The Franciscan Center announces March 2020 events

The Franciscan Center of Lourdes University is pleased to announce the March 2020 slate of events.

Sunday, March 1

Greater Toledo Community Foundation and Lourdes University are pleased to present the Dr. Morton Goldberg Lecture – “Halacha, Sharia Law, and the Dual Identity of Muslims and Jews in America” on Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. Wayne State University faculty members Dr. Howard Lupovitch and Professor Saeed Khan are the distinguished speakers. Their lecture focuses on Halacha and Sharia Law as a window into the ways that Muslims and Jews live with one foot in their own community and one foot in mainstream American society. Dr. Howard Lupovitch and Professor Saeed Khan conduct the annual Building a Shared Future Lecture Series that focuses on fostering increased collaboration and connectivity between the Jewish and Muslim communities. Coordinated by Lourdes College of Arts & Sciences Dean Dr. Katherine Beutel, the 2020 Dr. Morton Goldberg Lecture focuses on Halacha and Sharia Law as a window into the ways that Muslims and Jews live with one foot in their own community and one foot in mainstream American society. The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 3

Lourdes University Lifelong Learning class: The Business of Wine with Nicholas Kubiak

6:30 – 8:30 pm; Cost: $25 members; $37 non-members. Taste 6 wines while we examine the business of wine, including the market, influences, threats, technology changes, and much more! If you worry about potential tariffs on French wines or whether screw cap wines are better than box wines, this class is for you. Students are invited to bring their questions along with 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.


Thursday, March 5

Lourdes University is pleased to present the 2020 Distinguished Lecture in American History – “Ike Confronts the Bomb: Threats, Bluffs, and Myths” at 7 pm featuring Dr. Benjamin Greene, a history professor, author, and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Benjamin Greene (Ph.D., Stanford, 2004) is Associate Professor of History at Bowling Green State University, where he coordinates the Graduate Programs and teaches courses in 20th-Century America, U.S. Foreign Relations, and Military History. He is the author of Eisenhower, Science Advice, and the Nuclear Test-Ban Debate, 1945-1963 (2007) and numerous articles on a range of topics related to America’s interactions with the world. His current research explores the intersections of culture and foreign relations, examining how American culture and American communities abroad have influenced international attitudes about the United States, its citizens, and its policies.  A retired Lieutenant Colonel, his 22-year active duty career in the U.S. Army included service in Afghanistan and assignments teaching history at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. The Lourdes University Department of History, Political Science & Geography, will host a dinner with Dr. Greene at 5:30 pm for Lourdes history majors and minors. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, March 6

Jazz trombonist and Toledo Symphony conductor Alain Trudel joins us for a special night of music. Hailed as the “Jasha Heifetz of the trombone,” Canadian trombonist Alain Trudel is one of the world’s most respected and renowned trombonists. Alain’s virtuosity has kept him performing on stages around the world for the last 30 years. His career has included time teaching and conducting which has brought him right here to our beloved city’s Toledo Symphony Orchestra as current Music Director. Prepare to be “blown” away! Learn more at http://toledojazz.org/


Saturday, March 7

At Sylvania Area Family Services’ Wine and Cheese Event, the amazing Chrys Peterson will direct guests toward food, fun, a wine pull, mystery bags, a silent auction, the Kurt Nelson photo booth and of course the dance floor at this fun party for a great purpose benefiting SAFS! $50 will provide you with an OPEN BAR, food samples and beer from Upside Brewing, Inside the Five, ProMedica Flower Hospital, Sylvania Country Club, Ameera Mediterranean, Mayberry Ice Cream Cart, The Next Sweet Thing, Middle East Market, Zane’s Lebanese Grill and more!

We hope to see you on the dance floor! For more information, contact SAFS Executive Director Dottie Segur at dsegur.safs@gmail.com or Community Outreach Coordinator Mary Helen Darah at mhdarah.safs@gmail.com


Tuesday, March 10

The American Retirement Headquarters offers a free event open to the public on March 10 from 6 to 8 pm at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd. in Sylvania. For more information, contact Scott Osborn at scott@theretirementhq.com or call 419-842-0500.


Thursday, March 12

The Sylvania Franciscan Village presents the Father Bacik Lecture “The Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well: An Inspiration for our Spiritual Life” from 5:30 to 7 pm. The presentation will do a careful reading (exegesis) of John 4:1-42, which portrays the dramatic encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman who comes to recognize him as the Messiah and shares this belief with others. This passage will be the gospel reading for the Sunday after the lecture, the third

Sunday of Lent, March 15. $10 pre-registered or $15 at the door. To pre-register, leave a message referencing the lecture with your name and number of tickets requested at franciscanvillage@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org.


Sunday, March 15

The Sylvania Community Orchestra presents a Mozart Madness Concert from 4 to 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Sylvania Community Arts Commission at director@sylvaniaarts.org or 419-517-0118.


Tuesday, March 17

Lourdes University Lifelong Learning and the Sylvania Franciscan Village are pleased to present Human Trafficking Is All Around You. This Is How It Works: a TED Talks video presentation, from 12 to 1 pm with Noy Thrupkaew. Behind the everyday bargains we all love – the $10 manicure, the unlimited shrimp buffet – is a hidden world of forced labor. Noy Thrupkaew investigates human trafficking – which flourishes in the US as well as developing countries – and shows us the human faces behind the exploited labor that feeds global consumers.


Wednesday, March 18

Heritage Sylvania has partnered with Lourdes University and the Ohio Humanities Council to present a unique “Let’s Talk History” series featuring engaging and insightful historians at the 7 pm. Each presenter brings a wealth of knowledge and background in a different area of expertise. The thought-provoking and entertaining series is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Lourdes University Department of History, Geography, & Political Science and Heritage Sylvania, the “Let’s Talk History” series is made possible through a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.


Friday, March 20- Saturday, March 21

The Ballet Theatre of Toledo presents Meema the Lemur Becomes a Ballerina from 10 to 11 am. Cost: $1 per student, teacher, chaperone. For more information, email info@ballettheatreoftoledo.org or call 419-861-0895.


Tuesday, March 24

Lourdes University Lifelong Learning class: Michigan Wines! with Nicholas Kubiak from 6:30 to 8:30pm. $25 members; $37 non-members. Back by popular demand, this class will discuss the rise of Michigan wines from the Detroit River to Traverse City. We will explore the grapes, wines, and areas that have the most potential for growth and success in the mitten state. Taste 6 Michigan wines during the evening. Students are invited to bring their own food for pairings, as food will not be provided.


Tuesday, March 24

Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment (SAVE) presents Trash Talks and Correct Recycling with Adam Cassi, Executive Director for Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, from 7:30 to 9 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Mr. Cassi has a degree in restoration ecology. For more information, call 419-824-3691 or email save@lourdes.edu.

For disability-related accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at oas@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3523.


Wednesday, March 25

Lourdes University presents the annual Women Who Made a Difference Tea. For more information, contact Ashley Jackson at 419-517-8413 or ajackson@lourdes.edu. The event is open to the public.


Friday, March 27

Lourdes University Lifelong Learning presents in Defense of Democracy with Jen Miller from 10 to 11 am; refreshments begin at 9:15 am. The League of Women Voters of Ohio has been educating voters and making democracy work since 1920. Learn how the League has been accomplishing this work throughout the last century. Executive Director Jen Miller will discuss how everyone can play a role in restoring fairness in our democratic systems, increase voter turnout, and improve access to the polls. Free for members and first-time visitors. For questions, call 419-824-3707 or email lifelong@lourdes.edu


Friday, March 27

Lourdes University Lifelong Learning presents The Newest Theater in Town with Lori Hauser from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm. The KeyBank Discovery Theater is coming to downtown Toledo! The newest cool addition of Imagination Station offers an incredible immersive experience that redefines film engagement. Families, young adults, lifelong learners, school groups, business professionals and travelers alike will be wowed by the mammoth 8,200-square foot theater, 58-foot wide screen and incredible mind-blowing events and programming. Lori Hauser, CEO of Imagination Station, will give a sneak preview of the new theater and offers a VIP behind-the-scenes perspective of the science center’s role in Toledo’s revitalization. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity. $10 members / $15 non-members. A lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert is included. Reservations are strongly encouraged at least one-week prior: call 419-824-3707 or email lifelong@lourdes.edu


Saturday, March 28

The Sisters of St. Francis present the Sylvania Franciscan Art Festival from 10 am to 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email jwhitmore@sistersosf.org or call 419-824-3749.


Sunday, March 29

The Lourdes University Art Department is pleased to present the 2020 Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture from 2 to 4 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. Established in 2011 by Lourdes alumnus and board member George Brymer and his wife Vicky, the Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Lecture series gives students and the general public an opportunity to learn from and communicate directly with individuals working in art and related fields. Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak, OSF, is an accomplished professor and artist. After teaching at Cardinal Stritch High School for 14 years, she joined Lourdes University where she served for nearly 30 years as Assistant Professor of Art. Her ceramic and mural works are on display across the nation.



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, 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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