Rutland Lecture Series

Winter 2016

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 Winter 2016 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 446-2041or 492-2300.

Celebration 400

Friday, February 26, 2016

Rutland Area Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is pleased to invite the community to a special free program to celebrate the completion of 400 programs since our founding in 2003.  Rob Mermin, founder of Circus Smirkus, will present  “Circle of Sawdust: Life in the Circus”, in which he will relate personal anecdotes and show clips from 40 years in the circus world as a mime. Please join us! 

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

Here’s to your Health


January 8
Even Boomers Grow Older-or-It Only Gets Worse
Scott Funk, a financial professional and author will share his insights on aging, which we all do, and all dread. But considering the alternative, we might as well embrace the inevitable with laughter. After all, the best looking wrinkles come from smiling.

January 15
Fitness…Why Bother?
Amy Lewis, owner of Fusion Fitness, will help us discover the benefits of exercise, healthy nutrition and a winning mindset. Together we will explore how to get the most out of life no matter your level of fitness and health. Get ready for a fun, informative and moving experience. Dress comfortably so you can participate in the movement portion of the presentation.

January 22
Memory Matters
Our memories are wonderful, especially when they bring a smile to our face. The loss of our memory can be a scary thing and bring fear to our hearts. Dr. Cynthia Murphy and Dr. Diana Michalczuk from the Memory Center in Bennington, Vermont, will share the latest in testing and treatment in regard to memory loss. Being informed is the first step.

January 29
Total Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery
According to medical statistics, hip and knee replacements are two of the country’s most frequently performed operations. Dr. Eric Marsh, who is affiliated with the Vermont Orthopedic Clinic, will discuss the need for these surgeries and new techniques that enhance recovery, allowing us to restore mobility and live relatively pain free.



February 5
Endangered Alphabets and the Future of the Written Word
Alphabets are dying, and when a writing system dies, everything written in it becomes incomprehensible to the very culture that created it, and whose wisdom it documents. Tim Brookes is addressing this issue in a unique way—by carving pieces of text in endangered alphabets in wood as preservation artifacts; he will explain his quest. Multi-talented, Tim has also written 17 books, coaches soccer, and plays guitar.

February 12
CIA, Democracy, and Conflict Resolution
David Roseman was a senior CIA official, as an attorney and then in its Directorate of Operation, retiring with its highest award for “unique responsibilities and work essential to success of operations aroundthe world”. His presentation will include CIA special authorities and policies, activities involving US citizens, operating a “secret” agency in a democracy, and resolving conflicts domestically and on five continents.

February 19
The Presidential Election of 2016: A Preview
Eric L. Davis is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Middlebury College. Discussing first the historical, political, and economic context for the 2016 election, Prof. Davis will examine the major candidates and their prospects for winning their party’s nomination and the general election. Lastly, he will consider some of the policy implications of several possible election results..

Faraway Places


March 4
Walks With Penguins: An Antarctica Adventure
Elaine Parker is an artist, writer, musician, carpentry teacher and tour guide. Several years ago she spent time on the “harsh continent” which resulted in a book memoir.

Her presentation will be a slide show about life on the highest, driest, coldest, windiest, harshest place on earth. She will share with the audience her impressions of this memorable adventure.

March 11
Indian Ocean: From the Seychelles To Zanzibar
Rheba and John Haley, enthusiastic world travelers, will host a film-and-lecture presentation about one of their most memorable trips. After landing on Mahe Island in the Seychelles, they take a boat to the French-owned Island of Mayotte and then head up the Tanzanian coast to Zanzibar. Beautiful terrain, breathtaking sights, unusual native tribes–it’s all there in a 40–minute film with a commentary by the travelers.

March 18
Walking In England: Ferns, Dales and Moors
Cheryl and Gerry Martin and Sandy Bragg are all avid hikers and wanderers. The Martins will share with us their 193-mile trek from coast to coast across England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. Mr. Bragg will take us on his hiking journey in the scenic Lake District, home to Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

April 1
A Son-And-Father Journey Into Greater Tibet
Brad Houk holds a master’s degree and currently teaches at the Community College of Vermont. In a remote landscape starting to experience rapid change where Mongols dress as Tibetans, decorate their motorcycles as they do their horses, and talk on cell phones, a father and son journey to the Amdo region of Greater Tibet. This trip resulted in a highly praised master’s thesis written by Mr. Houk.

Membership Information

Purchase of a $40 membership card entitles you to attend all twelve sessions during the fall 2015 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.

Complete membership form below and mail with your $40 check (made out to UVM) to:

     UVM OLLI Registration Office

     322 South Prospect Street

     Burlington, VT 05401

To download your membership form click here.

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





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