Central Vermont Lecture Series

Spring 2017 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 , 26 Main Street in Montpelier

The March 8 program is a field trip to the Vermont History Center, 60 Washington Street in Barre.

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.


Traditional French Canadian Music: Its Roots and Evolution

Jeremiah McLane – Musician and Teacher
January 25 – Montpelier
McLane will perform French Canadian music and discuss how it has changed as it moved from  France to Canada to Northern VT.


A Bird in Hand: Why We Band Birds

Chip Darmstadt – Executive Director
February 1 – Montpelier
Bird Banding helps us learn about the lives of our avian friends: how long do they live, how far do they fly, what are their migration routes? Learn about the secrets revealed by the North Branch Nature Center’s banding programs.


Raven Rock: America’s Doomsday Plans

Garrett Graff – Author & Political Correspondent
February 8 – Barre
Raven Rock was a survival bunker built by and for the U.S. government during the Cold War. In his forthcoming book, Graff discusses what life might have been like after Armageddon.


Introduction to Chinese Medicine

Jennifer Etheridge – Oriental Medicine Practitioner
February 15 – Montpelier
Etheridge will cover the how, what, when, and why of the 4,000 year old practice of  Chinese medicine and acupuncture to allow us to understand what it may do for us.


Strikes, Strife and Life in the Workshop of the World: A VT Organizer in China

Ellen David Friedman – Labor and Community Organizer
February 22 – Montpelier
Based on a decade of work in China, Friedman will discuss the complicated relationship between the Chinese Communist Party and the mainly-disempowered Chinese working class and what this means for international geo-politics.


A New Political Universe

Jon Margolis – Political Commentator
March 1 – Montpelier
The country and the world are faced with a whole new political foundation. Meanwhile, little ole Vermont keeps plugging along—stubbornly normal and civil in its politics. A hopeless anachronism or a hope for salvation? And salvation from what?


Freaks, Radicals and Hippies: Counterculture in 1970s Vermont

Amanda Kay Gustin – Program Director
March 8 – Vermont History Center, 60 Washington St., Barre
The VT Historical Society spent two years collecting and documenting counterculture in 1970s Vermont. Gustin will introduce the exhibit and guide visitors through the History Center.


VT and the Politics of Sustainable Energy

Tony Klein – Retired Legislator
March 15 – Barre
VT’s energy future is a delicate balance between the local need for power generation and local control. Ultimately, politics will determine our success in moving to a clean, green energy future.


The Impact of Intergenerational Relationships in Our Communities

Pam Quinn – Program Director
March 29 – Barre
Quinn, of the Twinfield Together Mentoring Program, will describe the success of such programs in fostering these important relationships, the benefits to all, and the impact of these relationships in our modern society.


Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964: Looking Back

Activists Tamar Cole, Gail Falk, Penny Patch
April 5 – LOCATION CHANGED TO the VT College of Fine Arts at Noble Hall on College Street in Montpelier.
These central Vermonters will describe their experiences as part of a movement to confront Mississippi’s extreme segregation and racism, and the impact and importance of activism today.


Movie Series

Rick Winston presents
Westerns with a Difference
Three quite different variations on the Western theme
Savoy Theater, Montpelier - 12:30-2:30 p.m. (note different time)

April 12
The 1963 film stars Paul Newman.

April 19
Lonely Are the Brave
Star Kirk Douglas called this 1962 film his favorite. 

April 26
A 1985 comic Japanese “noodle Western.”


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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