Central Vermont Lecture Series

Fall 2016 Program

2014ctrlvtolliphotoMost programs will be held at the

Montpelier Senior Activity Center

58 Barre St. Montpelier


Aldrich Public Library
6 Washington St. Barre

Films will be shown at the Savoy Theater on Main Street in Montpelier

The September 26 program is a field trip to the Barre Granite Museum.

The October 5 program will take place at Noble Hall Lounge on the Vt. College of Fine Arts campus on College Street, Montpelier

Programs will not take place when the Montpelier schools are cancelled for weather. You may call (802) 479-2602 to confirm.

Programs take place on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. (films at 12:30) $5 suggested donation per program or $40 for the 13-program series


Symphony for the City of the Dead: Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

Author M.T. Anderson
September 14—Barre

Using images and music, the author will discuss the symphony written in the besieged city during World War II, and what it can tell us about evil, heroism, the arts, and the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity.


Arts and the Community

Musician/Conductor Lou Kosma
September 21—Barre

Vermont Philharmonic conductor, bassist, and educator will discuss how arts organizations affect communities from New York City to Central Vermont.


The Barre Granite Museum

Executive Director Scott McLaughlin
September 28—Barre (7 Jones Brothers Way, Barre)

Dr. McLaughlin will outline the story of Vermont’s granite industry: the immigrants, artists, and their legacy of tragedy, hope, innovation, frustration, and beauty.


2016 Politics or Is This the End of the World as We Know It?

Political Columnist Jon Margolis
October 5 — VCFA Montpelier (Noble Hall Lounge at Vt. College of Fine Arts)

After this election,we’ll have new leadership at the state and national levels.Why have some campaigns been so unconventional—even bizarre? The answers include one that many people do not want to hear.


Mysteries: Why we Read ‘Em and Who We Ought to Read

Librarian/Bookseller George Spaulding
October 12—Montpelier

Why has detective fiction been a favorite for over 175 years? We’ll talk about the reasons we love various authors and characters, and maybe find some new favorites.


Polls, Politics, and Probabilities

Mathematician Bob Rosenfeld
October 19—Montpelier

Learn about the history, design, and accuracy of polls including some that turned out to be wrong—and why. How are polling statistics calculated and what do they really mean?


The Brain: How Does It Work and How Can We Preserve It?

Neurologist Robert Hamill, M.D.
October 26—Montpelier

New understandings of brain function and dysfunction plus evolving research techniques and strategies for improving brain health as we age.


Valentia to Heart’s Content: The Story of the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

Children’s Book Author Leda Schubert
November 2—Montpelier

In 1866, after 10 years of costly and dangerous work, this eighth wonder of the world was completed—the “first Internet.”


Lives of the Stars!

Scientist Bobby Farlice-Rubio
November 9—Barre

This stellar safari will explore new knowledge about the life cycles of stars and our interdependence on them. Could we be close to answering the eternal question: Are we alone?


Green Mountain Girls: Women of the Long Trail

Trekker Reidun Nuquist
November 16 — Barre 

Known as the Three Musketeers, the first women to hike the 270-mile Long Trail in 1927 were true female pioneers. We’ll learn about them and other remarkable outdoors women of Vermont.

Rick Winston will examine three films that captured everyday life in Northern Ireland during the violence-filled period known as “The Troubles.” Savoy Theater, Montpelier 12:30-2:30 p.m. (note different time)

The Boxer
November 30
This 1997 film stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson.

Some Mother’s Son
December 7
Starring Helen Mirren, this 1996 film tells the true story of the 1981 prison hunger strike.

Bloody Sunday
December 14
This 2002 film recounts the stunning violence of 1972 that haunted the peace process for years.

Membership Information


Individual ticket: $40
Couple’s ticket: $70
You may also attend single events (suggested donation $5.00 payable at the door)

HALF-PRICE SPECIAL First-Time Members only:

Individual ticket: $20

Couple’s ticket: $35

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure. Please send in your payment and the membership form to:
(make checks payable to: The University of Vermont)

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401
For further information, call: 802-479-2602 or e-mail: gracewgreene@comcast.net

Become a member today!

Membership in your local OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) entitles you to attend programs at any of the other 7 OLLI sites throughout Vermont, as well as EEE-Burlington (Elder Education Enrichment). Your active OLLI membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the OLLI programs on the UVM campus. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.


Steering Committee: Hedi Ballantyne, Marge Christie, Priscilla Daggett, Edie Miller, Reidun Nuquist, Bob Rosenfeld, Alan Taplow

Program Committee: Alice Blachly, Marge Christie, Priscilla Daggett, Grace Greene, Edie Miller, Robert Murphy, Gayle Poinsette, Bob Rosenfeld

Hospitality Committee: Hedi Ballantyne, Anne DeVaughn, Amalia DiStefano

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

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