Brattleboro Lecture Series

Virginia Woolf: Her Life and Work

Midwinter Lectures: January 2017

TO:  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members, alumni, and friends. PRESENTER: Deborah Lee Luskin has been teaching literature-based humanities programs throughout Vermont for over thirty years and holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University. Deborah is also the author of the award-winning novel Into the Wilderness, in addition to being a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio and a popular blogger about Living in Place at SUBJECT: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is a British literary luminary whose life began in the Victorian era and ended in the modern one. She was a member of the famed Bloomsbury Circle, a group of intellectuals, writers, and artists breaking old restraints and creating a new syntax in literature and painting. Woolf was a journalist, essayist, and novelist. Her work was groundbreaking in its day and remains remarkably contemporary more than seventy-five years after her death. The program will consist of three sessions, each based on particular works of Virginia Woolf, as follows:

  • Session 1: The Early Years: “Modern Fiction,” “Kew Gardens,” “Jacob’s Room.”
  • Session 2: The Novels: Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, The Years.
  • Session 3: Biography and Nonfiction: Orlando: a Biography, A Room of One’s Own, The Common Reader, The Common Reader (Second Series).

WHEN: Three Mondays: January 23, January 30,and February 6, 2017. (Snow date: February 13.)Please note afternoon sessions this winter:1:00-3:00 p.m. WHERE: Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5, Dummerston. Handicapped accessible. COST: $6 per lecture, includes light refreshments. QUESTIONS: Please call Julie Lavorgna 365-7278, or by e-mail:

Membership Information

Individual lectures are open to nonmembers for a fee of $6 per lecture. We encourage attendees to pre-register by mail so as to avoid delays at on-site check-in. All lectures will take place at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5, Dummerston. Light refreshments will be served at all lectures. For general information on the Brattleboro OLLI chapter, please call Julie Lavorgna (802) 365-7278, or by e-mail: For membership, complete the form on the site brochure and send with your $50/$80 full membership fee or $30/$50 partial membership fee (payable to “The University of Vermont”) to: UVM OLLI Registration Office 460 South Prospect Street Burlington, VT 05401 For information on cancellations and rescheduling, please listen to WTSA radio (96.7 FM); call (802) 257-8600 or toll-free (866) 889-0042; consult; or call the organizers at (802) 387-5387 or (802) 257-7623. For general information on the Brattleboro OLLI chapter, use the first two numbers above.


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). Look for a single-story brick building on the west side of the road. Parking and entry are at the back of the building. Handicapped-accessible parking, ramp, and door are available on the north side of the building. For a complete listing of all programs, see our listing in a pdf format.

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