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Lifelong Learning announces September 2020 Classes

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

"Now that Lifelong Learning classes are online, people can enjoy our programs from home," explains Laura Megeath, Coordinator of Lifelong Learning. "We have classes exploring Italy, the Buckeye Trail, and ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley."

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

You can Zoom!
Presenter: Laura Megeath
Tuesday, September 1 10:30am-11:30am
Thursday, September 10 2:00pm-3:00pm

Using Zoom is easier than you think! Join us for either one of these free lessons. First we will cover all the basics so you are able to make the most of Lifelong Learning online events. Then you will learn how to share your own slides and videos. Free, no registration necessary.

Holy Toledo: Faith Diversity
Speaker: Judy Trautman
Friday, September 11

In 2014, an initiative of the MultiFaith Council led to Toledo's official designation as a Compassionate Community as the mayor, city council and Lucas County commissioners passed resolutions affirming the Charter for Compassion. Learn more about the MultiFaith Council and how diverse faith groups found in NW Ohio are drawn together for fellowship, education, and engaged community service. The group has built six Habitat for Humanity houses, encourages faith-based community gardening, and supports many service organizations in our area. They also host very active multifaith men's and women's groups, monthly universal worship services with participants from 8-9 faiths, as well as help Toledo compete in the international Compassion Games, in which cities compete to be the most compassionate.

Speaker Judy Trautman formally founded the MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio in 2003 together with her late husband Woody. Woody's mantra was "mingle and chat" as a path towards greater understanding and respect.

Talking about Race
Presenter: Diana DePasquale
Saturday, September 12 & Saturday, September 19

The murder of George Floyd this past May catapulted our nation into a long overdue conversation about race and the legacy of slavery in the United States. Activists and anti-racist educators urged white Americans to educate themselves on mass incarceration, police brutality, the school-to-prison pipeline and the need for the Black Lives Matter movement. Using Ijeoma Oluo's New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race as our guide, we will center our discussion around these topics, but examine the ways white people can work towards a more fair and just world. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo was published by Seal Press in 2019 (ISBN-13: 978-158005882).

Diana DePasquale is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies at BGSU and as well as a doctoral candidate in BGSU's American Culture Studies program.

The Story of the Symphony I:
Classical to Romantic
Presenter: Dr. Christopher Williams
Monday, September 14, 21 and 28

This class traces the history of the symphony from its beginnings in the mid-18th century to the "classical style" of Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Mozart, and Ludwig Beethoven, to the Romantic Generation of Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, and Hector Berlioz.

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.

Roaring through the Twenties: American History Experienced through Poetry
Presenter: Shari O'Brien, Ph.D., J.D.
Tuesday, September 15, 22 and 29

Those who love history or poetry or both will be dazzled by this timely centennial celebration of the dramatic 1920's. We will begin by discovering the Lost Generation left disillusioned by World War I and end with a discussion of the stock market crash of 1929. In between will find us exploring, among other things, the Harlem Renaissance, the Jazz Age, and what the French termed the "annees foiles" (crazy years) of flappers, bootleggers, the advent of the Golden Age of radio and the movies, the Scopes' "Monkey Trial" and the lives of ordinary people who would become the Greatest Generation. Throughout, we will pair the work of poets like Frost, Sandburg, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Langston Hughes to events of the era, breathing life into history and culture.

Dr. O'Brien has doctorates in English and law; she worked in United States District Court. Publishing five law review articles as well as hundreds of essays and poems in national journals, she taught writing and poetry for twenty-seven years at UT and continues to practice law and write poetry today.

Visual Tour of Pakistan
Presenter: Dr. Bahu S. Shaikh
Wednesday, September 16

Pakistan was created in 1947 when British India was divided. It now has the sixth largest population in the world. This tour will take you from some of the tallest mountains in the world to the Arabian sea, exploring the green fields of Punjab, and visiting the Indus valley countryside as well as some of the great cities along the way. Through slides, pictures, and fond memories, Dr. Shaikh will present the people of Pakistan and their culture from the perspective of someone who was born there.

Bahu S. Shaikh, M.D, is a member of Islamic Center of Greater Toledo and a founding member of Muslim Christian Dialogue Group based at the First Presbyterian Church of Maumee Ohio. He has been a speaker at the Islamic Center as well at the Maumee church.

How Did We Learn What to Eat Before Systemic Agriculture?
Presenter: Marya Czech
Thursday, September 17
10:00am to 12:00pm

Ancient cave paintings and plant microfossils detail the history of our ancestors' relationship with plants. From starchy roots and tubers in Africa to archeological evidence of flour and baking to the domestication of Asian rice, our indigenous people give us insight into ancient nutrition and healing practices.

Indus River and Indus Valley Civilization
Presenter: Dr. Bahu S. Shaikh
Wednesday, September 23

Moen-jo -Daro is one of the oldest known civilizations, once thriving along the mighty Indus river. Dr. Shaikh took part in one of the expeditions of this river. Around 2500 BCE, Moen-jo  Daro flourished at the same time as ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Minoan Crete, and Norte Chico in Peru. Abandoned in the 19th century BCE, the site was rediscovered in the 1920s and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. Learn what the people of Indus valley were like, their living standards, their culture, language, farming techniques and trade. As many mysteries remain, we will speculate about the rise and fall of this ancient civilization.

Bahu S. Shaikh, M.D, is a member of Islamic Center of Greater Toledo and a founding member of Muslim Christian Dialogue Group based at the First Presbyterian Church of Maumee Ohio. He has been a speaker at the Islamic Center as well at the Maumee church.

Indigenous People as Protectors of Global Biodiversity
Presenter: Marya Czech
Thursday, September 24
10:00am to 12:00pm

Native peoples and their healing traditions have histories that extend into the distant past. Many groups of indigenous people regard their elders as living libraries of history, tradition, and plant wisdom. What have they managed to recover and preserve despite the continuing inroads of capitalism and Western civilization?

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

The Buckeye Trail
Presenter: Jan Whitaker
Tuesday, September 29 & Tuesday, October 6
10:00am to 11:00am

For nearly 1,200 miles, the Buckeye Trail winds around Ohio, reaching into every corner of the state. From a beachhead on Lake Erie near Cleveland, to a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River in Cincinnati, a hiker can experience a little of all that Ohio has to offer. A combination of towpaths, wooded trails, and little used back roads, it passes through many of the most scenic locations in the state, including the Hocking Hills region and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It also goes through many small towns in Ohio, as well as a few major urban areas. First envisioned in the late 1950's as a trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, the Buckeye Trail evolved into a large loop, branching both north and east from Cincinnati.

Jan Whitaker will introduce you to the Buckeye Trail, what it is and where it goes. She will share her personal experiences while hiking the entire trail, adventures and misadventures! Learning about the Buckeye Trail is a wonderful way to learn more about Ohio and its history, unique populations, industries, nature, state parks, restaurants, and geology. An inveterate traveler, willing to go anywhere anytime, Jan is an Ohio native with a lifelong interest in the history of our state.





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