Lamoille Valley Lecture Series

Winter 2015

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.

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 7
Thomas Jefferson, The Man, The Mysteries
Robert Nixon, Jefferson scholar, will explore Jefferson’s changing views on slavery, emancipation and the relevance to the women he loved – especially Sally Hemings.

January 14
The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America’s Most Liberal State
Jim Douglas, former Vermont Governor, will discuss his new book, and share his unique perspective on recent changes in Vermont and the nation.

January 21
Woof! Dog Communication In The Human World
Deborah D’Agati-Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLC, will attempt to demystify dog communication, and explore how dogs and humans relate to, and work with, each other.

January 28
Circle Of Sawdust: The Mud, Myth, Mayhem, And Magic of Circus
Rob Mermin, founder of Circus Smirkus, will entertain with personal anecdotes of wacky characters and wild escapades from his background as a mime/clown in European circus.

February 11
Designing With Native Plants
Charlotte Albers, landscape consultant and designer, will introduce native plants hardy to the NE and discuss ways to combine them in home gardens for year-round interest and to attract birds and beneficial insects.

February 18
Selected Reptiles and Amphibians of the Stowe Area
James Andrews, Vermont’s own herpetologist and adjunct professor at UVM, will discuss the identification, natural history & conservation of some of the more interesting amphibians and reptiles from this area.

February 25
Beyond Belief: How Religions You’ll Never Believe In Can Change The Meaning Of Your Life
Michael Atkinson, Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati, will explore ways in which particular practices in religion can offer each of us strategies for living more meaningfully.

March 4
…at war over a few acres of snow”: The Role Of Archaeology In Understanding The French and Indian War
Andrew Beaupre, MA, RPA, will present recent archaeological research on the 18th century cultural landscape of the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River corridor. He will explore historic border interactions and the role archaeology plays in heritage creation and nation building in the Champlain Valley.

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

March 11
From Russia With Love
William Cotte, Professor of Fine and Performing Arts at Lyndon State College, will present the nationalist movement in music as best represented by four Russian composers: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. He will explore in sight and sound their great masterworks and discover how each, in his own way and style, expresses the essence of the Russian nationalistic spirit.


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
  • Jan Kilburn
  • Dick Johannesen
  • Diane Erwin
  • Ann Spearing

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

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