Rutland Lecture Series

Fall 2017

The Rutland Area Osher Lifelong Learning Institute exists to promote continuing education for area residents aged fifty and over. Started in 2003 as an affiliate of the University of Vermont with a startup grant from the Osher Foundation, we are an all–volunteer, nonprofit organization.

We are grateful to the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department and to the volunteers who make this program possible.

Time and Place
Each of the twelve presentations in this Winter 2017 term will be from 1:30 to 3:00 PM on a Friday afternoon at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer Street (off Woodstock Avenue) in Rutland. For directions to the Godnick Center or for program information, call 446-2041 or 492-2300.

What If It Snows?
In the event of a severe winter storm or storm warning, we will follow the lead of the Rutland High School.  If RHS closes for the day (not simply a delayed opening), we will cancel our program for that day.  RHS closings are announced on local radio and TV and



September 1
Great “Unfinished” Masterpieces – Part I
Professor William (“Bill”) Cotte, professor of music at Lyndon State College since 1990, returns to Rutland once again to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for music.  Today he will explore, in sight and sound, some of the great music masterworks from Beethoven to Mahler, which, though “unfinished”, seem whole and complete.  These works have become a mainstay of the concert repertoire.

September 8
Great “Unfinished” Masterpieces – Part II
Professor Bill Cotte of Lyndon State College continues his two-lecture presentation of some of the most beloved “unfinished” masterpieces. Some of the truly great composers (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, and many others) have left us with a mysterious legacy of masterpieces left unfinished for various and unusual reasons.  Many of these works are now the standard repertoire of classical music performance.            

September 15
Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation
Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses on the cathedral door at Wittenburg 500 years ago launched a movement that utterly transformed Western society and our notions of authority, culture, art, and tradition.  Professor of Religion Randall Balmer at Dartmouth College will offer an assessment of the Protestant Reformation half a millennium later.

September 22
A Cartoonist’s View of the World
Jeff Danziger has been editorial cartoonist for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus for nearly 40 years.  His work depicts Vermont life and politics as well as American and international politics, and has appeared in numerous American and international magazines and newspapers.  Jeff will speak about his experiences working in journalism; he’ll also talk on politics, newspapers, serious stuff, and funny stuff.  He’ll show a number of his cartoons and a short video.

September 29
Journalism In The Era of Fake News
Anne Galloway
, founder of Vtdigger and Executive Director of the Vermont Journalism Trust, will address “fake” news and how this phenomenon affects not only how we interpret the news but also how journalists report the news.

October 6
Bridging the Digital Divide
Birds tweet all day and now people do too. Computers bring people together whether it be across the couch or across the world. We can communicate, do our banking, access entertainment and shop right at our kitchen table. Linda Byrant, founder and owner of Senior Circuit will show us how social media can open up a whole new world.

October 13
Teaching Reading, Writing and Arithmetic in 2017
Mary E. Moran, Superintendant of the Rutland Schools, will tell us what it’s like to be a teacher today. With bullying, broken families and the drug problems, how do teachers cope? How do the children and parents cope?

October 20
How Hospitals Are Improving Non-Medical Determinants of Community Health
Hospitals are looking beyond medical care to improve the health of the communities they serve. To address the root causes of chronic health conditions, hospitals are assessing and addressing needs related to hunger, homelessness, transportation and physical activity. Learn how RRMC is addressing the needs of the Rutland Region.

Food, Glorious Food


October 27
Cheese: From Milk to Masterpiece
Vince Razionale, Director of Product Development at Grafton Village Cheese, has been with the company for many years. He will explore the art of cheese making and  its different styles worldwide. Additionally he will unravel the science behind it all and why this product which is one of the oldest fermented foods in human history retains its huge popularity across cultures. Could it be because of its innate deliciousness?

November 3
The ABC’s of French Cooking
Bern Terry, who grew up in France and learned about French cooking from his Grandmother, will explore the history of that cuisine and its influence worldwide, in America, and in Vermont. This lecture will be a wide -ranging overview and appreciation of cooking the French way. Additionally, he will look at how it has changed in the past 40 years and what we can learn from both its traditional and more contemporary aspects.

November 10
Cooking by the Book
Andrea Chesman, a Vermont author of many cookbooks, magazine and newspaper articles, will assess the importance of the written word in the Internet age. She will share her insights about what makes a good recipe, a successful cookbook and the current trends in food writing and publishing. Currently at work on a book about why cooking with animal fats is better than vegetable oils, she will share what it takes to bring such a project from idea to finished book

November 17
Scandinavian /American Songfest
The Nordic Harmoni Chorus was formed in 2005 and is a member of the American Union of Swedish Singers which dates from 1892 and includes 25 choruses nationwide. Their program is a mixture of selections in both Swedish and English. Prior Osher visits of this popular singing ensemble  ave delighted the audience Additionally, this last program in the Fall Series will feature a refreshment party with lemonade and Scandinavian cookies.


Membership Information

Purchase of a $40 membership card entitles you to attend all twelve sessions during the Spring 2017 term.

Members also may attend (at no additional charge) Elder Education Enrichment programs in South Burlington;  Osher programs at any of seven other Vermont sites: Brattleboro, Central Vermont (Montpelier/Barre), Lamoille Valley (Stowe), Newport/Derby/Stanstead,Springfield, St. Albans, and St. Johnsbury; and (at a discounted price) the new Osher programs on the UVM campus.

Non-members may attend individual sessions for $5 at the door. Reservations are NOT required.

Memberships may be purchased at the door or by mail. Please arrive early so our program can start on time.

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure or click on this membership form. Mail your $40 check to (payable to “The University of Vermont”):

     UVM OLLI Registration Office

     460 South Prospect Street

     Burlington, VT 05401

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

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