Rutland Lecture Series

Winter 2015

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 2015 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.

Here’s to Your Health


January 9
Cardiac Risk Factors
Dr. Stanley M. Shapiro, a cardiovascular disease specialist, and Laura Cohen, APRN, from the Rutland Heart Center, will discuss ways to protect your heart. They will look at what puts the heart at risk and what you can do to decrease that risk. They will review how and when to start making positive changes that will impact heart health.

January 16
Decoding Diabetes: How Sweet It (Is) Isn’t
Lauren Oberg, RN, BSN, CDE, has been at the Rutland Regional Medical Center for 22 years and received her certification in Diabetes Education in 2012.Her presentation will focus on diabetes as an epidemic and preventive measures that can be reduce its risk. She will also discuss some of the myths surrounding diabetes and the importance of self-education regarding this disease.

January 23
Balance Disorders and the Inner Ear
Dr. Lily Hughes, AuD, FAAA, and Pat Schroeder, FNP, will review balance disorders, which can be caused by certain health conditions, medications, or a problem in the inner ear or the brain. Because these disorders can profoundly impact daily activities and can cause emotional and psychological hardship, it is essential to have ear, nose and throat professionals evaluate and treat dizziness and imbalance problems.

January 30
Best Foot Forward
Mary T. Schuh is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and has been in practice since 2004. She will talk about the care of healthy feet and review the various foot problems that can affect the senior foot. Her lecture will look at circulatory issues, bunions, ingrown toenails, neuromas, plantar fasciitis and the best way to treat these problems. She will examine the special aspects of the diabetic foot and how individuals with this condition can optimize treatments.

Variety Series


February 6
Recognizing Vermont’s Built Treasures
Glenn Andres is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College.  He will tell us, through slides, why the National Trust for Historic Places has twice declared the entire state of Vermont a national treasure, not only for the quality and density of its historic architecture, but also for the conserved rural landscapes and vital small urban centers in which these notable buildings exist.

February 13
Victoria’s Secrets
The reign of Britain’s Queen Victoria (1855-1901) was known as the age of staid decorum and stern morality.  However, Middlebury College Prof. Antonia Losano will explain how this Victorian era also had its guilty pleasures: mysteries, ghost stories, science fiction, imperialist adventure tales, and radical fantasies of gender confusion.

February 20
A Journalist’s Experiences in the Islamic Republic of Iran
You have heard Steve Zind’s voice on VPR where he is Senior Reporter and Special Projects Producer.  He has traveled to Iran four times in the last decade.  He has interviewed conservatives and reformists and spent time in the homes of ordinary Iranians.  Through slides, Steve will discuss his experiences and reflect on the history of Iran’s relations with the West.

February 27
Adapting to Climate Change
The climate of Vermont, New England, and our planet are changing as we burn the fossil fuels to supply our energy needs.  Dr. Alan Betts of Atmospheric Research of Pittsford, Vermont’s leading climate scientist, will discuss the attitudes and strategies needed to address this great challenge that faces us, our children, and our grandchildren.

Novel Ideas


March 6
The English Victorian Novel: Realism and Social Reform
Sarah Alexander has been an Assistant Professor of English at UVM since 2010. Her talk will focus on the Victorian period (1837-1901), which was marked by the rise of the realist novel and the dominance of Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Thomas Hardy. She will explore the major novels within the context of the immense social, ideological and cultural changes that occurred over the course of the century.

March 13
In the American Grain
Brett Millier has been a Professor of American Literature at Middlebury College since 1997. She will discuss the continuities and connections between the great writers of 19th century America: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and modern and contemporary American writers, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Vladimir Nabokov, Jack Kerouac and Toni Morrison.

March 20 
The French Realist Novel of the 19th Century
Julien Webber has been teaching the French Language and literature at Middlebury College since 2011. The Swiss-born academic who has lived in the US for 12 years will discuss some of the major works and authors of the 19th century. Included will be Le Rouge et le Noir by Stendahl, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Le Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac and Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.

March 27
Ideas and Ideology in the Russian Novel
Kevin McKenna, Professor of the Russian Language, Literature and Culture, has taught at UVM since 1984. His lecture will identify and analyze the key Russian ideas underlying the novels of Feodor Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment), Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina),Boris Pasternak (Dr.Zhivago) and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (In the First Circle). His talk will look at the spirit of the times in which each novel appeared as well as each author’s message.


Membership Information

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.

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

Memberships may be purchased at any session.
Regular price: $40

Mail your membership fee ($40) to:
c/o Gerrie Russell
PO Box 458
Killington, VT 05751

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