Current OLLI Course Listing

OLLI at UVM Members enjoy a minimum discount of 30% on all courses, which is reflected in the Member prices.

Should you have any questions, or need reasonable accommodations please contact Customer Relations at 1-800-639-3210 or uvmolli@uvm.edu. We would be happy to assist you. All courses are held at a convenient location on the UVM Campus with parking nearby.

OLLI Course Listing – Fall 2015

Measuring Population-Level Emotions in Real-Time using Big Data

Register NowMeeting Date: Monday, September 14
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Chris Danforth
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Description: Join nationally recognized UVM scientist, Chris Danforth, who analyzes happiness levels based on a diverse set of large-scale texts which reflect cultural experience. This data includes 50 years of music lyrics, 10,000 books, and 50 billion status updates from Twitter. He and his colleagues have found that expressed happiness decreases through the day requiring a nightly reboot, happiness rises and falls with distance from the Earth’s equator, and the atoms of language exhibit a suprisingly pro-social bias. Their tunable instrument ranks U.S. cities and states comparably with traditional survey-based methods of quantifying well-being, and offers updates in real-time. This talk will describe these results in the context of our Computational Story Lab’s ongoing efforts to understand the geographical and topological dynamics of large-scale socio-technical phenomena.

 

Night, Noise, Fall, Winter: More Vermont Birding

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, September 21-October 5 & Saturday, October 10
Meeting Time: Mondays, 5-6:30 pm & Saturday, 8 am – 12 noon
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $85  Non-Member: $135

Description: Learn about, ogle, listen to, and enjoy some of Vermont’s intriguing bird life. We’ll study how and why birds make noise and learn about some of the state’s true songsters. Then we’ll spend an evening with owls and other birds of the dark. Next, we’ll find out that the end of summer definitely doesn’t mean the end of birds and birdwatching! We’ll learn about big flocks of big birds (on the lake and in the corn fields of Addison County) and the big flocks of little birds (in agricultural fields and at our feeders). To follow up, we’ll take a field trip to Addison. The trip will be mostly “car birding”, with walkie-talkies so no one misses anything. Some participants might want to include a walk of up to a half mile on dirt roads.

  • Week 1: Bird Song
  • Week 2: Birds of the Night and Almost Night
  • Week 3: The Big Flocks of Fall and Winter. Field trip.

 

Balancing Your Life with Reiki

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, September 21-October 12
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Mark Carter
Location: Living/Learning A101
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Learn how Reiki can reduce stress, relieve pain, balance emotions, and facilitate personal healing and growth.  Reiki is based on the understanding that all conditions of imbalance are rooted in the human energy field.  It does not specifically address conditions or symptoms; instead, it works to bring a person back into balance.  When a person is in balance, they feel better and their systems heal better.  This class teaches you the basics of Reiki 1 Training.

  • Week 1: Introduction to Reiki.The introduction to Reiki class discusses what Reiki is, how it’s used, and what to expect from it. We discuss the powers of 10 and our connection to the universe. In addition we will work with Wellness Cards as an inspiration for a discussion. We conclude with a meditation on Thankfulness.
  • Week 2: Learning to do Reiki on yourself. In the learning Reiki class, we will see a short film entitled, How does Reiki Work? and discuss it. Also, we select Wellness Cards and use them as an inspiration for discussion. We introduce what a Reiki attunement is and the process of attunement. After the introduction, we actually do the first part of the Reiki I attunement process with everyone in class. We also will introduce and discuss the classical hand positions for self-Reiki. Finally, we conclude the class with a Body Scan meditation.
  • Week 3: Learning to do Reiki on yourself. In the second part of learning to do Reiki on yourself, we will watch a short film by Panache Desai called, Healing with the Masters – Dealing with Stress. We select from the Wellness Cards and discuss the inspiration and insights that the cards provide us. Also, we will do the second part of the Reiki I attunement process and review the classical hand positions for self-Reiki. Finally, we conclude the class with a meditation on calming your body.
  • Week 4: Doing Reiki with Others. In this final class we introduce how to do Reiki with others. We watch a short film from the Science of Happiness – Forgiving and Forgetting. In addition, we select from the Wellness Cards and discuss inspiration and insights based on the cards that we receive. We will demonstrate how to do Reiki on others and also practice the various hand positions. Finally, we conclude the class with a meditation on Forgiveness.

 

Tai Chi for Health

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, September 22-October 13
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Tai Chi originated in ancient China and is practiced for its health benefits throughout the world by people of all ages. Slow, gentle and relaxed movements are combined with focused, deep breathing. It can be done standing or sitting by just about anyone in any location. Tai Chi for Arthritis is a joint safe activity proven to reduce pain while you improve balance, agility,and increase lower and upper body strength.  The instructor is trained through CVAA’s Tai Chi program in conjunction with Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Back Pain, that is used worldwide. The program is easy to learn, safe and effective. For more information you may go to :www.taichiproductions.com

Materials:  Loose, comfortable clothing recommended, but no special clothes or equipment required.

Eating Plant-Based Foods for a Healthier YOU & a Healthier Planet

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, September 22
Meeting Time: 4-5:30 pm
Instructor: Beth Perera
Location: Living/Learning A101
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Description: Examine the benefits of a plant-based dietary lifestyle and how what we eat directly affects our personal health and the health of our planet. We will discuss how many common diseases that “run in the family” are actually linked to the food the family eats. Change how you eat, and put yourself on a healthier, disease preventative path. What we will uncover is that the foods that are healthiest for humans to consume are also the foods that are most sustainable for long-term human survival on Earth. Much of what we thought was good for us, and what we’ve been taught since toddlerhood we needed for optimal health are actually food myths. This workshop is ideal for everyone who eats, who cares about their own health, their family’s health, and considers themself an environmentalist.

 

Photo Editing Basics: From Good to Great!

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, September 22-October 13
Meeting Time: 5-7 pm
Instructor: Peter Curtis
Location: Waterman 113T
Member: $80  Non-Member: $120

Description: Enhance your photographs.This is a beginners course that introduces the fundamental essentials required to edit digital photographs. This class is suitable for people with little or no experience with Photoshop or digital editing, but have basic computer knowledge. Each class will include a hands on introduction to digital editing software and technique. We will become familiar with Adobe Photoshop as well as other software available for free download. Topics covered will include color and contrast correction, image manipulation, removing unwanted objects, image restoration and compositing. Students will work with instructor-supplied images as well as their own photographs.

 

Bridging Science & Spirit: The Power of Thought to Create Your Reality

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 23-October 14
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: Waterman 456

Member: $60   Non-Member: $90

Description: What happens if we assume we can create the lives we want? Several years ago, Fred and a colleague organized a session with twenty diverse individuals who discussed and documented their experiences with creating the lives they wanted over the course of a year.  They published their results in two volumes titled Manifesting Your Heart’s Desire. In this session, you will learn about their everyday experiences and try to apply some of the same techniques they used to your own lives. The class will also consider some of the scientific evidence that supports this process, such as studies of prayer, mind over matter, and the radical implications of modern quantum theory. Finally, students will discuss the question, “If I do create my reality, then why do some unpleasant and undesired experiences happen to me?”

 

Italian for Travelers

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 23-October 14
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: David Tomasi
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Learn conversational Italian focusing on what you really need to know when traveling to this wonderful country! Join Professor Tomasi, a native of the Trilingual Autonomous Region of South Tyrol in Northern Italy, and immerse yourself in the language, culture, and history of Italy! Learn the basics: discover and pronounce Italian phonemes; employ vocabulary and grammatical/syntactical structures to participate in simple interpersonal exchanges, from “ciao” to introductions, requests, and more. Learn how to converse in Italian! Identify concepts from the areas of family, environment, daily activities, food and fashion. Describe basic aspects of Italian traditions and culture. There are no prerequisites, although some knowledge of a Romance language might be an advantage.

Materials:  Please bring pen, paper and/or laptop

  • Week 1: Greetings, introductions and basic sentences
  • Week 2: Explore Italy’s geography, history and culture
  • Week 3: Learn how to interact and enjoy conversation… the Italian way!
  • Week 4: Develop your abilty to create new sentences and improve your vocabulary

 

Assembled Flowers in Acrylics

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, September 24-October 15
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Bryan Briscoe
Location: Hills 17
Member: $80  Non-Member: $120

Description: Explore and experience the joy of assembled flower painting through the practice of color key, color blending, mixing and theory. Bryan Briscoe, fine artist and community art instructor http://www.wcclass.com/resume2015.html

Open To All. No special skills required. No previous painting experience. No previous drawing skills necessary.

Materials:  Any Acrylic Paint Brand for beginning students. Windsor and Newton Brand-idea! (6 Acrylic Tube Paint Colors required-Cadmium Yellow and Red, Phthalo Green, Ultramarine or Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna and Titanium White) Brushes (White Synthetic). At least 3 rounds, 2 flats and 1- Highliner brush (also known as and outliner brush); 2-3 Canvas Panels no less than 9 x 12 inches; but no larger than 11 x 14 inches; 1-Paint Palette; 1-Roll Blue Shop Paper towards; 1 kitchen lent-free towel; Art Box for materials; 1 Folder for paintings and 2 yogurt cups for water.

  • Week 1: Students will learn color mixing, color blending and paint application through engaging painting demonstrations and in-class exercises.
  • Week 2: Students will learn how to create a modern looking floral painting using the paint application and blending techniques from the first class. References: Instructor’s Floral Assemblages
  • Week 3: Students will strive to produce a representational floral painting from the instructor’s references.
  • Week 4: And open studio class for the completion of all paintings.

Quebec Wine & Cheese Tour

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, September 24
Meeting Time: 8 am-5 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Meet at 322 South Prospect Street parking lot to board Coach bus
Member: $95  Non-Member: $150

Description: Just north of the border lies a world of gastronomic delights waiting to be discovered! Join OLLI instructor and tour leader Patsy Jamieson for a day excursion by Premier Coach to explore artisan cheese and wine making in southern Quebec. We will enjoy a cheese tasting at the award-winning Fritz Kaiser Fromage in Noyan, a picnic provided by OLLI, and a wine tasting at Domaine du Ridge winery in Saint Armand.

Materials:  Bring a passport or other acceptable identification, such as enhanced driver’s license, Nexus card or passport card.

Please note: If you need to cancel your attendance from this travel course, you must notify us via email to uvmolli@uvm.edu at least 21 days prior to the start date in order to receive a refund.

Great Decisions

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, September 26, October 24 & 31
Meeting Time: 10am-12noon
Instructor: OLLI Members
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Description: Join us for insightful, thought-provoking discussions about some of the most pressing foreign policy challenges that our country faces today.

 

Sectarianism in the Middle East

With Jim Phalen
September 26

Privacy in the Digital Age

With Mediha Jusafagic
October 24

Syria’s Refugee Crises

With Bill Harwood
October 31

 

Beginning Yoga I

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, September 28-October 12
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Ira Allen Chapel
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (6 sessions total) for only $50!

Description: This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for brand new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation.Students should wear loose but fitted clothing and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Beginning Yoga II

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 30-October 14
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: L/L Commons 315
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (6 sessions total) for only $50!

Description: Beginning Yoga II serves as a continuation of the Beginning Yoga I class. It is specifically designed for students over age 50 who have practiced yoga and are familiar with the basic postures. Taught in a supportive and light-hearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practice (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Every class includes elements of strength, balance and flexibility for the body and mind. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

German Language and Culture for Travelers

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, October 1-22
Meeting Time: 4-5:30 pm
Instructor: Mediha Jusufagic
Location: Waterman 400
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Explore basic German language and culture. Discuss the great places to visit and the cultural differences in German speaking countries.  Learn basic communication such as greetings, asking for information related to food, transportation, directions, hotel, shopping, health, etc. This class is meant for those who intend to  travel to German speaking countries and/or regions.

  • Week 1: Introduction to the German language. Learn basic greetings, self-introduction.
  • Week 2: Introduction to the German culture. Learn about customs, traditions, food.
  • Week 3: Introduction to basic conversational phrases.
  • Week 4: Introduction to living in Germany.

 

Understanding Emotion: Creating Healthy Relationships

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, October 3 & 10
Meeting Time: 9 am-1 pm
Instructor: Susan Leigh Deppe, MD
Location: Jeffords 112
Member: $80  Non-Member: $120

Description: We are wired for connection. Our emotions provide motivation and valuable information, but we don’t always pick up on it. Sometimes we develop patterns that trip us up, with results ranging from misunderstanding to drug use or violence. Understanding and handling emotion well creates healthier relationships, families, and communities. This series will offer some tools for compassionately understanding ourselves and others. We’ll apply the insights of Tomkins’s affect/script framework, restorative practices, and Nathanson’s powerful work on shame to parenting, personal growth, and relationships. We’ll look at the biology and language of emotion, personality, empathy, intimacy, and some of the ways we manage shame and other emotions. While not a therapy situation, the class will offer much food for thought and personal growth. While Reparative Board members are especially encouraged to attend, this class is relevant to all areas of human life.

 

End of Life Care Choices

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, October 6
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Linda Waite-Simpson
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Description: Discuss the continuum of care at end of life with special focus on Act 39, Vermont’s Death With Dignity law. We will review other care options including unwanted medical treatment, inappropriate medical treatment, voluntary stopping of eating and drinking as well as care options appropriate for your advance directive.

 

Burlington Edible History Tour

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, October 8
Meeting Time: 1-4 pm
Instructor: Gail Rosenberg & Elise A. Guyette
Location: Burlington, Meeting location TBD.
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

Description: On a 2-mile leisurely walk, discover the history of Burlington’s early immigrant groups and their food traditions, when farm to table was a way of life. We will stop at 5 restaurants that serve local foods. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

 

Human Trafficking: Context, Signs and Response Options

Register NowMeeting Date: Monday, October 12
Meeting Time: 4-5:30 pm
Instructor: Edith Klimoski
Location: Lafayette Hall L207
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Description: This class will start with a global perspective on definitions, statistics and case examples of modern day slavery and human trafficking. We will then look at what human trafficking looks like both in the U.S. and Vermont, and how Vermont is addressing the issue.

 

Classic Croissants

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, October 17
Meeting Time: 9:30am-1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: 233 Marsh Life Science Kitchen
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

Description: If you dream about making flaky, buttery croissants at home, this class is for you! You will learn how to layer butter in a tender yeast dough to create classic croissants. In the class, we will go through all the stages to make perfect croissants: from folding in butter and “turning” the dough to baking the croissants. You will take home your own dough so you can impress your family and friends with homemade croissants. Recipes for variations, such as chocolate and almond croissants, are included. Aprons are provided. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary.

 

Having fun with your iPad

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, October 19-November 9
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Mark Carter
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Use this portable technology to its full potential. This class is targeted at the new and experienced users who need help with the basics, like navigating the iPad, finding apps or music, downloading, organizing, or working with the iPad settings and making the device to do what you want it to do. Bring your iPad to class. No other tablets please.

  • Week 1: How to adjust basic settings and finding Apps, deleting apps.
  • Week 2: Multitouch gestures – 5 finger close app, 4 finger drag to go from app to app; Downloading Apps and checking for updates; Moving apps around and creating folders; Use the pages, keynote, iPhoto, garageband, and prezi to create a folder; Use Mail;  iBooks; Camera; Photo; Contacts; Calendar; Siri; Recommended Apps.
  • Week 3: Using iTunes, ibooks, choose music and video.
  • Week 4: Working with your pictures, and the Cloud.

 

Beginning Yoga I

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, October 19-November 9
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Ira Allen Chapel
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60
*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (8 sessions total) for only $60!

Description: This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for brand new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Students should wear loose but fitted clothing and provide their own yoga mat.

Beginning Yoga II

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 21-November 11
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: L/L Commons 315
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60
*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (8 sessions total) for only $60!

Description: Beginning Yoga II serves as a continuation of the Beginning Yoga I class. It is specifically designed for students over age 50 who have practiced yoga and are familiar with the basic postures. Taught in a supportive and light-hearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practice (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Every class includes elements of strength, balance and flexibility for the body and mind. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

The “Greening” of Energy – The Shift Away from Fossil Fuels and the Emergence of Renewables

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, October 20 & 27
Meeting Time: 5-7 pm
Instructor: Paul Wagenhofer
Location: Living/Learning A101
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Description: This series of talks is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of our usage of and dependence on fossil fuels, and the efforts currently underway to shift to renewable and greener energy sources. The course provides a basic introduction to the fundamentals of exploration (upstream) and production (downstream) activities. Attendees will learn how hydrocarbon deposits are formed, explored for, extracted, and transported. With this background, the discussion will then focus on renewable types of energy sources and the progress we are making to reach a sustainable, economic, and environmentally friendly energy future.

 

Reading Workshop: Short Stories by Vermont Authors

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, October 20-November 10
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Read and discuss a set of short stories by contemporary authors writing in and of Vermont: Wallace Stegner, Howard Frank Mosher, Julia Alvarez, Castle Freeman Jr, Ellen Lesser, Joseph Bruchac, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Jamaica Kincaid, and Creston Lea. We’ll look at their different approaches to common local themes: the status of outsiders, the natural setting, cross-generational conflict, and political stances. Note that the first two stories will be provided a week before the first class.

  • Week 1: Outsiders: Wallace Stegner and Julia Alvarez
  • Week 2: Nature: Howard Frank Mosher and Creston Lea
  • Week 3: Cross-Generational: Castle Freeman Jr and Ellen Lesser
  • Week 4: Politics: Joseph Bruchac, Jamaica Kincaid, and Megan Mayhew Bergman

Bridging Science & Spirit:  Time, Space & the Infinite Mind

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 21-November 11
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: Waterman 456

Member: $60   Non-Member: $90

Description: What does scientific research on Reincarnation, Prayer, ESP and Quantum Physics tell us about the mind’s ability to transcend time and space?  Topics explored in this class will include time travel, water messages, inter species communication, telekinetic archeology, psychic police work, remote viewing and the “Hundredth Monkey Effect”.  Finally, we will explore how our individual consciousness are interconnected globally and, through mass collective intention, could bring about world peace or a major healing.  Relevant supportive research will be discussed.

 

The Art of Renaissance Florence

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 21 & 28
Meeting Time: 4:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio
Location: Rowell 110
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Description: Explore the major monuments of painting, sculpture and architecture made in Florence, Italy between 1400-1550. With a focus on the Medici, the greatest patrons of Renaissance Florence, Prof. Helmstutler Di Dio will illustrate how that family used art as a means of gaining and maintaining power, especially during times of socio-political and economic crises, family scandals, and military conflicts. The Medici’s patronage of the most talented artists of their time–Donatello, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Giambologna and many others–elevated the status of Florentine art and artists to international acclaim, which has had a lasting importance in the history of art and architecture in the Western world.

  • Week 1: The Rise of the Medici;  Medici and Magnificence in Early Renaissance Florence
  • Week 2: The Medici In and Out of Power: High Renaissance in Florence;The Medici as Dukes: Late Renaissance Florence

 

Brilliant Beautiful Birds

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, October 22-November 5 & Saturday, November 7th
Meeting Time: Thursdays, 5-6:30 pm & Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Lafayette L200
Member: $85  Non-Member: $135

Description: The gray skies, leafless trees and bare fields of late fall can lower the spirits of even the hardiest Vermonter. This class will provide a splash of color and beauty. First, we’ll spend an evening with the butterflies of the bird world: warblers. We’ll see many photos and learn where “our” breeding warblers will spend the winter. Next, we’ll view pictures and hear stories from over forty birding trips. The third class in this series will prepare us all for winter birding with information about some of the big beautiful birds that don’t head south when the days get shorter and the weather gets colder. We will then take a field trip to see some of the birds from the third class.

  • Week 1: Avian Jewels: Vermont’s Warblers
  • Week 2: Fifteen Years of Birding Travel
  • Week 3: Vermont’s Winter Surprises: Owls, Eagles, Raptors and Gulls. Field trip.

 

Ancient Egypt, Early Israel and the Year Civilization Collapsed

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, October 22 – November 5
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: David Ian Lightbody
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $45  Non-Member: $70

Description: Examine new evidence showing how and why the ‘Bronze Age Collapse’ almost devastated the Egyptian Delta and East Mediterranean coastal towns at the start of the 12th Century B.C. What factors precipitated the chaos that swept across the region? Were climate changes, social inequality or plague the root causes? How did new Iron Age communities rise out of this period and how do the biblical cities of early Israel and Judah fit into the evolving archaeological story? The books of the Old Testament and Professor Eric Cline’s new bestseller 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed will be relevant texts. Group input is definitely encouraged so bring along your thinking cap!

  • Week 1: Before the storm. Bronze Age Mediterranean Civilization: ‘The International Period’
  • Week 2: The Sea Peoples and the collapse of the Mediterranean palatial networks.
  • Week 3: New light in the Holy Land. The recovery and rise of the Iron Age cities.

 

Geology of the Champlain Islands and Fossil Reef

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, October 31
Meeting Time: 10am-1 pm
Instructor: Laurence Becker
Location: North Hero
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: Learn about the Geology of the Lake Champlain Islands in This half day class jointly sponsored by Island Arts. Did you know that the bedrock of southern Isle La Motte consists of a 450 million year old fossil reef and that this reef is the oldest reef in the world where corals first appear? This ancient reef is a national natural landmark and is protected in two preserves in Isle La Motte – The Goodsell Ridge Preserve and The Fisk Quarry Preserve. We will start with a one hour presentation on the formation of the Lake Champlain Islands by Laurence Becker, who served as the Vermont State Geologist from 1995 – 2014. This presentation will be followed by a walking tour of the two preserves mentioned above.   Be prepared with sturdy walking shoes but the paths are easily accessed with a few moderate slopes to walk onto rock outcrops. The weather in late October can range from 50′s to the high 30′s, so please dress accordingly, with rain gear if lightly raining.  Transportation is on your own. Bring a bag lunch.

Materials:  Magnifying glass or hand lens to look more closely at the fossils and rocks.

 

Midlife Transitions: Letting Go and Moving Forward

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, November 2 & 9
Meeting Time: 5-7 pm
Instructor: Marty Garrett
Location: Lafayette L307
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Description: Midlife is a precious time, filled with unknown possibilities and challenges. Discuss relationship issues, career concerns, aging parents, illness, and retirement, transitions that provide an opportunity for positive growth. Learn to navigate and experience the three phases of transition. Develop a new sense of direction for meeting the challenges and opportunities you face. Explore the change process through the lenses of mindfulness, curiosity, and loving kindness.

 

Drawing as a Way of Knowing: Doors to Memory, Paths to Concept Formation

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, November 4
Meeting Time: 4-6 pm
Instructor: Michael Strauss
Location: Waterman 419
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Description: Practice and understand how the process of drawing and redrawing through revision, inspires continuing and creative change as we “talk” to ourselves in order to understand what we know. Learn how drawing helps you remember and think about things you have previously encountered. Explore how drawing to learn helps make connections, recognize patterns over time, and solve problems. The course will be of interest to artists, scientists, teachers and all those who draw to better understand the world. No previous drawing experience is necessary. Please bring some sharp pencils and pens and a drawing notebook. All other materials will be provided.

 

Scientific Glassblowing: Melding Art and Science

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, November 12
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Angela Gatesy
Location: Cook Physical Sciences A213
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Description: Historically, glass has provided scientific researchers with a desirable medium for the expression of their ideas. Early researchers relied on themselves or artisans to craft their vessels and instruments. With the Scientific Age, increasing demand for specialized laboratory glassware necessitated the development of the field of scientific glassblowing. This course will be a introduction to how research glassware is fabricated at the UVM Glass Shop. The use of glassblowing torches, lathe and basic equipment will be demonstrated. With time and interest, a chemistry research lab tour is possible.

 

Italian Holiday Cookies

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, November 14
Meeting Time: 10am-12:30 pm
Instructor: Adele Dienno
Location: 233 MarshLife Science Kitchen
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Description: Wondering what to send to your family for the holidays who live far away? Prepare delicious, freezer-friendly Italian holiday cookies such as biscotti with chocolate and dried cherries and gluten-free amaretti cookies. Aprons are provided. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. Recipes will be provided.

 

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