Lamoille Valley Lecture Series

Fall 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

September 6
PAINTING A NATION: AMERICAN ART AT THE SHELBURNE MUSEUM
Katie Kirchhoff, Associate Curator at the Museum, will discuss its collection and history, highlighting works by both famous and less well-known artists. Additionally, she will review current curatorial research projects and include the behind-the-scenes workings of Vermont’s leading museum.

September 13
THE GRANITE CUTTERS’ STORY: A HISTORY OF VERMONT’S 200 YEAR OLD GRANITE INDUSTRY
Dr. Scott McLaughlin, Director of the Vermont Granite Museum, will present the cultural and anthropological perspective of Vermont’s granite industry as a tale of hope and loss, and of the eager immigrants chasing a dream who shaped our nation’s cemeteries, parks and public architecture. His degrees include a BA in Anthropology, an MA in Nautical Archaeology and a Ph.D. in Archaeology.

September 20
HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE: TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH
William H. Jefferys, a Harlan J. Smith Centennial Professor Emeritus in Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin will discuss the problems discovered after the launch of the Hubble Telescope; how they happened and how they were fixed; and the wonderful science that has resulted in the ensuing 27 years.

September 27
THE ROLE OF A SHEIFF IN THE STATE AND IN LAMOILLE COUNTRY
Sheriff Roger M. Marcoux, Jr. will speak about the mandated role of Vermont Sheriffs and how that role has changed in the 17 years he has been in office.  He will also speak of the many challenges and successes he has encountered in his career.

October 4
THE HISTORY OF SPICES
Benjamin (Hank) Kaestner III, former chief spice buyer at McCormick, will take us back to the dawn of civilization, as spice buying is the world’s second oldest profession! He will trace the use of spices by the early Chinese, the Romans, the Egyptians, following the “Age of Exploration” when the European powers discovered direct routes to the spice origins in India and southeast Asia.

October 11
FREAKS, RADICALS, AND HIPPIES: COUNTERCULTURE IN 1970′S VERMONT
Amanda Gustin, Public Program Manager at the Vermont Historical Society, will provide a report on the information collected for two years by the Vermont Historical Center documenting counterculture in 1970’s Vermont.

October 18
THE AUDACITY OF MIGRATION: PERSPECTIVES OF THE BLACKPOLL WARBLER, THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY AND THE WANDERING GLIDER DRAGONFLY
Writer and Field Naturalist Bryan Pfeiffer will reveal the secrets and new science of the migratory movements of the Blackpoll Warbler, the Monarch Butterfly and the Wandering Glider Dragonfly. With Bryan’s images, stories and humor, you will discover what new and innovative research tells us about how animals move to survive.

October 25
POLITICAL POLARIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES:CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES
Eric L. Davis, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Middlebury College returns to our lectern to discuss the causes of the political polarization that has increased in our country over the past 15 to 20 years to an all-time high resulting in a dysfunctional political system oriented toward short-term solutions in the face of serious policy problems that require longer-term action.

November 1
SILENTS ARE GOLDEN: A CELEBRATION OF SILENT CINEMA
Rob Mermin, founder of Circus Smirkus, will explore the era of silent films, featuring a dazzling array of clips from many silent films. Famous stars included will be Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, the great Garbo, Chaplin, Keaton & many more!

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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