Central Vermont Lecture Series

Spring 2016 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.


January 27 — Montpelier

Attorney Laura Subin
Marijuana: Legal and Regulated

As director of Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana (VCRM), Subin will outline why VCRM believes the sale and production of marijuana for adult use should be regulated similarly to alcohol and taxed for the benefit of all Vermonters.

February 3 — Montpelier

Professor Mark Timney
Off Target: What Hollywood, Journalists, and Shooters Get Wrong About Guns

This is an apolitical examination of the mythology and inaccurate information that surround firearms. Timney will examine how our perceptions of firearms have been distorted by media and folklore and how such distortions have seriously hindered public discussion about the regulation of firearms.

February 10 — Montpelier

Lincoln Earle-Centers, Tree Care Specialist
Do Plants Think?

What is happening in plant research to precipitate a mainstream fascination with plant ”behavior” or even ”neurobiology?” It turns out that plants are doing a lot more than most of us would ever consider.

February 17 — Montpelier

Executive Director Debby Haskins
SAM-VT: Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Drawing on 25 years of work in the field of addiction, Haskins will outline the positions of SAM-VT, a non-profit group which opposes the legalization and commercialization of marijuana.

February 24 — Montpelier

Natural Artist, Nick Neddo
Making Art from Nature

Sixth-generation Vermonter Neddo describes himself as an “organic artist.” Not only does he take his artistic inspiration from nature, its landscape and creatures, but he also creates his own art supplies from the bounty of nature.

March 2 — Montpelier

Neurologist Robert Hamill, M.D.
The Brain: How Does it Work Anyhow?
Retired chair of the Neurology Department of UVM’s College of Medicine, Dr. Hamill will discuss new directions in brain research and how our ideas of the brain’s workings have changed over time.

March 9 — Barre

Professor Erica Andrus
Pluralism in America’s Religious History

The issue of what it means to have religious freedom in America has become a controversial topic. This lecture will examine how the religious landscape has changed over the past centuries and how these changes reflect the transformation of the concepts of pluralism and religion.

March 16 — Barre

Advocate George Plumb
What is an Optimal/Sustainable Population for Vermont? 

A growth-forever culture with finite resources has been proven to be bad for the environment and long-term sustainability. It is also not good for the economic well-being of people. Plumb will discuss the problems of unsustainable population growth and its effect on all of us.

March 30— Barre

Astronomer William Jefferys
The Hubble Project: Disaster & Success

Jefferys will explain the design of science projects based on the space telescope, describe the post-launch disaster, the recovery, and the amazing science that continues to result from the Hubble’s long, productive life.

April 6 — Barre **

Filmmaker Anne Macksoud
Climate Change: 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 and in the world community. Macksoud welcomes comments about the film and the broad issue of climate change. ** Alumni Hall (next to the Barre Auditorium)



Films of Louis Malle (1932-1995) with Rick Winston

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

April 13 Elevator to the Gallows (1959) A seminal work of the French New Wave starring Jeanne Moreau.

April 20 Au Revoir Les Enfants (1984) An autobiographical work set during the WWII German occupation of France.

April 27 Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) Malle’s final film is an ingenious restaging of the Chekhov play.

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Couple’s ticket: $70
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