Central Vermont Lecture Series

Spring 2015 Program

Montpelier Senior Activities Center (MSAC) or Barre Aldrich Library (BAL)


All programs are on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. Lectures are held Montpelier Senior Activity Center or Aldrich Public Library, Barre. Doors open at 12:30pm for those wishing to have brown bag lunch together.


February 4 — Montpelier
Musicians Robert Resnik & Marty Morrissey
History of Vermont Through Music
VPR host Robert Resnik and his musical partner Marty Morrissey, both long-time members of The Highland Weavers, will give an overview and history of Vermont folk music with a combination of live performances and recordings.

February 11 — Montpelier
Photographer Craig Line

Craig Line is a fine art photographer who exhibits widely, with photos from Vermont and around the world.  Some of his photos are currently on display at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center.  Visit his website at:  craiglinephotos.com

February 18 — Montpelier
Author Tim Brookes
Disappearing Alphabets & the Future of the Written Word
Author, writer, guitarist and woodcarver Brookes will share his thought-provoking perspective on the question of ”What does the age of Digital Convergence, Twitter and eBooks mean to the future of the written word?” Sponsored by the VT Humanities Council through its Speakers Bureau.

February 25 — Barre
Traditional Upholsterer Ellie Blachly
What Lies Beneath the Surface? Uncovering the story of two chairs from Holyroodhouse
Blachly’s presentation about 18th century upholstery is a case study involving a queen, a palace, and the women who produced the needlepoint.

March 4 — Montpelier
Biologist Walter Medwid
The Good, the Bad, the Wolf
Former executive director of the International Wolf Center (MN) and past director of both the Adirondack Mountain Club and Northern Woodlands Stewardship Center (VT), Medwid will discuss the place of wolves in our ecosystem, their reintroduction, and their future.

March 11 — Montpelier **
Tour of Montpelier’s new biomass heating plant
District Heat Montpelier is a joint city/state project which provides local renewable energy to downtown Montpelier. A guided tour will be led by representatives from the state and the city with time allowed for questions and answers.  
** Meet in the basement conference room at 120 State St. (DMV bldg.)

March 18 — Barre
Author Katherine Paterson
Read for Your Life
Nationally acclaimed and locally based author Katherine Paterson will discuss and try to answer the very relevant question, “In the age of technology, what is literature for?”

April 1 — Montpelier
Meteorologist Roger Hill
Climate Change Update
Roger Hill has been paying attention to global climate change for many years.  He will give a presentation which takes into account the most current climate research.  The results are unambiguous.   “Houston, we have a problem.”

April 8 — Barre
Professor Chris Danforth
Big Data: Measuring Emotions in Real Time
What can be learned from the huge volume of words we type on social media such as Twitter? What issues do this data mining raise? UVM math professor Danforth will describe the ‘hedonometer project’ based on his research. It reveals the general level of happiness in our society.

April 15 — Barre
Cookbook Author Andrea Chesman
Cooking by the Book
While she prepares tidbits for later consumption, gardener, editor and author Andrea Chesman will discuss recipes, cookbooks and the food science behind it all. Be prepared to participate while being entertained.

Masters of International Cinema Series

with Rick Winston
Savoy Theater, Montpelier
12:30-2:30 p.m.**
**Note different time and location

April 22
In Ingmar Bergman’s 1963 Winter Light, a priest grapples with loss of faith.

April 29
The 1952 romantic comedy The White Sheik was Frederico Fellini’s first solo- directed film.

May 6
In the 1957 Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa transposes the plot of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to feudal Japan.


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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Please send in your payment and the membership form to:
(make checks payable to: The University of Vermont)

UVM OLLI Registration Office
322 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401
For further information, call: 802-454-1234 or e-mail: pdaggett@myfairpoint.net.

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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.

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