Lamoille Valley Lecture Series

Winter 2016

All lectures:
Wednesday 1:30 in the afternoon – sharp
$5.00 admission per lecture or $30.00 for the 9-lecture series
Location: Town and Country Resort, 876 Mountain Rd, Stowe.  253-7595

Note: The lecture on 1/27 will take place at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 1189 Cape Cod Rd., Stowe.

If there is to be a cancellation due to weather, listen to WDEV 550 AM or WLVB 93.9 FM or call Town and Country Resort: 253-7595

“Is Education the Solution to Vermont’s Problems or is it One of its Problems?

January 6
Art Woolf, an Associate Professor of Economics at UVM and weekly columnist on the Vermont economy for the Burlington Free Press, will discuss two interrelated issues: The changing age structure of Vermont and the state’s education spending level and financing system.

Alexander Twilight and the Town that Time Forgot: Historical Archaeology and the Old Stone House Museum

January 13
Andrew Beaupre, MA, RPA, College of William and Mary, will speak about his ongoing research at the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington, Vermont. The museum was home to the Orleans County Grammar School and its famous headmaster Alexander Twilight, the first African American to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from a United State’s college, Middlebury College.

Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont

January 20
Judge Robert Mello, a Vermont Superior Court Judge, former trustee of the Vermont Historical Society, and author of Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont, will describe the central role played by Moses Robinson in founding the Republic of Vermont in 1777 and swinging Vermont into the union as the 14th state in 1791.

Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

January 27
Rick Winston, film expert and past owner of the Savoy Theater, will draw on twelve film clips from The Lodger (1925), through to such classics as Notorious and Rear Window, to discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft and to illuminate the arc of his brilliant career. This lecture is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and is free of charge.

LOCATION CHANGE: Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 1189, Cape Cod Rd., Stowe.

Are We Going to Mars in Our Lifetime?

February 3
Bobby Farlice-Rubio, a Science Educator at Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury and contributor to WCAX-TV’s Star Struck on “The Thirty”, will explore all of the various ways in which Mars has influenced humanity: From being an avatar for the God of War, and the set of Matt Damon’s latest blockbuster, to perhaps being the future home of our species. No planet has captured the imaginations of Earthlings quite like Mars.

200 Years of Barns in Vermont

February 10
Curtis Johnson, co-author of Buildings Of Vermont, will offer an overview of the history of barns in Vermont from the first settlement through the 20th century, covering their changing forms and functions. Attendees will learn to visually identify the basic barn types from each period.

This lecture, sponsored by the Stowe Free Library is free of charge, and is made possible by a grant from the Copley Fund.

The Science and Wonder of Bird Migration

February 17
Charlie Browne, Director Emeritus of the Fairbanks Museum, will discuss the science driving these arduous seasonal journeys of high risk  and how the stress of migration, which is ultimately fatal to high percentages of many species, is aggravated by human habitat disturbance on both wintering and breeding grounds.

Vermont Agriculture Today, a Renaissance of the Past

(NOTE: This was originally scheduled for March 2 but has been moved to March 16 due to weather)
March 16
Roger Allbee, Former Vermont Commissioner of Agriculture, will discuss the evolution of Vermont agriculture since the French and Indian Wars and its impact on the farm sector and rural community life. What is today’s renaissance in local food production bringing to the agricultural nature of our state?

The Impossible Presidency: Will There Ever Be Another “Great President?”

(NOTE: Rescheduled from February 24)
March 9, 2016
Frank Bryan, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Vermont, will address the subject of “great” Presidents throughout American history. Then he will pose the question: Have we elected a “great President” in the last half-century? Finally, he will assess President Obama’s chance.



Membership Information

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.

Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all sessions of the series. Membership dues for the session series are $30.00 or $5.00 for a single session.

To download your membership form click here.

Send your membership form and dues to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
322 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Make checks payable to The University of Vermont.

For more information call 802-888-2190 or contact a steering committee member:

  • Millie Marron, Chairperson, 253-9011
  • Kay Stephenson, Co-chairperson, 888-5386
  • Ruth Hamilton, Co-chairperson, 253-4654
  • Daniel Noyes, Planning/Publicity
  • Nancy Tingle, Treasurer
  • Lynn Baumrind, Planning
  • Bill Robinson
  • Ann Spearing
  • Dick Johannesen
  • Pat Von Trapp

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

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