Lamoille Valley Lecture Series

Fall 2016


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*

*Note: The lecture on 11/2 will take place at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 1189 Cape Cod 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

OUR DYSFUNCTIONAL ELECTIONS

September 7

Jack (Anthony) Gierzynski, Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont, will present a diagnosis and prescription for a healthier democracy. He has written four books, including Saving America’s Elections, as well as dozens of articles and book chapters on elections, political parties, campaign finance and public opinion.

WHAT IS ISLAM? WHO ARE MUSLIMS?

September 14

Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Vermont, will address the basics of one of the world’s largest and most misunderstood religions from a historic as well as contemporary global perspective.

TRADITIONAL FRENCH CANADIAN MUSIC, FROM ROOTS IN THE OLD WORLD TO ITS EVOLUTION IN THE NEW

September 21

Jeremiah McLane, noted composer, musician and teacher, will perform French Canadian music and discuss how it has changed from France to Canada to Northern Vermont. In 2013 his recording Hummingbird received the BRAVO award from the French music magazine Trad Mag.

AZTEC GODDESSES AND CHRISTIAN MADONNAS OF MEXICO

September 28

Professor Joseph Kroger, St. Michael’s College, will share his work on the Christian images of the divine feminine in contemporary Mexico and the images of 16th century Aztec Goddesses that influenced them. Goddess images were central to the devotional life of the Aztecs, especially peasants and rural dwellers. This lecture, sponsored by the Stowe Free Library, is free of charge, and is made possible by a grant from the Copley Fund.

 

THE ECOLOGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS OF SAINT FRANCIS AND POPE FRANCIS

October 5

Dr. Sue Mehrtens, Director of the Jungian Society for the Spiritual Science, will examine the shared values and environmental engagement of Saint Francis and Pope Francis, drawing on the biography and historical legacy of Saint Francis and the biography of Pope Francis, with particular attention to the Pope’s recent encyclical.

 

WELLNESS AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

October 19

Professor Susan Green, Johnson State College, will explore the history of both conventional (Allopathic) and unconventional (Alternative) medicine in the U.S. and how it compares to healthcare around the world. She will conclude with a meditation/visualization exercise to illustrate what medicine was like in 360 B.C.E. with the father of medicine, Dr. Hippocrates.

ELECTIONS IN 2016

October 26

Eric L. Davis, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Middlebury College, and a frequent commentator on Vermont Public Radio and other local stations, will return to our lectern to discuss the major factors affecting the outcomes of the rapidly approaching elections, both nationally and in Vermont, as well as the challenges facing the winners.

 

THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST

November 2

Rick Winston, film expert and former owner of the Savoy Theater in Montpelier, will use selected film clips to explore the origins and ultimate end of a Red Scare “blacklist” that occurred in the late 1940’s through the early 1960’s. At that time, many screenwriters, directors and actors were rendered unemployable due to their refusal to testify before Congressional committees. This lecture will be held at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS) at 1189 Cape Cod Road, Stowe. It is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and is free of charge.

INTO THE HEART OF TROUT COUNTRY, 400 MILES BY PADDLE AND PORTAGE TO UNGAVA BAY

November 9

Join Eric Nuse, retired game warden, and friends on a wilderness canoe trek into northern Quebec and Labrador. View the rugged beauty of the country and wildlife; and experience fly and spin fishing for Atlantic salmon, big brook trout, lake trout and monster northern pike.

 

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, – 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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