Central Vermont Lecture Series

Fall 2015 Program

2014ctrlvtolliphotoPresentations Wednesdays 1:30 p.m.

Montpelier Senior Activity Center **
58 Barre St. Montpelier
** Note several changes of location


Aldrich Public Library
6 Washington St. Barre

Note: Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for those wishing to bring a brown bag lunch.


September 9 — Montpelier
Musician Mark Greenberg
Pete Seeger: Musician
Known around the world as America’s premier song leader and social activist, Pete Seeger was a first-rate musician. This performance/talk will focus on his music – its sources, its significance, and Pete’s great skill as a player, arranger, writer, teacher, and, of course, song leader.

September 16 — Barre
Commentator Haviland Smith
Events & Trends in the Middle East
Retired CIA Station Chief Smith will examine important current events in the Middle East which will affect American interests and policy.

September 23 — Barre
Anthropologist, Andrew Beaupré
”…at war over a few acres of snow”: The Role Of Archaeology In Understanding the French and Indian War
Beaupré will explore heritage creation and nation building in the Champlain Valley through recent historical archeological research.

— CANCELLED — September 30 — Montpelier **
Filmmaker Anne Macksoud
Climate Change Part I: The Wisdom to Survive
This film, co-directed with John Ankele, deals with the urgent question of climate change, examining what we can do in our own communities, in our state, in the world community. Macksoud welcomes comments about the film and the broad issue of climate change.

**Montpelier Senior Activities Center (changed as of 9/16)

October 7 — Montpelier **
Climate Advocate Jade Walker
Climate Change Part II: Climate Justice
We know that climate change is already having devastating effects on our planet, and that these changes are accelerating. What do we do? What can we do? Climate justice worker Walker, who works with 350VT.org, will offer solutions which will require systemic changes and are doable.

**Montpelier Senior Activities Center (changed as of 9/16)

October 14 — Montpelier **
Rediscovering Thomas Waterman Wood: A Tour of the new T.W. Wood Gallery & Art Center
Explore this 120-year-old Montpelier institution in its new location. Learn about its history and enjoy its new space and its exhibits.

**46 Barre St; enter the double purple doors on Monsignor Crosby Ave.

October 21 — Barre
Trainer Deb Helfrich
Woof! Dog Communication in the Human World
This fun, interactive multi-media presentation will demystify dog communication, reveal some common dog-human misunderstandings, and explore how we can all live safely and happily together.

October 28 — Montpelier
Historian Carrie Brown
Rosie’s Mom: Women at Work in WWI
Brown explores the work, the struggles, and the contributions of women war workers a full generation before Rosie the Riveter. New technology made their work possible, but their own courage and determination transformed labor conditions in America.

November 4 — Montpelier
Folklorist Michael Billingsley

Hidden Ireland: Prehistoric Clues
Billingsley’s original research and talk focus on the period 3200-1100 B.C and the remarkable first settlers of the region who had a more advanced culture than originally imagined.

November 11 — Montpelier
Author Charles Johnson

Ice Ship
This book describes 3 polar voyages by the ice ship Fram and her crews. Storyteller Willem Lange says of his E. Montpelier neighbor’s book, “…[it] captures the essence of the Norse spirit that fills in the answer to the one remaining question: Why?”



1950s TV as Seen on Film with Rick Winston

Savoy Theater, Montpelier12:30-2:30 p.m.**
**Note different time and location

November 18
A Face in the Crowd
Elia Kazan’s 1957 drama follows a country singer (Andy Griffith) who becomes a television idol – and demagogue.

December 2
Quiz Show
Robert Redford’s 1994 film examines the 1958 game-rigging scandal involving Charles Van Doren.

December 9
Good Night and Good Luck

This is George Clooney’s 2005 dramatization of Edward R. Murrow’s exposure of Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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

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(make checks payable to: The University of Vermont)

UVM OLLI Registration Office
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Burlington, VT 05401
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