Brattleboro Lecture Series

Midwinter Lectures: January-February 2014

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.

An International Judge Reflects on the Genocide, the War Crimes, the Trials

PRESENTER: Judge Patricia Whalen is a resident of Westminster West and a retired member of the Vermont judiciary. She served as an international judge in the War Crimes Chamber at the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina for five years from 2007 until 2012 and is currently a special advisor to the Court. As an international judge she presided over trials at the Court stemming from the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, including the
trial of Milorad Trbić, the highest ranking officer to be convicted of genocide at Srebrenica, and General Novak Dukić, convicted of bombing the city of Tuzla, resulting in the largest death toll by a single shelling in the war.

SUBJECT: The three-session series will describe the events surrounding the war in the former Yugoslavia.

Session 1 will place particular emphasis on the siege of Sarajevo (1992-96), to be examined using slides and war footage. A short movie, For the Love of Books, will also be screened in the first session. The movie reflects the resistance and hope of survival which characterize the spirit of the people of Sarajevo.

Session 2 will focus on the law of armed conflict and will explore the legacy of Nuremberg. The history and work of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be examined. The genocide at Srebrenica will be discussed and related to war crimes trials and the law of genocide.

Session 3 will offer a look at Bosnia and Herzegovina today. Both lessons learned and opportunities lost will be discussed with an eye to global conflict today. The DVD In the Name of the SON will be shown followed by a discussion on reconciliation.

WHEN: Three Mondays, January 27, February 3, February 10. Please note afternoon sessions this winter:1:00-3:00 p.m. (Snow date: February 17.)

WHERE: Southeastern Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5, Dummerston. Handicapped accessible.

COST: $6 per lecture, includes light refreshments.

QUESTIONS: Please call the Learning Collaborative at (802) 257-8600 or toll-free (866) 889-0042.

Membership Information

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:

Osher Institute
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.

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