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Published: Monday, 2/4/2013

Classes, lectures, special events fill Lourdes 2013 Lifelong Learning program


A 2013 Lifelong Learning program, open to the general public, has been announced at Lourdes University, and it has a lecture series, special events, and classes.


A monthly lecture series, set for 10 a.m. the third Friday of each month at the Franciscan Center, is free to members and first-time visitors.

Here’s the lineup:

Feb. 15 – “International Law & Globalization”

Learn about core topics of international business practice, the challenges presented by treaty law, and some of the challenges in protecting intellectual property and investments abroad. Presenter Judge Keila Cosme has devoted her professional life to advocating for the rights of working people and their families and is currently working on a degree in International Business Law at Boston University.

March 15 – “Down By the Station Early in the Morning”

A focus on Toledo's Passenger Trains’ heritage, status in today’s world, and visions for future rail travel. Presenter William Gill is Vice Chair of the Public Transit & Passenger Rail Committee of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) and Regional Coordinator of "All Aboard Ohio" - the Ohio Association of Railroad Passengers.

April 19 – “The National Museum of the Great Lakes” (details to come)

May 17 – “The Treasures of Lourdes” (details to come)


Here is the lineup:

March 6 – Fairy Gardens

Create your own Fairy garden featuring container grown plants from Bensell Greenhouse and other fairy accessories such as bridges, rivers, or found objects of your choice. Bensell owner Mary Marchon will lead the class. 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $25 for members/$35 for non-members. Register by Feb. 27.

April 5 – Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens tour & train trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Tour the home and grounds of the notable Stan Hywet Hall & Garden country estate, which ranks seventh on the list of largest homes in the United States. Tour includes access to the Corbin Conservatory and the Gate House. After lunch, board the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad which is one of the oldest, longest, and most scenic tourist excursion railways in the country to experience the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Depart Lourdes at 7 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. $68 members/ $86 non-members. Includes entrance and tour of Stan Hywet, lunch, and train ride. Register by March 21.

April 23 – Albrecht Dürer at the Detroit Institute of Art (details to come)

April 25 – “Public schools for today and tomorrow” panel discussion (details to come)

May 23 – Rutherford B. Hayes Home & Presidential Center tour (details to come)


Class descriptions, dates, times, locations and pricing are located online at

Beginning in February

  • Hot Topics
  • The New Testament
  • Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Beginning in March

  • Advanced Genealogy
  • Adventures in State Autonomy: the Decline & Rise of State Power in Russia 1900-2013
  • Albrecht Dürer, Painter and Engraver
  • The American Retirement Crisis
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Cracking the Glass Ceiling: American Women in the 20th Century
  • Great Decisions 2013
  • Fused Glass
  • Great Books: Great Conversations
  • Introduction to Genealogy
  • Measuring America - It Started in Ohio
  • Nightlight Making
  • A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words
  • Social Media & Ebay
  • The Struggle of Women’s Rights
  • The Vietnam War: Search & Destroy
  • Watercolor & Acrylic Painting

For information on becoming a member of Lifelong Learning, contact Coordinator Lynda Hoffman at or 419-824-3707 or visit

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