Brattleboro Lecture Series

Fall 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.

DIRECTIONS
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.

Comedy

All the world’s a stage, and all the stage is a comedy! Life is a clown show, and comedy is king! Learn everything about how comedy works, what it is, and why we love it from a high-spirited master of the subject.

PRESENTER: Stephen Stearns has been teaching, directing, and performing as a professional clown, mime, and actor, for 38 years. He has long been well known to audiences as the taller half of the Gould and Stearns mime comedy team; more recently as a founder and director of the New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro. Stephen has a post-doctorate degree in acting from the London Academy of Dramatic Art, and an M.A. in directing from the University of Washington. He lives in Brattleboro.

October 6. The premise and vocabulary of comedy: what is it, what does it do, and how? With simple improvisation games for group play.

October 13. Comedy classics of the past: Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, Marx Brothers, Three Stooges.

October 20. Rules of comic improvisation and the “Interesting Zone”: Avner the Eccentric, Tina Fey, Mr. Bean, Freddie Frinton.

October 27. Comedy in the movies and sketch comedy: “A Fish Called Wanda,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Tootsie,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python,” and more.

November 3. Stand-up comedy and TV: “The Honeymooners,” “I Love Lucy,” Robin Wiliams, Whoopie Goldberg, Carol Burnett, Bob Newhart, and others.

November 10. The Final: a one-hour written test on all course content, followed by an oral examination, to determine 95% of the student’s grade.*

*If you think this test is real, not even Stephen can help you: you fail the course.

WHEN: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

WHERE: Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5, Dummerston.

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


Greed, Self-Interest, and Economic Well-Being

The series examines the renewed focus on greed in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis and the more recent shift in the public conversation toward economic inequality as a defining feature of our era. We will look at the “natural history” of greed and its relation to self-interest in a market society; possible means of tempering greed through alternative economic and business forms, and public policies designed to tax or regulate greedy behavior.

PRESENTER: Jim Tober is a member of the faculty at Marlboro College, where he has taught economics and environmental studies since 1973. His courses examine comparative economic systems, land use and wildlife policy, and the distinctive economic role of nonprofit organizations, among many other topics. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (B.A.) and Yale University (Ph.D.)

October 6. Greed in America: an introduction to the series through current events and representations of greed in popular culture, followed by an overview of the lectures.

October 13. Greed: the natural history of an idea, from Adam Smith to Gordon Gekko. Can self-interested economic behavior be reconciled with generosity and altruism?

October 20. Greed and the distribution of wealth through history.What insights can we gain from Thomas Piketty’s new bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century?

October 27. Income, Wealth, and Happiness. How can we measure well-being? Is greed a means to a wrong end?

November 3. Tempering greed through economic and organizational forms. The evolution of cooperation; rethinking the corporation; the role of nonprofits.

November 10. Tempering greed through behavioral and policy changes: regulation of commerce, taxation, philanthropy. Will greed prove to be self-limiting?

WHEN: Mondays, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5, Dummerston.

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


Membership Information

Payment of $50 membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all twelve OLLI sessions during autumn 2014. Couples are welcome to join as full members at a discounted rate of $80.

Please note that this year we are instituting an additional level of membership, as follows: Payment of $30 partial membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all six OLLI sessions during either the morning or the afternoon. Couples are welcome to join at a discounted rate of $50. Lectures are also open to nonmembers for a fee of $6 per lecture.

Light refreshments will be served at all lectures. For full membership, complete the form provided and send with your $50/$80 membership fee or
$30/$50 partial membership fee (payable to “UVM Osher”) to:

OLLI
The Learning Collaborative
P.O. Box 300
Brattleboro, Vermont 05302

All lectures will take place at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5, Dummerston. 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 www.learningcollaborative.org ; 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.

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

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