Current OLLI Course Listing – Spring 2015

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.

 

Beginning Yoga

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, January 7 – 28
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60
This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for 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. The physical practice will focus on enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Great Decisions

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, January 31 & February 7 – 28
Meeting Time: 10 am-12 noon
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $25  Non-Member: $40
Join us for insightful, thought-provoking discussions about some of the most pressing foreign policy challenges that our country faces today.  Great Decisions is a nation-wide civic education program supported by the Foreign Policy Association. (www.fpa.org).
January 31 – India Changes Course with Jim Phalen
February 7 – Brazil’s Metamorphosis with Jim Phalen
February 14 – US Policy Toward Africa with Greg Vaut
February 21 – Human Trafficking in the 21st Century with Frank Driscoll
February 28 – Russia and the Near Abroad with Greg Vaut

 

Beginning Yoga

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, February  4 – 25
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60
This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for 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. The physical practice will focus on enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”: A Reading & Writing Workshop

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, March 9 – 30
Meeting Time: 4 – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Mary Jane Dickerson
Location: Living and Learning A162
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Read and discuss a sampling of poets on the American experience that will provide a context to compose your own poems on what it means to be American in the twenty-first century. For many, America is still a dream yet to be totally “achieved”. From the beginning of our literary history, poets have voiced what such ideas and ideals should mean for all America’s peoples, and not solely for those who arrived here from Europe looking for freedom of religion and freedom to pursue economic opportunity. At this juncture, at this moment and place in our nation’s history as a democracy, it seems appropriate to take heed of our heritage and what our obligations are to all citizens of this democracy in order to, in the words of James Baldwin, “achieve our country and change the history of the world” (“The Fire Next Time” in Collected Essays, 147). Our poets have much to tell us about what it means to live in a democracy and what its obligations are. In this reading and writing Poetry Workshop, we will read a sampling of how American poets have addressed the concepts and realities of living in an American democracy always in the process of becoming. In a mutually supportive atmosphere, we will attempt our own poetic expressions of roles we play even in our daily lives as citizens of our towns, of Vermont and of the United States of America. We will work with each other in small groups to encourage each other in crafting our poems to say what only poetry can express.
Materials:  Reading packets will be provided

  • Week 1: Introduction and reading and discussion of poems in course packet. Writing prompt to get ideas and material flowing. Participants are encouraged to bring poems by favorite poets to class to share.
  • Week 2: Continued discussion of poems in packet and those brought in to share. Continued workshop time to share and discuss work by participants.
  • Week 3: Workshop session followed by individual consultation time with instructor in preparation for final session of sharing work with group.
  • Week 4: Final session to share work accomplished by class members and to discuss what it means to be a poet in a democracy.

 

Beginning Watercolor

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, March 9 – 30
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Jean Cannon
Location: Marsh Life Science 129 (Landscape Design Studio)
Member: $80  Non-Member: $120
Explore color mixing and theory, washes and watery effects! All basic watercolor techniques are taught using the three primary colors.
Materials:  There will be a kit of supplies available for purchase for about $40.

  • Week 1: Color Wheels and apples, mixing secondary colors.
  • Week 2: Complimentary color charts and onions.
  • Week 3: Small landscapes using washes.
  • Week 4: Wet-in-wet fall leaves.

 

Beginning Yoga

Register NowMeeting Dates: Option 1: Mondays, March 9 – 30
Option 2: Wednesdays, March 11 – April 1
Option 3: Mondays & Wednesdays, March 9 – April 1*
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60
*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (8 sessions total) for only $60!
This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for 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. The physical practice will focus on enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Color, Form, Function: Create the Garden That Works For You

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 10 – 24
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Charlotte Albers
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $45  Non-Member: $70
Dig deeper into horticulture and landscape design concepts, focusing on fresh ways to use trees, shrubs, and perennials successfully in home landscapes. Plants for both shade and sun will be covered. Note: This class qualifies for Master Gardener continuing education hours. Note: For gardeners with some knowledge and experience.  Participants are encouraged to bring notebooks to class, and there will be handouts with plant lists for Class 2 and 3.

  • Week 1: Good Garden Design
  • Week 2: Color All Year
  • Week 3: Cold Hardy Perennials

 

Tai Chi for Health

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 10 – 31
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: Hills 122
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Learn to improve balance, agility, and increase lower and upper body strength, with this ancient  program based on Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Back Pain. 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.

This is a joint-safe activity proven to reduce pain while you improve balance, agility,and increase lower and upper body strength. 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.

 

Essential Digital Photography

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 11 – April 1
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Mark Carter
Location: Lafayette L302
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
In this hands-on class, discuss the basics to help you improve your digital photography skills. Are you new to digital photography, or have you been using a digital camera and want to know more about how to take advantage of all its features? This course covers the basic rules of photography and helps you familiarize yourself with the equipment so that you can improve your photography skills. You will learn about f-stop/aperture, shutter speed, exposure, light, and the automatic and the manual settings that you find on your camera. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to share photographs that you take during class and learn to develop an analytical eye to help you take stunning photos. Bring your digital camera!

  • Week 1: Introduction, discussion of what makes a great photograph, examples
  • Week 2: Share your best photographs & Critique Aperture Basics
  • Week 3: Share your best aperture use examples Shutter Speed Basics
  • Week 4: ISO and White Balance

 

Bridging Science & Spirit: Life After Death

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 11 – April 1
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Using Dr. Eben Alexander’s book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife as a reference, we will consider the broader evidence for the life-after-death phenomenon. This is the true story of a science-trained medical doctor who had a profound near death experience. The experience radically altered his previous beliefs about the afterlife. While using his book as a major reference, we will also consider the broader evidence for this phenomenon as well as the after-effects on the lives of those who have had this experience. Finally, we will explore Raymond Moody’s description of the “shared death experience” where a relative is witness to the initial stages of the post death journey.

 

Birds and Birding in Vermont

Register NowMeeting Dates/Times: Thursdays, March 12 – 26, 5 – 6:30 pm & Saturday, April 4, 8:30 – 10:30 am
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Lafayette L308
Member: $65  Non-Member: $100
Learn about some of the most charismatic of the 300+ species of birds that nest in VT, and visit a local birding “hot spot” on Saturday. Transportation is on your own. Note: For students enrolled in the Fall 2014 Birds and Birding in Vermont class,  this class will be all new information.

  • Week 1: Backyard Birds – including how to make a bird-friendly yard and tips on feeding the birds (and not the squirrels!)
  • Week 2: Birds of The Forests and Mountains – and related conservation issues
  • Week 3: Birds of Vermont’s Lakes, Swamps and Rivers
  • Week 4: Field Trip – location to be determined by weather and where the birds are – The weekend field trip will be adjusted to meet the physical needs of participants. It might involve stationary bird-watching, or we might walk up to two miles on flat ground.

 

Reading Workshop: Classic and Contemporary Short Stories

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, March 12 – April 2
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Aiken 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Read and discuss a set of renowned and inspiring short stories. Examine how they convey their meanings and learn about their authors: Chekhov, Munro, Joyce, Trevor, Baldwin, Proulx, Paley, Saunders. Readings will be provided a week ahead of each class.

  • Week 1: Anton Chekhov and Alice Munro
  • Week 2: James Joyce and William Trevor
  • Week 3: James Baldwin and Annie Proulx
  • Week 4: Grace Paley and George Saunders

 

The Local Trap: Are local food systems an answer or a question?

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, March 21
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Victor Izzo
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25
Over the past decade “the localvore” movement has emerged as an effective social and economic driver of Vermont food system change. For many consumers and producers engaged in food system localization, local is inherently better.  However, this simple assumption may be problematic when considering the varied outcomes of local-scale production and consumption.  During this short lecture, we will explore the various social, economic and political consequences of food system localization and objectively considered the pros and cons of a strictly local food system.

 

Three Monotheisms: Unity and Disjunction

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, March 24
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Jeffrey Trumbower
Location: Stafford 101
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30
Discuss the basics of the relationships among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Christianity began as a Jewish sect, and the earliest Muslim community prayed toward Jerusalem. All three purport to worship the same God, but each has its own interpretation of that God’s activity in the world. The class will explore historic roots with an eye toward better understanding our contemporary world.

 

Home Exchange and Low-Cost Travel

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, March 26 & April 2
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Julia Blake
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
Learn about the process of “home exchange” and ways of traveling economically – lower cost airfare, B&Bs, cottage rentals, etc. Swapping your home with someone far away is a great way to travel! Class emphasis is on Britain, but the skills apply anywhere.

  • Week 1: Full discussion of how to exchange homes
  • Week 2: Additional information on lowering travel costs

 

Cooking the Mediterranean Way

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, March 28
Meeting Time: 9:30 am – 1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: 233 Marsh Life Sciences Kitchen
Member: $55  Non-Member: $80
In this hands-on class, prepare a selection of healthful tapas, meze (small dishes served before the main meal), and an easy fish entrée as well as sample a selection of olive oils.These dishes have been linked to a wide range of health benefits. Home to rich culinary traditions, the Mediterranean region is a source of recipes that are both healthful and delicious! In this cooking class, we will explore recipes that illustrate key messages of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. This class includes both demonstration and hands-on participation sections. All recipes include complete nutritional analysis and have been developed and carefully tested by instructor Patsy Jamieson. Aprons are provided. Please wear comfortable closed-toed shoes, tie hair back, and bring food storage containers to carry home leftovers.

  • Week 1: Define Mediterranean diet. Discuss health benefits. Participants will prepare recipes that illustrate key messages of the Mediterranean diet, such as Turkish red pepper-walnut spread, orange and olive salad with fennel, fish packets with tomato-olive sauce

 

Introduction to Zentangle

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, March 31
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:45 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: Hills 17
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
Intensify your focus, increase your sense of well being and create beautiful images from repetitive patterns, using a simple step-by-step process in this fun and relaxing workshop. Join Carolyn, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), and be introduced to the creative art of Zentangle and leave with a solid knowledge of the basic principles of the Zentangle method. Finish two Zentangle tiles of your own. No art background required. Students will be creating intricate patterns, which requires focusing up close.
Note: Fees cover all needed materials, including a Zentangle take home kit.

 

Planned Giving Seminar

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 2
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Gautier Wallaert
Location: Lafayette L102
Member: Free  Non-Member: $15
OLLI of Vermont has partnered with the UVM Foundation Office of Gift Planning to offer a seminar on the financial benefits of planned giving. Planned gifts can reduce your income and estate taxes and allow you to create a legacy of support for the charitable organizations that are important to you.

 

Watercolor: Still Life

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 6 – 27
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Jean Cannon
Location: Marsh Life Science 129 (Landscape Design Studio)
Member: $80  Non-Member: $120
Explore the subtleties of light and shade with watercolor. So much can be done using fruits, vegetables, and ordinary household objects as subjects! Prior experience with watercolor is required.
Materials:  A materials list will be sent out to students prior to the first class.

  • Week 1: Painting in gray scale
  • Week 2: Maximizing color through the complimentaries
  • Week 3: Layering and glazing
  • Week 4: The anatomy of a fold

 

Beginning Yoga

Register NowMeeting Dates: Option 1: Mondays, April 6 – 20
Option 2: Wednesdays, April 8 – 22
Option 3: Mondays & Wednesdays, April 6 – 22*
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (6 sessions total) for only $50! This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for 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. The physical practice will focus on enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance in a supportive environment. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Amazing Ancient Egypt

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 6 – 27
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: David Ian Lightbody
Location: Aiken 112
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Discuss the chronology and geography of Egyptian history. Survey the culture, art, technology and Egyptian interactions with other cultures of this ancient world. The prominence of women in the Ancient Egypt culture, and biblical connections with the world of the Old Testament are special themes that will be incorporated. Students will be provided with the ability to identify key facts and reliable general level information relating to historical events.

  • Week 1: The chronology and landscapes of Ancient Egypt. Dating events in the Nile Valley.
  • Week 2: The Old Kingdom of Egypt. The first pharaohs and the great pyramids.
  • Week 3: The Middle and New Kingdoms. Egypt’s imperial ages. The important role of women in the New Kingdom.
  • Week 4: The Late Period, biblical connections and the arrival of the Greeks.

 

Italian for Travelers

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 7 – 28
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: David Tomasi
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
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 ability to create new sentences and improve your vocabulary

 

Having Fun with Your iPad

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 8 – 29
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Mark Carter
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Start using this new, fun, extremely portable technology to all of its potential. This class is targeted at the new and experienced users who need help in doing the basics, like navigating the iPad, finding apps or music, downloading, organizing, or working with the iPad settings and making the device do what you want it to do. Bring your own iPad to class and be prepared to discover a new world of fun. No other tablets please.

  • Week 1: How to adjust basic settings and finding Apps
  • Week 2: Learn multitouch gestures – run apps & sound adjustment, 5 finger close app, 4 finger drag to go from app to app; Download apps and check for updates; Move apps around and create folders; Use the pages, keynote, iPhoto, garageband, and prezi to create a folder; Use mail; Get books using iBooks – Free Book: iPad at Work; Camera; Contacts – groups are set up in iCloud (web browsing to iCloud on iPad is not possible) or on Mac; Calendar; Use Siri; Recommended Apps, how to find and install.
  • Week 3: Use iTunes to Synch your iPad, delete apps, choose music
  • Week 4: Work with your pictures

 

Bridging Science & Spirit: After Death Communications

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 8 – 29
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Fred Fengler
Location: Waterman 456
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Explore the whole field of after death communications, from personal messages for those grieving the loss of a loved one, to scientists studying the physical manifestations produced by fellow scientists on “the other side.” What are the many ways in which our loved ones try to communicate with us after they have died? Direct communications as well as indirect communications via mediums will be explored and perhaps demonstrated.

 

Understanding & Enjoying Shakespeare’s Language

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, April 9 – 30
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Richard Roy
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90
Read aloud and discuss Hamlet to make even the most difficult passages understandable and enjoyable! Have you ever attended a meeting with your child’s English teacher; had the teacher tell you the class was going to be reading a play by William Shakespeare, and responded, perhaps with an embarrassed smile, that you  never had much luck in understanding Shakespeare when you were a student? This course provides a chance to change that luck. While reading Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most famous play, we’ll find that his language is not only understandable, but enjoyable, beautiful, and frequently, humorous.
Materials:  Any edition of Hamlet.

 

Creative Memoir Writing

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, April 9 & 16
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Martha R. Lang
Location: Jeffords 234
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
Learn to overcome writing blocks, understand the memoir writing process, and organize your ideas into a well-written story. Discover the importance of your life’s events and create stories you can share with family and friends.

  • Week 1: Beginning Your Memoirs: Everyone Has A Story
  • Week 2: Reviewing Students’ Work and Their Future Writing Plans

 

Zentangled Garden

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, April 14
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:45 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: Hills 17
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
It’s Spring in Vermont and how does your garden grow…. wild, whimsical or weedy? Come enjoy the art garden growing process by creating stunning works of art using the Zentangle Method. We will be working with gray and tan toned paper, white pencils, and our familiar micron pens and pencils while learning a full bouquet of tangle patterns inspired by nature. This is a wonderful way to move beyond the Zentangle tile into Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA). Please bring your Zentangle supplies to class. All other materials will be provided. Pre-requisite: Students must have completed Introduction to Zentangle course first.

 

The Shawshank Experience

Register NowMeeting Dates: Fridays, April 17 & 24
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Instructor: Tony Magistrale
Location: Waterman 427
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
In the past 20 years, The Shawshank Redemption has more than made up for its slow start at the box office. For at least the past half decade, it has displaced The Godfather on the Internet Movie Data Base as the most popular film of all time. To celebrate its success and its rightful place in the American movie pantheon, the city of Mansfield, Ohio, where the majority of the film was shot, marked Labor Day weekend 2014 as an opportunity to commemorate Shawshank’s theatrical release in Mansfield’s Renaissance Theater twenty years earlier. Fans of the film were invited to  tour remaining shot locations,view artifacts from the film itself, and  interact with several of the actors who starred in the film, including Warden Norton (Bob Gunton). Mansfield and its surrounding towns have established a “Shawshank Trail,” where fans are welcome to tour –at any time- important film locales, especially the  Ohio State Reformatory (a.k.a., Shawshank Prison), a core “character” in the film.
The film has inspired an enormous and loyal fan base. Hundreds of people came to Mansfield to attend the twenty-year anniversary this past Labor Day weekend; and the event was given major publicity in the New York Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Post and on Cleveland television stations.  The Shawshank Experience seeks to explore this phenomenon.  Why does this film continue to resonate as a work of art?

  • Week 1: Introduction to the OSR, aka Shawshank, via photographs from the presenter; discussion of the role of the prison’s history and that history’s connection to the American penal system and the film The Shawshank Redemption. Begin a discussion of the major themes and symbols in the film.
  • Week 2: Continuation of the film’s meaning and major symbols, including the role of the movie posters Andy hides his tunnel behind, the various allusions to other films, literary, and musical arts also referenced in Shawshank.

 

Risotto Demystified

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, April 18
Meeting Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Instructor: Adele Dienno
Location: 233 Marsh Life Sciences Kitchen
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75
Learn the simple techniques necessary to produce a fabulous creamy (yet low fat) risotto using local seasonal fresh vegetables. In this class, you will use Italian rice and other grains such as farro and barley utilizing the same basic steps. We will end our class with a hearty tasting of two different risotto dishes and a salad. Aprons are provided. Please wear comfortable closed-toed shoes, tie  hair back, and bring food storage containers to carry home leftovers.

 

Learning Online

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, April 21
Meeting Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: Waterman 113Q
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30
Join this interactive workshop about learning online. This hands-on course will provide an experience where you can practice being an online student. Using Blackboard, one of the leading learning software systems, we will navigate a sample online course and use the interactive communication tools commonly used in online courses. This experience will help provide a sense of what it takes to be a successful online learner. We will explore opportunities for learning in a variety of online educational contexts at UVM and beyond, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

 

The Legacy of Mime:  Marcel Marceau

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 23
Meeting Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Rob Mermin
Location: Waterman 427
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30
Rob Mermin, founder of Circus Smirkus, and student of the legendary French mimes Marcel Marceau and his teacher Etienne Decroux, presents his memories of training with the masters. Rob introduces pantomime techniques with rare and delightful film clips of Marceau and Decroux, bringing to life the essence of the art Marceau called “the Silent Language of the Soul.” The legacy of Marceau encompasses not only his virtuosity in mime, but also his work in the French Resistance saving Jewish children from deportation during WWII. Marceau’s life as artist and humanitarian earned him the respect of the world.

 

Visual Thinking Through Drawing: What Drawing Reveals

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 30
Meeting Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Michael Strauss
Location: Lafayette Hall L403
Member: $25  Non-Member: $45
Learn about the foundational aspects of how we think and learn through drawing. Drawings we make of things we see are not just what we perceive with our senses, but something more and also something less. They are conceptions of what we perceive, not the perceptions themselves. When we draw, we extract from our perceptions what we think are the important parts. We may, for example, ignore the foreground and draw only the tree, or leave out the background and draw only the figure. We might ignore a data point on a graph so the line through all the other points is smoother, or draw repeating sequences to imply motion.

This lecture will explore the process of creating and problem solving through drawing. Without drawing or visualizing an idea, problem-solving and other creative tasks can be difficult. We often need to make a sketch or diagram to see clearly what we are working on. It is in this process of drawing and redrawing where revision inspires continuing and creative change as we “talk” to ourselves in order discover what we know. Examples of this process across the disciplines will be discussed.  Sketching can provide a path to concept formation. Rough-drawn images are seldom created for framing or hanging on a wall, but they are of seminal importance. They clearly establish the role of visual representation in understanding, expressing and communicating-to oneself and others-important theories, artistic work, and ideas. Almost everyone who thinks and writes also sometimes draws images that represent thought in ways that words cannot. These drawings are often not just a particular animal, plant, melody, apparatus, design or map. Many times, drawings are of a group of similar things; and the process of visual perception that is required to make them is often concerned with the bigger picture, the related families of animals, general forms of crystals, and the classes of molecules, muscles, melodies, cells or shells. Drawn images are often about relationships between one thing and another within a class, and their similarities and differences. In this way, drawing is foundational for concept formation.

In what ways do you use drawing in your own life? This question, addressed to participants, will be explored and discussed during the presentation.
Materials:  Just bring a small drawing pad and pencil to the lecture.

 

 

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