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.

Fall 2016 Courses

 

Vermont’s Migrating Raptors and Waterfowl

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, September 10 & 17
Meeting Time: 10am-noon
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

September is one of the most beautiful months here in Vermont and a wonderful time to be atop Mt. Philo looking down at the Champlain Valley, the Lake and the Adirondacks. Study fall hawk migration and participate in a mountain hawk watch. Examine other birds that are moving through Vermont in autumn, and spend a class learning about the conservation of vital wetlands that provide rest and food for millions of migration waterfowl. Transportation for field trip to Mt. Philo on 9/17 is on your own.

 

 

Beginning Yoga I

Register NowSession 1
Meeting Dates: Mondays, September 12, 19 & October 3
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Ira Allen Chapel
Member: $30*  Non-Member: $45
*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes Session 1 – 6 sessions total for only $50!

Session 2
Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, October 17-November 7
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Living and Learning A162
Member: $40**  Non-Member: $60
**Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes Session 2 – 8 sessions total for only $60!

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. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

 

Beginning Yoga II

Register NowSession 1
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 14, 21, & October 5
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Living and Learning A102
Member: $30*  Non-Member: $45
*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes Session 1 – 6 sessions total for only $50! 

Session 2
Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 19-November 9
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Living and Learning A102
Member: $40**  Non-Member: $60
**Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes Session 2 – 8 sessions total for only $60!

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 Power of Creative Writing: Exploring the Elements of Fiction

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, September 12-October 3
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Kristen Johannesson
Location: Jeffords 112
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Examine the basic elements of fiction, such as plot, character development, & setting in fiction. Explore contemporary examples through short fiction and we will continue to develop and write our own stories. Note: This session will be complementary, but not necessary for “The Powers of Creative Writing: Expanding Our Craft” Beginning on October 17.

Materials:  Bring paper and pen/pencil to class.

  • Week 1: Character development and writing exercises
  • Week 2: Components of plot and writing exercises
  • Week 3: The basics of narrative voice and writing exercises
  • Week 4: How conflict fits into our stories amd writing exercises

 

 

Tai Chi for Life

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, September 13-October 4
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

This program is especially adapted for those with arthritis and lower back pain, and has been proven to help with balance. Recent medical research at major universities has shown it to reduce the rate of serious falls in older adults by more than 50%. It is fun to learn; and with regular practice it can be an enjoyable practice for a lifetime. This class will get you started, and help to keep you going by connecting you with other tai chi players in the area. 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.

 

 

Reading Workshop: It Can’t Happen Here

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 14-October 5
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Jeffords 112
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Read and discuss “It Can’t Happen Here,” Sinclair Lewis’s all-too timely 1935 novel, set in Vermont: “A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America.” We will consider the novel’s historical background and, of course, the current election cycle. Participants will need to purchase the book or check it out from the library, preferably the 2014 Signet edition, and read the first 100 pages for the first session. Alternatively, an online text will be provided one week before the first class. Weekly reading: approximately 100 pages.

 

 

 

The Wonder of Watercolor – Level 1

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 14-October 5
Meeting Time: 5-6:30pm
Instructor: Lynn Cummings
Location: Marsh Life Science 129
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Have you always wanted to paint in watercolor but never tried, or you haven’t painted in a while and need some help getting started? In a highly supportive, interactive and informative atmosphere, join other beginners and learn how to use this exciting medium. Through class discussion, instructor demos, Q&A and critique, you’ll become comfortable with the materials as you begin your own painting. We will also cover basics of color, design and other fundamentals that will help you become more successful. There will be plenty of one on one support. No experience necessary.

Materials:

Please bring the following supplies to each class:

Palette & Paints: If you have professional quality paints* on a palette and good watercolor brushes, bring those.   If not, please contact me and I can make up a palette with shared tubes of paints & some brushes to save you money. Please email me immediately upon registering (and at least a week prior to first class) if you need supplies from me.

Brushes: Round brushes with good point sizes 18 or 20 plus a 10 or 12, flat brush 1” & a rigger. If you have other brushes, bring those too.

Paper: 3 or 4 sheets professional quality 100% cotton paper, cold press or block (at least 11 x 14) – Arches, Strathmore Imperial, Fabriano or other professional quality paper.** Also, please bring small pieces of professional quality paper torn to post card size (around 4” x 6”).

Plexiglass: a sheet of .100 or thicker at least 18” x 22”. Available at most glass shops, hardware stores, building supply stores. Should cost about $12. You do not need UV rated. (Wood, plywood, homosote & masonite will not work for this class.)

Other supplies:

v2 sturdy containers that hold at about 1 qt. water each

v1 2” or 3” inexpensive house painting brush or wash brush

v1 small pump spray bottle NOT trigger sprayer (available in cosmetic depts.)

vHair dryer

vSoft paper towels

vHB or 2B pencil (not a typical classroom-type pencil – they are too hard)

vkneaded eraser

v1 roll artists’ tape

v1 – 3 eye droppers (available in most drug stores, Walmart, etc.)

If you already have painting supplies, and have not taken one of my classes before, please email: lynn.cummings@uvm.edu to make sure you have what we will be using in class or if you have

*Be sure to buy only professional brands and grades of paints, like Holbein, Winsor-Newton, Maimeri Bleu, Daniel Smith, etc. Reeves or Cotman (sold locally) are student grade and will not perform well for you.

**All watercolor paper is not equal. If it doesn’t say “100% cotton” it is student grade and will not perform well for you.

Please buy professional quality paints and papers which will be much easier to work with.

  • Week 1: Basics – materials, tools, color theory
  • Week 2: Design basics; working from photos
  • Week 3: Saving whites; working wet in dry
  • Week 4: Working wet in wet

 

 

 

Quebec Wine & Cheese Tour

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, September 15
Meeting Time: 8am-5pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Meet at Gutterson Garage for Premier coach transportation
Member: $85  Non-Member: $120

Just north of the border lies a world of gastronomic delights waiting to be discovered! Join OLLI and tour leader Patsy Jamieson for a day excursion 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,  and a wine tasting at Domaine du Ridge winery in Saint Armand.

Note:  Bring a passport or other acceptable identification, such as enhanced driver’s license, Nexus card or passport card. Pack your own lunch. Premier coach transportation provided.

 

 

 

Issues in Sustainability

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, September 19 & 26
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Michael Abrams
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

This is an examination of some of the critical issues facing civilization in its quest for a sustainable future. First, the global consumer society, coupled with the proliferation of cities, place unsustainable demands on the planet’s life support systems. The exhaustion of the planet’s resources mean that we are entering the era of Peak Oil, and even Peak Everything. Finally, industrial agriculture is on a collision course with human survival.

 

 

Introduction to Zentangle

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, September 22
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:45pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: Hills 17
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. 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. You will create an assortment of tangle patterns, using a simple step-by-step process, and finish two Zentangle tiles of your own. Once you have Zentangle skills, you will be able to create forever. It is fun and relaxing, intensifies focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well-being. Zentangle is for everyone-you do not need to be an artist to create beautiful art. Fee covers all materials, including a Zentangle kit to take home.

 

 

A Tour of Montreal’s Food Mecca: Jean Talon Market

Register NowMeeting Date: Sunday, September 25
Meeting Time: 8am-5pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Meet at 322 South Prospect St. for Premier coach transportation
Member: $60  Non-Member: $95

Tour Montreal’s most amazing market filled with local produce and specialty foods! Join this guided tour while you browse and sample the delicacies of the area. Coach bus transportation will be provided. Lunch will be on your own. Don’t forget your passports!

 

 

End of Life Options in Vermont

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, September 27
Meeting Time: 4-5:30pm
Instructor: Linda Waite-Simpson
Location: Memorial Lounge 338, Waterman building
Member: $10  Non-Member: $25

We will review the history of end of life rights and discuss legal end of life choices in Vermont including voluntary stopping eating and drinking, refusing unwanted medical treatment, and Act 39, Vermont’s death with dignity law. We will also review various advance directive forms in preparation for completing or updating advance directives.

 

 

German Attitudes to the Holocaust, 1945-2015: Seventy Years of Change, A Personal View

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, September 27
Meeting Time: 2-3:30pm
Instructor: David Scrase
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street
Member: FREE  Non-Member: $25

This lecture and discussion covers the changing views in German society towards the terrible crimes of the Third Reich and reflect the experiences of the speaker throughout his career as a German scholar.

 

Burlington Edible History Tour

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, September 29
Meeting Time: 1-4pm
Instructor: Gail Rosenberg & Elise A. Guyette
Location: Burlington Waterfront, Meet behind ECHO Center
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

During this 3-hour tour, we walk back to a time when Burlington was a bustling village, and farm-to-table was a way of life. We discover the many cultural groups that built the Queen City of Vermont and eat at five restaurants committed to serving farm-fresh foods. Most of the tour is on flat terrain, but one section is uphill from Maple St. to Church St. and may offer a challenge to some individuals.

 

 

Floods, Droughts and Other Wild Weather: Impacts on Vermont and Vermonters

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, September 29
Meeting Time: 5-6:30pm
Instructor: Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux
Location: Lafayette Hall L111
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Snow in April. Late blooms in May. Tropical Storm Irene flooding on the heels of a summer drought. These and many other elements of Vermont’s weather and climate will be covered in this presentation by Vermont State Climatologist and Geography Professor, Dr. Dupigny-Giroux. She will use a mixture of sources from diaries in the 1800s to satellite imagery to explore the ways in which natural hazards have helped to shape the economy and daily lives of Vermonters.

 

 

History Tour of Burlington

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, October 1
Meeting Time: 9:45 am-noon
Instructor: Gary De Carolis
Location: Meet at Battery Park Parking Lot, Burlington
Member: $45  Non-Member: $65

Discuss Burlington area from 1609, to the years around the War of 1812, how it grew from a hamlet to a town, then village and finally a city in 1865, up to present day. Learn unique features of Lake Champlain. Understand why Native Americans treasured this area. Visit key landmarks and even a few spots that hardly any people know about that played an important role in the development of Burlington. Also, gain an appreciation of the political life of the city. Transportation by van is provided.

 

 

Mozart’s Don Giovanni: How the Dissolute One is Punished

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, October 4
Meeting Time: 5-6:30pm
Instructor: William Harwood
Location: Aiken 102
Member: $15  Non-Member: $30

This course is a preparation for viewing the Metropolitan Opera in HD presentation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at 12:55 PM, Saturday, October 22, at the Palace 9 Theater in South Burlington, or just to learn more about this famous work. Participants will learn about themes and characters and what they represent. We will discuss the highlights, what to listen and look for in the performance, and what happens behind the scenes. Bill has been in a production of the opera. Participants are responsible for their tickets at Palace 9 Theater or online if you choose to attend.

 

 

Self-Compassion in Action

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, October 6
Meeting Time: 5-6:30pm
Instructor: Ellen Albertson
Location: Lafayette Hall L111
Member: $15  Non-Member: $30

How do you typically react to difficulties in life, such as work stress, relationship problems, rejection, health issues, or financial troubles? Do you instinctively fight uncomfortable experiences or fault yourself when things go wrong? What if, instead, you took a moment to comfort and soothe yourself when you felt bad-as you would do for others? Self-compassion, a learnable skill, can help. Research has shown it boosts happiness and optimism, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help you stick to your diet and exercise routine. In this workshop you’ll learn the science behind self-compassion and discover essential tools for living your life fully and wholeheartedly. You’ll learn how to stop being so hard on yourself; boost security and self-worth; handle difficult emotions with greater ease; motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism; and use self-compassion skills in daily life.

Please bring paper and pencil/pen for journaling exercises.

 

 

Classic French Desserts

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, October 8
Meeting Time: 9:30am-1pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: 233 Marsh Life Science Kitchen
Member: $55  Non-Member: $85

Learn how to prepare classic French desserts like crème caramel, profiteroles au chocolat and tarte tatin. The techniques you will master –  caramel, delicate custard, cream puff pastry and pie pastry – are the base of numerous classic recipes. Join Patsy Jamieson, a graduate of La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, for a fun, informative morning of cooking with OLLI friends. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. We suggest that you bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided. Bon appétit!

 

 

Great Decisions

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, October 8-29
Meeting Time: 10am-12noon
Instructor: OLLI Members
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $25  Non-Member: $45

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)

 

The UN post-2015 with Jim Phelan

October 8

Cuba and the US with Sandy Baird

October 15

Climate Geopolitics with Jim Phelan

October 22

Korean Choices with Bill Harwood

October 29

 

 

The Power of Creative Writing: Expanding Our Craft

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, October 17-November 7
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Kristen Johannesson
Location: Jeffords 112
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

We will further develop critical skills and begin the revision and editing processes associated with creative writing. We will also examine creative writing within the essay, the memoir, and creative non-fiction. Note: This session would be assisted by “The Powers of Creative Writing: Exploring the Elements of Fiction” beginning on Sept. 12. However, it is not essential and you are most welcome to join us.

Materials:  All that is required for this class will be the students preferred medium for writing, and writing implement of choice.

  • Week 1: Revision: 3 steps in writing. The differences between Editing and Revision. Writing Exercises.
  • Week 2: Creative Writing in the Essay. Writing Exercises.
  • Week 3: Creative Writing Within Our Memoirs. Writing Exercises.
  • Week 4: Creative Non-Fiction. Where do we go from here? Writing Exercises.

 

 

Montreal Musee des Beaux Arts: Tour the Toulouse Lautrec and Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibits

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, October 18
Meeting Time: 8am-5pm
Instructor: OLLI Staff
Location: Meet at Gutterson Garage for Premier coach transportation
Member: $75  Non-Member: $120

View over ninety of Toulouse-Lautrec’s prints and posters from nearly the entire period of his lithographic career, from 1891 – the year of his first lithograph – to 1899. Take a privately arranged tour of Mapplethorpe’s exhibit which includes 250 seductive and controversial works, primarily black-and-white photographs, colour prints and Polaroids, organized along several themes – lifestyle, flowers, the body as sculpture, objects and interiors, the artist as collector and the studio. Coach bus transportation will be provided. Lunch will be on your own. Don’t forget your passports!

 

 

“Speaks of Rivers”: An Expanded View of the Literary Giants of The Harlem Renaissance

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 19-November 9
Meeting Time: 5-6:30pm
Instructor: Kristen Johannesson
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

We will take an expanded look into the writings of authors, poets, essayists, memoirists, and political activists of The Harlem Renaissance. We will review some of the works of W.E.B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Arna Bontemps, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Georgia Douglas Johnson and several others. This class will be a vehicle for discussion as well as an impetus for writing within our own cultures and our own historical context.

Materials:  All that is required for this class will be the students preferred medium for writing, and writing implement of choice.

  • Week 1: Non-Fiction: Essays and Memoirs: W.E.B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Elise Johnson McDougald
  • Week 2: The Women of The Harlem Renaissance: Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Nella Larsen, Dorothy West, Gwendolyn Benntt, Angelina Weld Grimke, and Helene Johnson
  • Week 3: Poetry: Sterling Brown, Arna Bontemps, Gwendolyn Bennet, Langston Hughes, Mae Cowdery, Claude McKay & others
  • Week 4: Fiction: Jean Toomer, Rudolf Fisher, W.E.B. Du Bois, Nella Larson, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Wallace Thurman and Others

 

 

Create a Collage!

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 19-November 2
Meeting Time: 4:30-7:30pm
Instructor: Lynn Cummings
Location: Hills 17
Member: $90  Non-Member: $140

Wouldn’t you love to find out how artists make beautiful collages and create one for yourself? In this fun-filled, energetic workshop you’ll see many examples of collages, from representational to abstract, and learn what materials the artist used and how they were constructed. Using various mediums and materials even people who think they aren’t artistic can produce a rewarding piece of art work. You’ll have so much fun you’ll want to keep making art!

Materials:  Collage papers, images or text (no photographs on photo paper – make copies onto regular paper for collaging); ticket stubs, passport stamps, play bills, whatever you want to include; 1 jar gel medium or matte gel;1 cheap brush to apply gel medium; scissors and/or Exacto knife; 140 lb. or heavier watercolor paper on which to mount collage, cut to size you want to work with; water containers for washing out brush; paper towels; corregated cardboard a little larger than watercolor paper  Optional: Lightweight objects such as beads, buttons, dried flowers, leaves, whatever you wish.

  • Week 1: Examining and analyzing various collages; coming up with an idea
  • Week 2: Cutting, tearing, laying out papers & objects
  • Week 3: Making changes, assembling your collage

 

 

Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, October 20
Meeting Time: 5-7 pm
Instructor: Mira Niagolova
Location: Lafayette Hall L111
Member: $20  Non-Member: $40

“Welcome to Vermont”, a 65 minute documentary, offers a nuanced view of lives of forcibly displaced people once they achieve their ultimate desire to resettle in the US and live the American dream. In four vignettes, it takes us inside the daily lives of  four families from Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq, and Rwanda who have recently moved to Vermont, one of the smallest and most homogeneous states in the country. The documentary raises questions about identity, assimilation, and diversity. Have the opportunity to meet new Americans.

 

 

Drawing Botanicals in the UVM Greenhouse

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, October 22-November 12
Meeting Time: 10am-1pm
Instructor: Jean Carlson Masseau
Location: Jeffords 100 and the UVM Greenhouse
Member: $120  Non-Member: $180

Learn to draw botanical subjects in a supportive atmosphere that combines classroom instruction with field drawing experiences. Jean will share observation skills that allow artists to capture a likeness and point out how understanding plant structure can aid the drawing process. Graphite pencils will be used to progress from line drawings to shading techniques as a way to render form. Each day will begin with enough classroom time to provide a foundation before heading into the greenhouse to choose from the amazing variety of plants to draw. Assignments will include leaves, flowers, plant segments and page design with lots of room for individuality. Historical and contemporary examples of botanical art will provide inspiration. All ability levels are welcome, especially beginners. Participants will bring their own supplies and a camp-type stool or portable chair if possible.

Materials:  HB, H and B graphite pencils, a pad of drawing paper, (not “sketching”, not newsprint), 9″ x 12″ or 11″ x 14″, hand held pencil sharpener, kneaded eraser, white plastic eraser, camp stool or lightweight portable chair. Optional: a couple of Micron “Pigma” ink pens – fine and medium- your choice.

  • Week 1: Introductions, classroom instruction time, foundation in observation and drawing skills with some greenhouse drawing time focused on line drawings. All greenhouse fieldwork will involve rotating one-on-one attention from the instructor.
  • Week 2: Class begins with an overview of observation skills, what to look for when drawing plants, with a focus on leaves and stems, before a drawing session in the greenhouse.
  • Week 3: Classroom instruction features helpful drawing strategies with a focus on seeing underlying shapes and forms and instruction on value and shading. Students will be given an assortment of assignments for the greenhouse drawing session.
  • Week 4: The final class will bring together lessons learned in previous classes, adding the concepts of page design and composition to create a field sketchbook page of drawings on a theme.

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people”: The Making and Meaning of an American Proverb about Democracy

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, October 25
Meeting Time: 2-3:30pm
Instructor: Wolfgang Mieder
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street
Member: FREE  Non-Member: $25

This talk investigates the origin, history, and significance of the triad “Government of, by, for the people” and how it became an American proverb defining the concept of democracy in a most succinct manner. The survey deals with the early beginnings with John Adams and moves on to its use by Daniel Webster, the abolitionist Theodore Parker, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass. This is followed by the use and function of the proverb by Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, and Barack Obama. The survival of the “people” proverb during presidential campaigns and modern sociopolitical struggles will also be discussed. While Abraham Lincoln’s name remains attached to the proverb because of its use in his Gettysburg Address, it is also often cited as an anonymous piece of wisdom that encompasses the fundamental principles of a democratic government.

 

Completing an Advance Directive

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, October 27
Meeting Time: 4-5:30pm
Instructor: Linda Waite-Simpson
Location: Waterman 419
Member: $10  Non-Member: $25

Course participants will benefit from having taken my End of Life Options Course but the class is open to all. We will review in detail an advance directive form including how to register the completed form with Vermont’s registry. We will also review Vermont’s DNR/COLST forms and will spend some time practicing how to talk to our doctors and our families about our choices.

 

Italian Pranzo (Lunch)

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, October 29
Meeting Time: 10am-1pm
Instructor: Adele Dienno
Location: 233 Marsh Life Science Kitchen
Member: $55  Non-Member: $85

Prepare and eat 2 different Tapenade spreads, a Tuscan soup of Pasta Fagoli, and a salad of seasonal greens and roasted root vegetables prepared with balsamic vinaigrette with a Vermont twist!  Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. We suggest that you bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided. Mangiamo tutti!

 

Whiskey on the Lake: Prohibition in the Champlain Valley

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, November 3
Meeting Time: 2-4pm
Instructor: Scott McLaughlin
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street
Member: FREE  Non-Member: $25

During Prohibition rather than risk being caught along the roads that crisscrossed the United States-Canadian border in New York and Vermont, many professional smugglers and others avoided lawmen altogether by using the open waters of Lake Champlain. Learn how these outlaws smuggled alcohol into the United States from Canada and how the U.S. Customs officers tried their best to stop the seemingly never-ending flow of booze between 1920 and 1933.

 

Zentangle Maple Leaf

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, November 3
Meeting Time: 4-7pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: Hills 17
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

We will begin with a 10″ x 10″ preprinted maple leaf. Using special blending techniques, create a beautiful fall-themed colored, zentangled maple leaf. All materials will be provided. The finished leaf will make a great gift. Prerequisite: Introduction to Zentangle class.

 

Sargent to Basquiat: University of Vermont Alumni Collect

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, November 10
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Christina Fearon
Location: Fleming Museum
Member: $15  Non-Member: $30

Enjoy after-hours access and a guided tour of the Fleming Museum’s special exhibition, Sargent to Basquiat: University of Vermont Alumni Collect, which includes works from the 19th to 21st century in a variety of mediums. The show features outstanding works of art ranging from a jewel-toned seascape by John Singer Sargent to the revolutionary art of the 80s from the likes of Basquiat and Warhol, to artists such as sculptor Henry Moore and photographer Irving Penn. Christina Fearon, the Fleming’s Curator of Education, will be our guide, sharing stories about the artists, their methods, and ideas behind their work. Whether you’re a confirmed art lover, or just getting started, come join the conversation!

For a complete listing of all programs, see our listing in a pdf format.

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