marked the 90th anniversary of  Stephen Sondheim’s birth. Numerous gala  celebrations were planned but either took take  place over Zoom or had to be postponed.


Dr. Christopher Williams holds a Ph.D. in  Music History and Literature from the University  of California at Berkeley, and has taught at UT,  BGSU, the Universität Salzburg, and in the joint  program of the Cleveland Institute of Music and  Case Western Reserve University. 


Summer Shakespeare – a Scene Study

 Dr. Susan Shelangoskie 

10:00 – 11:00 am, Tuesday 

June 15 – 29 (3 weeks) 

In this class, we'll look at iconic scenes  from various Shakespeare plays–comedies,  drama, and romances. We will discuss these  moments within their original context and watch  them performed to analyze how they have been  adapted for different movies. Comparing scenes  across movies will increase your understanding of  Shakespeare and of how performance decisions  affect meaning in drama.  

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. 


From Damascus to Toledo 

Genevieve Geha Kirkbride 

1:00 - 2:30 pm, Tuesday, June 15 

Author Genevieve Geha Kirkbride has  written two very personal historical novels detailing  her family’s history. The story begins in Lebanon  and eventually reaches Toledo via Ellis Island in  1946. Her mother, Carmen, was pressured into an  arranged marriage to a much older man who could  promise her passage to America. Revisit the 1940s  and 50s in northwest Ohio through the eyes of this  reluctant immigrant. Genevieve describes Carmen’s  first impressions of downtown Toledo, the  Paramount Theater, and Toledo department stores. In addition to discussing Lebanese culture, she will  also address more difficult topics such as  discrimination and cultural bias.  

Genevieve grew up in a bilingual family  which gave her insight into the challenges of  language and cultural barriers that are prevalent in  an adopted country. Her sensitivity to these  differences and its impact led her to many avenues  of social activism. She has served as trustee of  Toledo Sister City International for many years and  worked to strengthen ties between Toledo and its  sister city, the Beqaa Valley region in Lebanon. 


Beyond the Frame: American History through  Artworks  

Speaker from the Smithsonian American Art  Museum 

10:00 - 11:30, Wednesdays 

June 16 - July 7 (4 weeks) 

This class will be held exclusively online. 

Artists give us a diverse window on  

American life, reflecting the cultural, social, and  political climate of the time in which they work.  Explore the question, “What does art reveal about  America?” as you examine better -and lesser known aspects of American history to reframe  your perspective. We will examine our country  through the eyes of diverse artists. 

This class will cover these four topics: 

• Seeing Is Thinking: Learn the languages of art • Early America 

• 1861-1941: 80 Years of Change 

• Contemporary Life: the post-War era 


History of the Democratic Party 

Dr. Dwayne Beggs 

10:00 – 11:00, Thursday 

June 17 – July 15 (5 weeks) 

This class will be held exclusively online. 

America was built on the foundation of  politics and political movements. At the outset  two distinct parties arose, the Federalists and the  Democratic-Republicans. The Democratic Republicans would drop the Republican portion of  their name, becoming the Democratic Party. Join  us as we trace the history of the Democratic Party  from its inception to the present. 

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.


The Best of Thinking Outside the Box 

Barbara Mauter 

1:00 – 2:00 pm, Wednesday, June 16  

We’ve brought together the best of the  challenging brain exercises from previous  semesters’ “Thinking Outside the Box” classes.  Are you ready for the challenge? Can you really  think outside the box? Plan on metacognitive  activities or "thinking about thinking". We will  probe lateral thinking, and you will take part in  challenging and thought-provoking puzzles to  stimulate your creative thinking. Attendance in  previous "Thinking Outside the Box" workshops is  not a prerequisite; just be sure to wear your  thinking cap!


Everyone is an Immigrant 

Marya Czech 

1:00 – 2:30 pm, Thursday, June 17 

We are fascinated with human beginnings as  portrayed in origin stories found across cultures,  religions, ethnicities, and nationalities. Today we  can add to our histories by studying ancient and  modern human DNA. Discover how scientists  shed light onto the travels of our ancestors, all of  whom were immigrants, and what enhanced their  survival. 

Instructor Marya Czech is a retired  

professor from the Lourdes University Biology  Department and currently works as a regional  environmentalist. 



Hugh Grefe 

1:30 – 3:00 pm, Tuesday, June 22 

The 2019 movie Parasite explores  

provocative questions about greed, class  discrimination, and the relationship between the  wealthy and destitute. This brilliantly layered look  

at social inequity stirs up provocative questions,  beginning with its title. We will delve into these  questions, and explore which end of the  economic spectrum is the parasite. 

Produced in Korean and available with  English subtitles, Parasite won four Academy  Awards including the distinction of becoming the  first non-English language film to win the  Academy Award for Best Picture. Please watch  the film before class. Parasite is available at the  Toledo Public Library as well as on Hulu and  Amazon Prime.  

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 addition to  facilitating Lifelong Learning classes, Hugh is  involved in a number of organizations, including a  ukulele choir.  


What's so Historic about Northwest Ohio? 

Ted J. Ligibel 

3:00 – 4:30 pm, Wednesdays 

June 23 – 30 (2 weeks) 

What makes a place historic? With a  

veteran historian and preservationist, dive into the  origins of historic preservation, learn to decipher  historic designations and vintage architecture,  and experience virtual visits to some of the area's  most significant historic places. 

Ted J. Ligibel has over 47 years’  

experience in historic preservation having been  involved in dozens of efforts to save historic  places in Ohio and Michigan. He  

learned the ropes in preservation before there  even were any and ran the nation's  

largest graduate program in  

Historic Preservation at Eastern Michigan  University, retiring from there in 2020. He has  written several history and architecture books and  holds a few degrees which he will reveal if  asked. Hope to see you in the past!  


How Do Ancestry Tests Work? 

Marya Czech 

1:00 – 2:30 pm, Thursday, June 24 

Commercial genetic testing companies  offer ancestry services, promising both to connect  long-lost relatives and to tell users from which part of the world their ancestors came. These  companies rely on the Human Genome Project,  an endeavor that sequenced and mapped all the  genes of our species, Homo sapiens. Personal genome sequencing has also been promoted for  identifying genetic conditions based on  inheritance. This class will examine how these  tests are performed and how much useful  information they supply. 


In This Moment 

Diana DePasquale 

10:30 – noon, Friday, June 25 

Connecting with other people has been  difficult this past year, so come try a new way to  communicate. Laughter is a key ingredient! Try  interactive games and activities designed to teach  improvisational comedy in a relaxed setting.  Practice listening, trusting, and being present in  the moment. Don’t worry that you’re not funny  enough—just come have fun! The value of  comedy goes far beyond the stage, and if  laughter really is the best medicine, then improv  can be a happy cure. 

Diana DePasquale is one of the co 

founders of Glass City Improv and began her  improv career in New York, performing on many  of the city's famed stages. 


The Jazz Worlds of Duke Ellington 

Dr. Christopher Williams 

3:30-5:00 pm, Mondays, July 5-19 (3 weeks) This class will be held exclusively online. 

For nearly 50 years, Edward Kennedy  “Duke” Ellington blazed a trail through the world  of jazz, first capturing the imagination of the  Harlem Renaissance, and creating a uniquely  innovative approach to big band sound; then with  the aid of the brilliant arranger Billy Strayhorn  creating some of the most iconic hits of the big  band era; and then, as jazz faded as a popular  music, Strayhorn and Ellington took the band into  new genres: quasi orchestral suites and tone  poems, and even film scores, such as the 1959  Otto Preminger film Anatomy of a Murder. In  three classes, we will take a chronological view of  Ellington’s remarkable career, discussing his  various musical collaborators, his impact on  popular culture, and the increasingly broad and  

innovative tapestry of style and sound that made  him arguably the most diverse artist in the history  of jazz, at least until the emergence of Miles  Davis. We will also address the changing role of  jazz in American culture.


Secrets of the Empire 

Kathy & Joseph Dowd 

10:00 – noon, Wednesday, July 14 

Are you enchanted by Pride and Prejudice and the romantic apparel of the early 1800s?  Attend this session to see the splendid clothes,  as well as what lay beneath! The program will  feature both slides and living history interpreters  who will demonstrate the apparel of both  gentlemen and ladies from the Empire period.  Proper etiquette of the period will also be  discussed. 

Kathy Dowd is a living history interpreter  and historic seamstress and Curator at the  Maumee Valley Historical Society. Joseph Dowd  is a living history interpreter and historic tailor and  Volunteer Coordinator at River Raisin National  Historic Battlefield Park. 


The Great Depression: Causes and  Consequences 

Dr. Chelsea Griffis  

2:00 – 3:30 pm, Thursday, July 15 

In this class, Dr. Chelsea Griffis will  

explore the many causes of the Great Depression  and how this economic crisis became one of the  worst in American history. Additionally, through  exploring social history, we will discuss and think  critically about the ways that diverse Americans  experienced the Great Depression in different  ways. Finally, students will be asked to participate  by sharing their knowledge of the lived  experience of the depression, whether through  family memories or through history they have  learned previously. 

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.



Hugh Grefe 

1:30 – 3:00 pm, Tuesday, July 20 

Modern America’s nomads are transient  older adults, casualties of the Great Recession,  living “houseless” in their vehicles. The movie  Nomadland portrays a nearly invisible subculture  of temporary jobs and a frayed safety net. Join us  for a discussion of self-reliance, employment, and  today’s American dream. 

Based on the book by Jessica Bruder, the  film Nomadland won awards from the Golden  Globes and nominations for six Oscars in 2021.  Watch it on Hulu or Amazon Prime prior to class.


Wines of Spain 

Nicholas Kubiak 

6:30 – 8:30 pm, Thursday, July 22 

This class will be held exclusively online. 

Spain is known for beautiful beaches,  cathedrals and enticing foods; so naturally their  wines would have the same intrigue and  excitement. You won't have to run with the bulls  to learn about this great country! In this class,  we'll discuss the Spanish wine regions, history  and culinary treasures. There will be a suggested  wine list sent out before the class so you can taste along as we delve into everything that Spain  has to offer. 

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

How to connect to Lifelong Learning online: 

Lifelong Learning will use the Zoom platform for online events. We are doing our best to make it easy and safe for everyone!  Zoom works on your computer, tablet, and smart phone. 

If you have any questions please call the Lourdes University Help Desk at 419-824-3708.  

Step 1: Emails from Lifelong Learning will include  links that you can click and then a new web browser window will open. Lifelong Learning class links will look like this: 

https://lourdes.zoom.us/j/86230568183 Click “Open Zoom Meetings” if you have used Zoom previously. 

Alternatively, go to the Zoom website (www.Zoom.com) and click “Join a 

Meeting”. Type in the meeting ID, which will look like this: 862 3056 8183 

Step 2: Only if you have never used Zoom before, click “download & run Zoom” This will install and launch the Zoom Meeting app. Step 3: If you are asked to “Choose an  application to open the zoommtg link” then click  the “Open Link” button. 

Step 4: Choose an audio option. 

If your computer has a speaker and a microphone, choose “Join with Computer Audio.” If it doesn’t, then choose “Phone Call,” and follow the instructions on how to call into the meeting. 

Links for classes will be sent via email. Links for monthly lectures will be posted on our website  (www.Lourdes.edu/Lectures) and will also be sent via email. 


Zoom Feature 1: Mute 

Click on this icon to turn off your microphone. You will be able to hear the speaker, but they will not hear you. Just click it again to unmute yourself when you want to speak. 

Zoom Feature 2: Stop Video 

This works the same way as the mute button, but for your video camera. If you do not want to be seen, click this button to hide your image from everyone else. 

Zoom Feature 3: End Meeting 

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