Lamoille Valley Lecture Series

Winter 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


January 8
Cannons and Nukes in the Champlain Valley

Dr. Scott McLaughlin,of UVM and Director of the Noyes Museum. Few know that in the 1960s the Champlain Valley was one of the USSR’s major targets for their intercontinental ballistic missiles. The reason: The Ring of Fire! That is twelve Atlas missiles widely dispersed in the northern Champlain Valley. This presentation explores the connections among the Champlain Valley’s forts, naval and air bases and the 1960’s nuclear defense system,as well as the current debate over the F-35 Lightening warplanes.


January 15
From Red State to Blue State: The Story of Vermont’s Political Change

Chris Graff, Vice-President of Communications for the National Life Group, former host of VPT’s Vermont This Week and author of Dateline Vermont a memoir of his thirty years in journalism, will discuss how Vermont transitioned from having a Republican majority to a Democratic one.


January 22
Winter Poems by Robert Frost

Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert will consider a handful of poems by Robert Frost that are set in winter and that take us from the first snowfall through winter’s blizzards and snow, to our looking forward to the coming of spring.


January 29
Wind Power in Vermont

David Hallquist, CEO of Vermont Electric Co-Op (VEC) will address climate change,carbon reduction, and the role of electricity in Vermont. In addition he will speak about some of the controversy that developed from VEC’s partnership with a major Vermont wind project.


February 12
The United States Supreme Court and the Power of Nine

Professor Cheryl Hanna of Vermont Law School will speak about the Supreme Court and the hot cases of the term.


February 19
Ecology & Geology of Vermont: the Shaping of Our Landscape

Eric Hanson, conservation biologist of the Vermont Center for Eco-studies and coordinator of the Vermont Loon Recovery Project will explain how various traits, including soil and climate, have influenced not only what we see in the landscape but how these factors have shaped the human settlement of the region over the past 300 years. This lecture, sponsored by the Stowe Free Library, is free of charge, and is made possible by a grant from the Copley Fund.


February 26
Emerging from the Rubble : Kosovo Today

Stowe residents Dean Pineles and Kristina Stahlbrand lived in Kosovo from 2011-2013. Dean worked for the European Union as an International Criminal Judge and Kristina worked as a university professor. The two of them will talk about their recent experiences in Kosovo as it emerged from the disastrous war in 1998-99, and moved through a multitude of serious legal problems, rampart corruption, and an educational system in flux.


March 05
A History of Vermont Folk Music

VPR host Robert Resnik and his musical partner Marty Morrissey, both long-time members of The Highland Weavers, will give an overview and history of Vermont folk music with a combination of live performances and recordings.


March 12
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail: A Visual Paddle from the Adirondacks to Maine

Kate Williams, executive director of the 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
  • George Spear
  • Ann Spearing

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

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