Lamoille Valley Lecture Series

Winter 2017


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

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

JANUARY 11
HIGH ABOVE LAMOILLE: THE VINTAGE TRAILS, ROADS, TOWNS AND TALES ALONG THE WAY
Charles Burnham, a Vermont Licensed Landscape Architect, will talk about several aerial photos of Lamoille County from 1941, 1962, and 1973 that are part of the Stowe Historical Society’s collection. These aerial photos show the history of the land use changes from farming and logging to recreation and hospitality industries. They are especially interesting when viewed from the perspective of the behind-the-scenes stories. Co- sponsored by the Stowe Historical Society.

JANUARY 18
SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD): SYMPTOMS, CAUSES, TREATMENTS, AND NEW RESEARCH ON COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Dr. Kelly Rohan, a Professor of Psychological Science at the University of Vermont, directs the clinical psychology graduate program and specializes in research on adult depression including SAD. She will discuss new research from her National Institute of Mental Health grant-funded clinical trial comparing cognitive-behavioral therapy and light therapy.

JANUARY 25
BALD EAGLE AND PEREGRINE FALCON RECOVERY IN VERMONT
Margaret Fowle, Conservation Biologist for Audubon Vermont, will discuss the natural history, population trends and recovery efforts for Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles in Vermont.  Come learn about the success stories of two of the State’s most threatened endangered species. This lecture is sponsored by the Stowe Free Library and is free of charge and made possible by a grant from the Copley Fund.

FEBRUARY 1
THE CHANGING ROLE OF WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICA
Caroline Beer, a Political Science Professor at the University of Vermont, will return to our lectern to discuss the many ways the role of women in Latin America has changed. She specializes in comparative politics and Latin American politics and has published numerous journal articles and in 2003 authored Institutional Changes and Electoral Competition in Mexico.

FEBRUARY 8
PLUTO AND BEYOND
Mark Breen is the Planetarium Director of the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium and senior Meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum. He is also the host of the daily astronomy show Eye On The Night Sky and frequently can be heard reporting on the weather. In July 2015 the New Horizons spacecraft flew past icy Pluto and its moons. The spacecraft has sent information that has retooled our knowledge of Pluto. The tiny spacecraft is continuing to the outer edge of our solar system, the Kuiper Belt. Mark Breen will address why astronomers are interested in these distant icy objects and what we have learned so far.

FEBRUARY 15
THE WESTERN ABENAKI:  HISTORY AND CULTURE
Jeanne Brink draws upon her Abenaki family history and experience as a consultant to schools to share with us the importance in Abenaki culture of elders and children, the environment and oral traditions. Who were the native people of Vermont and how did they live? This lecture is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and is free of charge.

FEBRUARY 22
CRITICAL ISSUES FACING VERMONT: HOW WILL THE CHANGING MIX OF CHILDREN, WORKERS, AND SENIORS AFFECT TAXES, SPENDING AND THE ECONOMY
Art Woolf is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont where he has taught since 1980. He was State Economist for Governor Madeleine Kunin and writes a weekly column on the Vermont economy for the Burlington Free Press. Associate Professor Woolf will discuss how a combination of some critical factors currently in Vermont affects taxes, spending and the economy overall.

MARCH 1
RESCUE AND REPAIR OF CARDIAC TISSUE AFTER INJURY: TURNING STAR TREK INTO SESAME STREET
Dr. Jeffrey Spees of University of Vermont’s College of Medicine will present recent work from his research group in the rapidly moving field of regenerative medicine. He will discuss the development of cell-based and combinatorial therapeutics designed to rescue and repair cardiac tissue to improve cardiac function after myocardial infarction (heart attack).

MARCH 8
ROCK N’ ROLL: FROM ELVIS TO LADY GAGA
Joel Najman, noted Vermont musicologist, will speak about the themes and origins of rock and roll. He can be heard on WDEV and is the host to the VPR program My Place. Joel will discuss what inspired Elvis and those whom Elvis inspired. He will also develop musical and lyrical threads through groups from The Who to Moody Blues. Remember those B Side records? Joel will talk about their importance as the stepping-stones for developing more complex music in rock and roll history.

 

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.

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure. Send your membership form and dues to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 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, – Chair
  • Kay Stephenson & Ruth Hamilton – Co-Chairs
  • Nancy Tingle – Treasurer
  • Lynn Baumrind
  • Dick Johannesen
  • Dan Noyes
  • Bill Robinson
  • Ann Spearing
  • Pat Von Trapp
  • Duncan Tingle

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

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