All lectures will take place at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5, Dummerston. If you have questions regarding the Brattleboro Osher Institute or the lecture series, please call (802) 257-8600 or tollfree (866) 889-0042. Lectures are open to non-members for a fee of $6 per lecture. Light refreshments will be served at all lectures.
The Learning Collaborative is located just north of Brattleboro on Route 5 between Vermont Exits 3 and 4 of Interstate 91. We are 1.8 miles north of the rotary at Exit 3 (Brattleboro) and 4.1 miles south of Exit 4 (Putney). Parking in back. Handicapped-accessible parking and ramp are available on the north side of the building.
Becoming Human: Religious Perspectives on Cultivating Awareness and Realizing Ethical Perfection
Presented by Amer Latif
The lectures explore the ways in which various religious traditions, notably mystic and contemplative traditions, conceive of human perfection. The presentations will draw on aspects of Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Daoism, Christianity, and Judaism. The latter part of the series will focus on how the themes of attainable perfection or union with the divine are found in the mystical poetry of Pakistan and its musical performances.
Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
October 7. Perfecting the “Image of God”: Reflecting Divine Qualities.
October 14. Divine Qualities of Love and Compassion.
October 21. Divine Qualities of Patience and Forgiveness.
October 28. Searching for the Lost Heart: Human Perfection in the Confucian Tradition.
November 4. Recurrent Themes in Pakistani Mystical Poetry.
November 11. The Female Voice in Sufi Poetry of Pakistan.
Amer Latif is professor of religious studies at Marlboro College, having joined the faculty in 2003. His research focuses primarily on Islamic mystical texts and practices. He is also interested in the issues surrounding cultural translation and has published translations of the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi, the thirteenth-century Muslim scholar and mystic.
American Politics through Film
Presented by Michael Krasner
This course aims to illuminate the most important aspects of American politics by means of discussions of several recent films. Participants should have seen the designated films before we discuss them. The films will not be shown at the lectures, except perhaps as brief excerpts. (Netflix has all the films in question either for downloading via Roku or computer, or via rental as DVDs.)
Mondays, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
October 7. Neoliberalism Ascendent: Globalization, Militarization, and Financialization. Growing inequalities in wealth and income. Discussion of “Capitalism, a Love Story.” (2009)
October 14. Threats to Democracy in American politics: The Growth of Executive Power and the Decline of Civil Liberties. Discussion of “Rendition.” (2007)
October 21. Money in American Politics: Discussion of “Bulworth.” (1998)
October 28. Media and Reality in American Politics: Discussion of “Wag the Dog.” (1997)
November 4. America Fiddles while the Planet Burns: Discussion of “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006) and “A Fierce Green Fire.” (2012)
November 11. Fighting Back on One Front: The Locavore Movement. Discussion of “Food, Inc.” (2008) or “American Autumn.” (2013)
Michael Krasner has been a member of the political science faculty at Queens College, State University of New York, since 1970. Professor Krasner teaches courses on politics and the media, and on presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and mayoral elections, among other topics. A part-time resident of Westminster, he has been visiting professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and at the University of Paris.
Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all twelve sections during current semester. Lectures are also open to non-members for a fee of $6 per lecture. Light refreshments will be served at all lectures. For full membership, send your name, address, email address, telephone number and $50 membership fee (payable to “UVM Osher”) to:
The Learning Collaborative
P.O. Box 300
Brattleboro, VT 05302
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Membership in the Brattleboro Osher Lifelong Learning Institute entitles members to attend programs in Osher Institutes established around the state, as well as EEE-Burlington (Elder Education Enrichment). Your active OLLI membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the OLLI on UVM campus programs. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.
For a complete listing of all programs, see our listing in a pdf format.