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Lourdes Fall 2021 Events
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The following events are scheduled for Fall 2021 at Lourdes University.  In addition to these lectures and events, Lifelong Learning offers engaging and social classes. Most classes will be held on the Lourdes University campus, some will be offered online, and a few will be hybrid.  There is a nominal fee to join a class. For more information, call (419) 824-3707 or visit www.Lourdes.edu/Lifelong

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You’re Not Going to Wear THAT, Are You?
OCTOBER 22 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Chris Rilling

It’s likely that’s what Adam heard from his wife the first time he donned that fig leaf. For thousands of years ever since, fashion has been a source of contention. We will cover the history of clothing from the caveman to the 21st century.

Chris Rilling is both an educator and artist. After receiving a master’s in art education from the University of Toledo, Chris taught art and art history at Owens Community College and Northview High School.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707

 

Lourdes Choir Concert

OCTOBER 22 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Lourdes University Chorale presents a Choir Concert on October 22 at the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania at 7 pm in the theater. The Lourdes Chorale is directed by Betsy Bellavia.

For more information about the event or the Chorale, please email ebellavia@lourdes.edu.

Creative Christmas Cards
OCTOBER 22 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sr. Roselynn Humbert

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Fridays

Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 12 (3 weeks)

Craft your own unique Christmas greeting cards with experienced card maker Sister Roselynn. Each class will provide you with instructions and materials for 3 cards. Tap into your artistic side with projects that can be completed in a short time with a minimum of materials. Techniques used in this class will include die cutting, embossing, watercolor, stamping, and using stickers.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707.

The Roots of American Musical Theater
OCTOBER 25 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Dr. Christopher Williams

3:30 – 5:00 pm, Mondays

Oct. 25 – Nov. 8 (3 weeks)

Class exclusively online

When people think about the history of American musical theater, they tend to think first about the great post-war musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, and others. Or they think about the worldly, sophisticated shows of Leonard Bernstein or Stephen Sondheim. Or, possibly, they think of the golden age of musicals by Tin Pan Alley composers like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin in the 1920s and 1930s. But the American Musical earned its start thanks to a hybrid form of popular music imported from Europe: the operetta. The 19th century musical world showed an increasing cleft between “great music” aimed at the concert hall and popular music, and this was true of musical theater as well. The first popular shows on Broadway were imports, by Gilbert and Sullivan, Offenbach, and Johann Strauss, Jr. (the latter two in translation). The first successful Broadway composers were immigrants: the Irish-born Victor Herbert, Hungarian-born Sigmund Romberg, and Czech-born Rudolph Friml. In three classes, students will consider shows like H.M.S. Pinafore, the Pirates of Penzance, Orpheus in the Underworld, and the Merry Widow; Herbert’s Babes in Toyland, Mlle. Modiste, Eileen, Naughty Marietta, Friml’s Vagabond King and Rose-Marie; Romberg’s Student Prince, Desert Song, and the New Moon; the Ziegfield Follies, and some of the early 1920s shows of Tin-Pan Alley composers.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707.

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Nixon and Watergate
OCTOBER 26 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
John Scott

3:30 – 5:00 pm, Tuesdays

Oct. 26 – Nov. 16 (4 weeks)

Richard Nixon is one of the most divisive politicians of the twentieth century. Elected in 1968 by one of the slimmest margins in American history, his administration had unparalleled success on the world stage reestablishing diplomatic relations with China, urging détente with the Soviet Union, and ending the Vietnam War. Nixon’s success should have been his legacy as he was reelected in 1972 by one of the biggest landslides in American history. However, one event few paid attention to at the time would shock the nation and bring down a presidency. What happened in Watergate, who was involved, and perhaps more importantly, why did it happen?

John Scott is a Lourdes University history alumnus who completed a research project on the Kennedys under the direction of Dr. Dwayne Beggs.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707.

A Visit to Ohio’s National Park Sites: America’s Best Idea
OCTOBER 27 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Jan Whitaker

The US National Park Service administers 63 National Parks, but there are actually a total of 423 units in the system. These include military and battlefield parks, historical sites and parks, lakeshores, memorials, monuments, parkways, preserves, recreation areas, wild and scenic rivers, scenic trails, and seashores.  Although Ohio has only one National Park, it has seven other sites of historic and natural significance. Join us on a brief overview of these locations and learn more about what Ohio has to offer!

An inveterate traveler, willing to go anywhere anytime, Jan Whitaker is an Ohio native with a lifelong interest in the history of our state. Previously Jan spoke about the 1,200 mile Buckeye Trail and shared personal stories of her hike.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707.

Effects of Vatican II on the Catholic Church
OCTOBER 28 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Paul Mueller

1:30 – 3:30  Thursdays

Oct. 28 – Nov. 18 (4 weeks)

The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) changed the Catholic Church deeply in many ways. We will examine the council and the changes it brought about which are still felt today. For example, the council decided that Catholic Mass no longer needed to be exclusively in Latin and that lay people could be more involved in the operations of the Church. We will look at several of the documents decreed by the Council Fathers and consider how they have been put into action. These changes continue to confuse some and confound others. Discussion will be encouraged as we examine how Catholics today continue to feel the impact of Vatican II.

Paul Mueller is an adjunct instructor of theology at Lourdes University. He received his Master of Arts degree in theology at Lourdes in 2011, and his doctorate in theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 2021. He is an active member of St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania, Ohio.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707.

Voices of the Natives: Alive in Words
NOVEMBER 1 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Barbara Mauter

Celebrate Native American Heritage month with poetry and writings from First Peoples. Discover the grounding of Native writing along with its beauty. The theme of interconnectedness will be explored through the voices of various Native American writers and artists. Stories which were historically passed down and shared through oral (spoken) language have now been transcribed to preserve this cultural heritage. Copies of select poems will be shown in Native tongue beside an English translation.

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.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707.

The Crossroads Café: Coffee House Wisdom
NOVEMBER 2 @ 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Sheila Otto

9:30 -11:00 am, Tuesdays

Nov. 2 – 16 (3 weeks)

The world is full of wise people who have shared their light across the centuries. Storyteller, spiritual director Sheila Otto invites you to visit an imaginary café which attracts wise women and men from across cultures and centuries. Through Sheila’s storytelling you will have a chance to meet some poets, scientists, mystics and teachers. In the comfort of this exotic café, we will talk with them and discover what they might have to teach us. We will create our own wisdom in personal value statements and collages of favorite words with images we make or find.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707.

Introduction to Futurism
NOVEMBER 3 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
John Krochmalny

1:00 – 2:30 pm, Wednesday

November 3 – 17 (3 weeks)

Hybrid class: in person and online

In his 1982 best-selling book “Megatrends”, author John Naisbitt predicted the coming of the “Age of Information” 15 years before the public acceptance of the personal computer and the infrastructure of the Internet. The United States Department of State, NASA, and the RAND Corporation are just a few of the organizations that have been using techniques that analyze trends, make forecasts, and implement strategies to attain a future they want.

This class will introduce the concepts of “Futurism”, where it began, how it works, and identify key components of this fascinating field of investigation and action. Perhaps you may want to be your own Futurist!

John Krochmalny has considerable higher-education teaching experience as an instructional designer and technical trainer.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707.

Adventures in Travel
NOVEMBER 5 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Patti Skaff

Whether traveling domestically or in distant foreign lands, we encounter different cultures. This interactive class will focus on exploring other cultures as a means of understanding other people, making new friends, and gaining a deeper understanding of the world. We will take a virtual trip around the world to explore nine recognized characteristics of culture. We will discuss how travel can change us, with opportunities for participants to share individual experiences.

Patti Skaff was an international sales manager for 25 years who traveled professionally and personally to over 20 countries. She also taught International Business at Lourdes University in the College of Business and Leadership.  She has used this presentation to prepare business students for their careers as well as advising local entrepreneurs seeking global business opportunities.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707.

A Pandemic of Hope: The Business of Uplifting Others in a Time of Despair

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NOVEMBER 9 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
A Pandemic of Hope: The Business of Uplifting Others in a Time Of Despair
S.A.V.E. Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment, Inc.
FREE Public ZOOM Lecture Series

By: George Brymer, President, Chief Creative Officer-The Creative Block
UN Sustainability Goal #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

For more information, contact Sr. Rosine Sobczak at rsobczak@lourdes.edu

Veteran’s Day Special Event: the Price of Freedom and the Power of Hope
NOVEMBER 11 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free and open to all, no reservations necessary.

On October 15, 2004, Lisa Schuster got the call every military mom dreads: her son had been wounded in action. Matthew Drake had been in Iraq only thirty-four days, on his first deployment with the U.S. Army, when the vehicle he was driving was blown up by a suicide car bomber. Three other servicemen died in the explosion. Matthew was still in a coma when his mother first saw him in a German hospital—burned and broken, with so much damage to his brain that even if he lived, he might never wake up again.

Matthew Drake and Lisa Schuster will share their story of hope and determination. Be uplifted by this story of an ordinary young man who wanted to be “one of the good guys” and rose from the ashes to become exactly that. Matthew says, “Recovering from my wounds has been the toughest battle of my life. Anyone who goes to war comes home with scars. Some of those scars you see, others you don’t.” Although there are incredible struggles in his daily life what he’s done is remarkable. On the front lines of his fight from the start has been his mother Lisa Schuster, who wrote a book Just As He Is Right Now about their story.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707

Veterans Day Celebration
NOVEMBER 11 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Lourdes University offers a Veterans Day celebration on Thursday, November 11 at 4 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. The featured speaker is Chaplain Maj Michael Dandurand, 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, at Toledo Express Airport. The event is free and open to the public.

CHAPLAIN MAJ MICHAEL DANDURAND
Chaplain Maj Michael Dandurand is a Chaplain at the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, located at Toledo Express Airport, Swanton, Ohio. The 180th is comprised of the Operations (F-16 Block 42), Maintenance, Medical and Mission Support Groups.  Ch Dandurand serves as the acting Wing Chaplain for the 180th HC team; compised of one other chaplain and three Religious Affairs Airmen.

Chaplain Dandurand received a commission to the AF in August 2014; attending C.O.T. in February 2015.  He has been a Roman Catholic priest for 24 years, serving five different pastoral settings: Parishes with elementary schools, a Parish with a Catholic High School, and as a director ofcollege campus ministry and chaplain of a Division I football program, serving the diverse spiritual and emotional needs of football players and coaches.  He current serves as a full-time pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Swanton Ohio; a parish comprised of approximately 900 famlies with a pre-K – 8th grade elementary school of 125 students.

For more information, contact Gary Bentley, MBA, Assistant Professor and Veteran Affairs Coordinator at gbentley@lourdes.edu. Mr. Bentley is a retired Executive Officer of the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard.

Mecca & Medina
NOVEMBER 12 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Najwa Badawi

Learn about the holiest cities for followers of the Islamic faith. Non-Muslims are forbidden to enter Mecca at all, and are prohibited from certain areas of Medina. Mecca is the birthplace of the founder of Islam, Mohammed, and Muslims worldwide face Mecca during their daily prayers. Medina is celebrated as the place from which the prophet Mohammed established the Muslim religion and is also the site of his tomb. These cities have been transformed from their ancient origins to modern cities within Saudi Arabia, but their religious significance remains unwavering.

Najwa Badawi has visited both Mecca and Medina. She emigrated to the United States from Lebanon as a child. She currently works 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.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707.

Human Trafficking 101
NOVEMBER 19 @ 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
Join us for a lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert followed by a presentation and lively discussion. Fridays, 11:15 am – 12:45 pm in the Franciscan Center Board Room. Reservations are requested at least one week prior.

This presentation will provide a basic overview of human trafficking, focusing on both domestic and foreign trafficking as well as labor and sex trafficking. Topics will include the definition of human trafficking, how traffickers recruit, indicators for victim identification, the use of social media, and how individuals can make a difference in helping to combat and end human trafficking, with discussion of what this means to Toledo and surrounding communities. Speaker Chuck Campbell is Education Co-chair for the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition.

For more information, contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Dr. Laura Megeath at lifelong@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3707.