Lamoille Valley Lecture Series

Fall 2014

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


September 10
Vermont’s Weather – Past Present, And Future
Mark Breen, Senior Meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium and VPR’s “Eye on the Sky” forecaster will explore the basics of climate in laymen’s terms, then looking to both science and common sense for answers to questions concerning the prediction of future changes.

September 17
The Afterlife Journey Of The Soul
Dr. Sue Mehrtens, Director of the Jungian Society for the Spiritual Sciences, will address questions such as: What happens after death, and what might await us on the other side? She will also talk about the current science on the subject of the afterlife.

September 24
Observing The Lives Of Birds
Charlie Browne, Director Emeritus of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium and lifelong bird enthusiast, will focus this presentation on observable bird behaviors and their adaptive value.

October 1
First Lady Grace Coolidge: What Was Her Influence And Image?
Cyndy Bittinger, of the Community College of Vermont, will share some of her insights about Grace Coolidge: What was her image? What influence did she have on her husband, her family, the administration, and the nation?

October 8
Art Therapy
Leland Peterson, Adjunct Associate Professor of Art Therapy, Concordia University, Montreal and Adjunct Faculty Member in Environmental Humanities, Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT, will explore the roots of art therapy as it developed into a practice, merging understandings of art and psychology. He will survey recent applications of art therapy in relation to new understandings of the mind.

October 15
The 2014 Elections In Vermont
Eric L. Davis, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Middlebury College and frequently heard commentator on Vermont Public Radio, WDEV, and WCAX Channel 3, will discuss and analyze the various factors that will influence the outcomes of this year’s statewide elections.

October 22
What Americans Should Know About Africa
Peter VonDoepp, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont and author of numerous studies on Africa, will discuss the dramatic political and economic changes that have taken place in Africa over the last two decades. This lecture, sponsored by the Stowe Free Library, is free of charge and made possible by a grant from the Copley Fund.

October 29
The Art Of Stone
Thea Alvin, an instructor at Yestermorrow Design/Build in Warren, VT, is a self-taught artist and dry stone mason who is famous worldwide for building stone arches and circles with no mortar. She was featured in the New York Times Home and Garden section, and most recently appeared on Oprah Network. Her slide show presentation will have many examples of her work from the past few years. *Please note: This lecture will be held at River Arts, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT, 802-888-1261.

November 5
Vermont History Of Song
Linda Radkte, well-known area mezzo-soprano and host on Classic Vermont [WCVT 101.7], joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, will bring Vermont history to life with engaging songs found in the Vermont Historical Society’s collection of sheet music. This lecture is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and is free of charge. *Please note: This lecture will be held at River Arts, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT, 802-888-1261.

November 12
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail: A Visual Paddle From The Adirondacks To Maine.
Karrie Thomas, Executive Director of Northern Forest Canoe Trail, will describe a 740-mile water trail tracing traditional Native American travel routes across New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine.

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.

Send your dues, name address, city, state, zip code, phone number, and email to:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute—Lamoille Valley
Kay Stephenson
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
  • 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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