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Lifelong Learning October 2020 Classes
Lourdes announces new online & hybrid classes
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The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program announces a new selection of lectures and classes for October 2020. Monthly lectures are free and offered online through Zoom. A hybrid option offers limited seating on campus for classes.


“Explore new ideas from the comfort of home!” says Laura Megeath, Coordinator of Lifelong Learning. “Our classes range from Thomas Jefferson’s vision of America to the history of western architecture. Everyone is invited to join us!”


To register or for more information, call (419) 824-3707 or email

How Western “Civilization” has Treated Indigenous Peoples

Presenter: Marya Czech

Thursday, October 1

10:00am to 12:00pm


The pattern was typical—Christianity, Western Culture, and the trappings of civilization were imposed by both missionaries and colonizers on “savages and pagans” encountered during the Age of Exploration and beyond. The ensuing land grabs and transformation to plantation agriculture spelled the decimation of indigenous peoples and the loss of languages, rich botanical lore, and biodiversity.


Instructor Marya Czech is a retired professor from the Lourdes University Biology Department and currently works as a regional environmentalist.


The Story of the Symphony II:

Romantic to Modern

Presenter: Dr. Christopher Williams

Monday, October 5, 12 and 19

3:30pm to 5:00pm


Explore the history of the symphony from the high-Romantic generation of Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Anton Bruckner, to Gustav Mahler, Edward Elgar, and Jean Sibelius at the turn of the century, to Dmitri Shostakovich, Serge Prokofiev, Aaron Copland, and living composers in the twentieth century.


Dr. Christopher Williams holds a PhD in Music History and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught at the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, the Universität Salzburg, and in the joint program of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. He is considered an expert on the music of Fin-desiècle Vienna.

The Civically Engaged Citizen

Hugh Grefe

Tuesday, October 6, 13, 20 and 27



What does it mean to be engaged in our community? Giving or serving, leading or associating? How do we encourage people to talk together rather than defer to the loudest voice? How can each of us encourage community participation when we seem divided on so many issues? Starting with the book The Civically Engaged Reader, this class will seek answers to these questions. After all, the connection between thought and service is a vital one.


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. Published by the Great Books Foundation, the book is available for purchase on the Lourdes University campus at All Good Things for $25.


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.


The Enneagram: Helping Me Know Myself Better

Presenter: Patricia Schnapp, RSM, PhD

Wednesday, October 7, 14 and 21

10:00am to 11:30am


“Now why did I do that?” we sometimes ask ourselves. Want to find out why? The Enneagram will show you! This ancient Sufi division of people into nine different personality types gives fascinating insight into how our basic life strategy makes us tick. Picked up by Jesuits and often used in spiritual direction, it is a wonderful tool to help us understand both ourselves and others better. Are you a perfectionist, a helper, an achiever, a romantic, an observer, a questioner, an adventurer, an asserter, or a peacemaker? And why? What is your dominant motivation, and can you be healed of its compulsiveness? (You’ll like the answer!)


Patricia Schnapp, PhD, is a retired professor of English, a poet, and a Sister of Mercy. Currently, she volunteers in prisons as a teacher and chaplain and at a homeless shelter. She continues to write.


The History of Western Architecture

Presenter: Kristin Baldeschwiler

Wednesday, October 7, 14, 21, 28

Wednesday, November 4 and 11

4:00pm to 6:00pm


Celebrate Kristin’s 15th anniversary of teaching Lifelong Learning classes with her favorite subject: architecture! Follow the chronological history of western architecture from prehistoric times to the early 21st century.


Kristin Baldeschwiler, a 2003 graduate of Lourdes, received her BA in Art History, works in

medical education at St. Vincent Medical Center.

Plant Use and Lore of Several Groups of Indigenous Peoples

Presenter: Marya Czech

Thursday, October 8

10:00am to 12:00pm


Many groups of indigenous people are able to reclaim their traditional knowledge and plant lore and are preserving their cultural heritage. Most of these work against all odds, including government interference. A virtual tour will visit Amazonia and the South Pacific.


Instructor Marya Czech is a retired professor from the Lourdes University Biology Department and currently works as a regional environmentalist.


Gender and Literature

Presenter: Dr. Susan Shelangoskie

Monday October 12 and 19



In this class we will discuss issues related to gender and literature that have been significant for centuries. We will start with Henrik Ibsen's iconic and controversial feminist play Doll's House and then consider updated versions of this story to see how themes related to gender have changed through time and culture, but remain a current and pressing concern today.


Suggested pre-reading: Hnath, Lucas. A Doll's House: Part 2. Theatre Communications Group, 2018 [ISBN 978-1559365826] Ibsen, Henrik. Doll's House in Four Major Plays. Trans. James McFarlane and Jens Arup. Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 1-88. [ISBN 987-0199536191] Note: any version of Doll's House is fine, though note that your text may be a little different than the instructor’s if you use a different translation.


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.


Papua New Guinea: An Example of Indigenous Rule and Mélange of Cultures

Presenter: Marya Czech

Thursday, October 15

10:00am to 12:00pm


An independent country since 1975, PNG is still a nation of great contrasts and cultural conflict. Traditional medical knowledge has been largely oral, but a systematic and comprehensive documentation of medicinal plant use among over 800 communities across the nation is being conducted and incorporated into modern medicine. Two Sisters of Notre Dame will describe their missionary work in PNG as educators and cultural ambassadors on behalf of indigenous Papuans.


Instructor Marya Czech is a retired professor from the Lourdes University Biology Department and currently works as a regional environmentalist.

How to Be a Perfect Stranger—Applying Essential Intra-Religion Etiquette

Presenter: John Krochmalny

Thursday, October 15, 22 and 29



Are you curious about other cultures and religions? Have you ever visited a place of worship or faith community other than your own? Would you know what to do at a wedding or funeral for a friend whose faith is different than yours? Taking the step to visit another faith community can be intimidating without knowing what to expect or how visitors are expected to conduct themselves during services. This class will introduce you to facts about select communities of faith that will allow you to appreciate cultural differences, experience different modes of worship, and add self-confidence when establishing relationships with people from other religions. We will also explore ways to take interfaith and inter-cultural relationships to higher levels. This class will consist of a combination of lecture and discussion. The recommended text is How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook by Stuart M. Matlins, Editor (ISBN 13: 978-1594731402).


John Krochmalny has considerable higher-education teaching experience as an instructional designer and technical trainer. As a member of the Sylvania Baha’i Community this topic is particularly meaningful to him.


The Life and Times of Francis Scott Key

Speaker: Frank Butwin

Friday, October 16


“And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air…” The words to our National Anthem were written by Francis Scott Key, a poet and attorney. Francis Scott Key will be brought to life by historical re-enactor Francis Butwin, dressed in period clothing and prepared to tell about Key’s life and times, the War of 1812, and the famed bombardment of Fort McHenry. Included in the presentation will be the actual Star Spangled Banner flag that was brought to our area by General Harrison and flew proudly over Fort Meigs in 1813.


Frank Butwin loves history, portraying a number of historical characters and volunteering with several area historical characters and volunteering with several area historical associations. Frank has also volunteered his time with Boy Scouts of America for 35 years. In addition to his volunteer work, Frank pursued a career in chemical and polymer composite research and development.


Islamic Golden Age

Presenter: Dr. Bahu S. Shaikh

Tuesday, October 20

10:30am to 12:00pm


The historical period from the fifth to the fifteenth centuries is known as the Middle Ages, or to some, the Dark Ages of Europe. In contrast, the period from ninth to fourteenth centuries is known as the Islamic Golden Age, a time of remarkable scientific and cultural progress. Islamic scholars met and translated the world’s classical knowledge into Arabic and Persian. Baghdad was the largest city in the world and the site of the House of Wisdom. Progress was made in medicine, surgery, pharmacology, astronomy, mathematics, chemistry and many other fields. We will discuss the reasons for their success and causes of their decline.


Jefferson’s Vision

Presenter: Dr. George Shirk

Wednesday, October 21, 28

Wednesday, November 4, 11 and 18


Thomas Jefferson had a remarkably ambitious vision for a developing country. He envisioned a landscape filled with farms, mountains that were mapped, safe harbors for ships, all tied together by a single system. His vision enabled canals, rail lines and interstate highways to be built. Today, the results of Jefferson’s vision are evident in the patterns, squares and lines seen when flying over the Midwest and west. Even the GPS system relies on this foundation.


Explore the process of measuring America, following the footsteps of those who marked the first lines, identified the safe harbors for sailing ships, and measured the mountains. We will begin with metes and bounds and navigating the ocean. We will look at the process for measuring the distance from Maryland to New Orleans, examine the Public Land Survey system, and explore questions such as why the Army Corps of Engineers is in charge of the rivers and streams and took the blame for the flooding of New Orleans. Finally, learn why was it necessary to develop time zones.


Dr. George Shirk earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Illinois and his MAT from the University of the South. He is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Toledo.


Contribution of North American Indigenous People to Nutrition and Healing

Presenter: Marya Czech

Thursday, October 22

10:00am to 12:00pm


Native American concepts of health and wellness have sustained diverse peoples since ancient times. Native healers all have a long history of using indigenous plants for a wide variety of medicinal purposes. Medicinal plants and their applications are as diverse as the tribes who use them. Beyond their medicinal benefits, indigenous plants were a staple of diets before Western contact. Today, indigenous plants are central to efforts to improve dietary health for current generations.


Instructor Marya Czech is a retired professor from the Lourdes University Biology Department and currently works as a regional environmentalist.


Turning Full Circle

Presenter: Barbara Mauter

Friday, October 23

10:00am to 11:00am


Explore the circular nature of Native American life. The First Peoples were deeply spiritual. The Circle symbol appears throughout their culture; learn more about the importance and meaning of this symbol.


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.


Mexican-American War

Presenter: Dr. Dwayne Beggs

Tuesday, October 27

Tuesday, November 3, 10, 17 and 24

11:00am to 12:00pm


The Mexican – American War took place from April 1846 to February 1848. This war occurred as a result of the United States’ annexing Texas in 1845. It was also the result of a dispute over the Texas/Mexican border. The Mexican government claimed that the Nueces River was the boundary line between Mexico and Texas. The U.S. claimed that the Rio Grande was the boundary between Mexico and Texas. President James K. Polk sent American troops into the disputed area which led to armed conflict with the Mexican military. During this War the U.S. would be victorious and acquire a significant amount of land. It could be argued the outcome of this war helped facilitate the American Civil War. Join us as we examine the Mexican/American War: the causality of the war, President James K. Polk’s role in bringing on the war, key events that took place during the war and the impact this war had on America.


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.


Out of Africa—What Our Black Neighbors Remember

Presenter: Marya Czech

Thursday, October 29

10:00am to 12:00pm


African herbal medicine is one of many rich traditions of medicinal plant use. The majority of Africans brought to North America during the slave trade originated from West and Central Africa and probably shared similar ideologies regarding healing and spirituality. African-American folk medicine was a multifaceted practice intertwined with religion and spirituality. Traditional medicine reflected a complex belief system that evolved from Africa into slavery and beyond. Where does it reside today?


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 or by phone at 419-885-3211. 

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