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
“Whiskey on the Lake: Prohibition in the Champlain Valley,” presented by Scott McLaughlin of UVM and director of the Noyes Museum. Rather than risk capture at the U.S.- Canadian border, many professional smugglers turned to the open waters of Lake Champlain. Learn how these outlaws smuggled alcohol into the US from Canada and how the U.S. Customs officers tried their best to stop the seemingly never- ending flow of booze between 1920 and 1933.
“Reporting From Iran: A Journalist’s Experiences in the Islamic Republic,” presented by senior Vermont Public Radio reporter Steve Zind. Zind has traveled to Iran four times over the past eight years to file reports for VPR, NPR and WBUR’s The World. He’s interviewed conservatives and reformists and spent time in the homes of ordinary Iranians. He will discuss his experiences and reflect on the history of Iran’s relations with the West.
“Native Prophecies and Visions for Our Future,” presented by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, director of the Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences. Many native people – the Mayans, Aztecs, Incas, Hopi – have offered the world their visions for our collective future. Some of these visions are hundreds of years old. Many have come true, more are unfolding even now, and all offer us hope and encouragement as we anticipate the coming decades. Just what these visions are, and how we might respond to them is the core of this presentation.
“History of the Abenakis; Some New Discoveries about Vermont’s Original Inhabitants,” presented by Fred Wiseman, Professor of Humanities, Johnson State College, and citizen of the Missisquoi band of Abenakis. He has studied indigenous culture in Vermont and has published five books and many articles on Abenaki history and culture. He has also produced three films on the Abenakis. Professor Wiseman will share some of his new discoveries about Vermont’s original inhabitants.
“Raising Whales: How Cetaceans Engineer the Oceans,” presented by Joe Roman of UVM. Great whales are the largest animals in the history of life on Earth. Before commercial whaling, they played an essential role in the structure of the world’s oceans. Their depletion has altered the structure of the oceans. Learn about their future and how their numbers are recovering across the globe. This lecture, sponsored by the Stowe Free Library through a grant by the Copley-Munson Foundation, is free of charge.
“Alone, Together, or Global Village? : Individual and Societal Implications of Social Networking,” by UVM Chair of the Sociology Department, Professor Tom Streeter. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter seem here to stay, but how are we to approach them? Are they mere entertainments, important tools, or something else altogether? Professor Streeter has both practical advice and some theories about how to understand the role of social networks in the 21st century society.
“Poor Mexico: So Far from God, So Close to the United States,” presented by UVM Professor Caroline Beer. This popular Mexican saying sums up the views of many Mexicans towards their northern neighbor. From the Mexican-American War to the current Drug War, the history of Mexico has been intimately intertwined with policy decisions made in Washington. This lecture will provide and overview of the history of U.S. – Mexican relations from the perspective of Mexico.
“Winter Planning for Spring Planting,” presented by UNH master gardener and author of four books on gardening, Henry Homeyer. March is the time to start seedlings of long-season vegetables and flowers, as well as the time to order seeds and tubers for planting later on. Mr. Homeyer will share ideas about ways to save money and have more diversity in the garden. He will demonstrate the use of a soil-block marker as an alternative to using plastic six-packs for seeds.
“Barbershop- the Original Glee!,” presented by Greg Morrill. Barbershop Harmony is an original American art form with its roots in the minstrel show of the 1800’s. In 1938 an organization was formed to preserve that art form. Through the years the music has evolved and gained an international following. The 2012 quartet champions are from Sweden! This presentation will define and demonstrate what Barbershop Harmony is, and will also go through some history and the current status of the art form.
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.
Send your dues, name address, city, state, zip code, phone number, and email to:
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute—Lamoille Valley
510 Carroll Mt. Lane
Morrisville, VT 05661
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
- George Merwin, Treasurer
- Lynn Baumrind, Planning
- Jan Kilburn
- Dick Johannesen
- Diane Erwin
- George Spear
- Ann Spearing
For a complete listing of all programs, see our listing in a pdf format.