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 lectures in this fall 2013 term will be from 1:30 to 3:00PM Friday afternoons 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.
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
Democracy and the Middle East
Haviland Smith is a retired CIA Station Chief whose work in many international posts focused on the recruitment, handling, and management of Soviet and East European agents. He also served as chief of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Staff. His presentation will examine US policy in the Middle East against the background of realities in that region with a view to determining the likely evolution of governmental forms there.
America’s Foreign Challenges in Obama’s Second Term
George Jaeger, a retired American diplomat whose service spanned the Cold War and beyond, will assess the global challenges facing the President. He will explore the implications of ongoing crises in Europe, explosive changes in the greater Middle East, most importantly, the fateful rise of China and consider the adjustments in US policy this new world requires. Getting our own house in order and achieving some unity of purpose is important to our nation’s longer-term well-being.
Who Decides About War?
Benson Scotch, is a retired lawyer whose many-faceted career included 15 years as chief staff attorney of the Vermont Supreme Court and executive director of Vermont’s ACLU. He will talk about the provisions of the Constitution relating to war powers, examine the legal and political precursors to war, and the role of Congress in decision-making, focusing on the 1973 War Powers Act and the lessons learned from the successes and failures of these decisions.
US-Mexican Relations: From War to Interdependence
Mark Williams is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Latin Studies program at Middlebury College, and author of numerous articles and books. This lecture explores the complex US-Mexico relationship from historic and contemporary angles, focusing on its political, economic, and social dimensions and such current issues as drug trafficking,
HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH
Naturopathic Medicine and Preventative Health
Greg Burkland, N.D. is a naturopathic physician at Sanctuary Integrative Medicine in Rutland that provides patients with comprehensive whole-person health care. His lecture will look at the field of naturopathy, an alternative medical field that emphasizes the body’s intrinsic ability to heal and maintain itself. He will look at natural remedies such as herbs and foods in preference to surgery and synthetic drugs as treatment modalities.
Magdalena Naylor, MD, PhD. is a Professor of Psychiatry at UVM and Director of the MindBody Medicine Clinic. She teaches clinical psychiatry and behavioral medicine to both students and professionals specializing in mood, anxiety disorders, and PTSD. Her talk will focus on novel modes of treatment for chronic pain, a subject she studies at the University’s Functional Brain Imaging Program.
Acupuncture: Its History and Its Use
Glen Harder has a diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which encompasses acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage-acupressure, and Qigong instruction. He will speak about the development of acupuncture, the natural laws which govern its application, and its modern use. Mr. Harder works at the RRMC Oncology Department and has his own business called Dragonfly Bodyworks.
How Doctors Think-How To Become a Smart Medical Consumer
Stuart Williams, MD, has been in practice in central Vermont for 34 years. He is a clinical associate professor of family medicine at UVM where he works with medical students as well as family medicine residents. He was on the Central Vermont Medical Center board of trustees and various state health entities. His lecture will look at how doctors think and how patients can become smart medical consumers in their day-to-day interactions with the medical community
Surveillance Culture: Who’s Watching You?
Traci Griffith is an Associate Professor, and Chair of the Department of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts at St. Michael’s College. Personal information in the developed world is computerized in several databases and people are rightly concerned about its inappropriate use. This presentation details the methods being used by those seeking to gather your private information and what you can do to protect yourself.
George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century
Mark A. Stoller is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Vermont and Editor of the George C. Marshall Papers. Marshall served as Army Chief of Staff, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense and was the architect of both the Allied World War II victory and the Marshall Plan. Prof. Stoler will explain why, by assessing Marshall’s extraordinary accomplishments and character, he is considered our greatest soldier-statesman since George Washington.
Have All Your Papers in Order? Think Again
Denise A. Clark , an attorney in the law firm of McClallen & Bloomer, P.C., has been providing legal counsel and education in elder law, estate planning, and probate for over 20 years. She will explain the Lady Bird Johnson deed, gifts to grandchildren, out-patient hospital stays, the advance directive directory, updating documents, and many issues about which you need to be aware.
The North American Beaver, Purveyor of Fine Fur
Kurt J.Valenta turned his life-long passion for nature education into a business venture, Exordium, Inc, an outdoor learning company. For his presentation, he will look at North America’s largest rodent, which once numbered in the tens of millions. He will examine the historical importance as well as the ecological value of thus oft maligned but most intriguing of Mother Nature’s industrious creatures.
Become a member today!
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.
Nonmembers may attend individual sessions for $5 at the door. Reservations are NOT required.
Memberships may be purchased at any session.
Regular price: $40
For information call Bob Perkins at 802-773-0184
For a complete listing of all programs, see our listing in a pdf format.