Springfield Lecture Series

Spring 2014 (January – May)

Programs are held at 2 pm Tuesday afternoons at the Nolin Murray Center, Next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 38 Pleasant Street, Springfield, Vermont

Marilee Abbott, Springfield OLLI member discusses the details of a moose antler with speaker Mike Clough, Assistant Director of Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, after his program on Vermont wildlife.

Marilee Abbott, Springfield OLLI member discusses the details of a moose antler with speaker Mike Clough, Assistant Director of Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, after his program on Vermont wildlife.

MEDICAL OUTREACH IN BOLIVIA & NICARAGUA
January 28
Dolores Barbeau MD, Family Physician in Springfield & Londonderry
Share Dr. Barbeau’s experiences of practicing medicine for twenty-five years in strife-torn Bolivia and Nicaragua. Hear about the challenges she faced, both medical and political, and of the unexpected gifts she received as she shared life in cultures so different from her own.

 

 

THE ROARING TWENTIES: FEATURING CALVIN AND GRACE COOLIDGE, TWO OF VERMONT’S ORIGINALS!
February 11
Cyndy Bittinger, Author, Historian, CCV Instructor
The Roaring Twenties was a time of change, a plunge into the modern era featuring a youthful culture enjoying freedom in the form of wild social habits, automobiles, and jazz. The American economy had spectacular growth after the end of WW1, but intense cultural conflicts caused a backlash. Learn how Republicans were swept into the White House with the Coolidges having the most success of three administrations. Hear how such a popular couple became forgotten once the stock market crashed in 1929. Study their era as it sets the tone for “the American century.”

DISCOVERING VERMONT’S BUILT TREASURES
February 25
Glenn Andres, Prof. of the History of Art & Architecture,
Middlebury College
Discover why the National Trust for Historic Places has twice, and uniquely, declared the entire state of Vermont a national treasure, not only for the quality and density of its historic architecture, but also for the preciously conserved rural landscapes and vital small urban centers in which the notable buildings exist. Through the monuments and their contexts we will explore resources and qualities that make Vermont’s historic built environment so richly significant.

A TALE OF 56,000 OBSERVATIONS: THE VERMONT BREEDING BIRD ATLAS
Co-Sponsored by the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society
March 11
Rosalind Renfrew, Conservation Biologist, Vermont Center for Ecostudies Over 300 Vermonters armed with binoculars traversed fields and forests, marshes and mountains for Vermont’s Second Breeding Bird Atlas. Hear Rosalind share results from the state’s largest inventory of bird life, discussing the changes documented during the last 30 years. Peregrine Falcons are up; Whip-poor-wills are down. Learn about the winners and losers in the bird community, the reasons behind some of the changes, and the mysteries we have yet to solve.

WORLDS OF THEIR OWN – MARC CHAGALL & JOSEPH CORNELL
March 25
Bob Manning, Art Historian
Imagine lovers flying through the air, fiddlers dancing on rooftops and joyous fantasies being celebrated in Chagall’s delightful paintings that draw on a rich storehouse of Russian-Jewish folktales. Hermit-like American Joseph Cornell constructs his personal dream world in a simple wooden box, glass fronted, with found objects filled with associations of literature, childhood, ballet, birds and the celestial heavens.

CONSERVATION CHRONICLES
Co-Sponsored by the Springfield Garden Club
April 8
Tim Maguire, Chief of Interpretation/Visitor Services
Marsh/Rockefeller/Billings National Historic Park
Understand how conservation thought and practice has taken many forms in North America over the past four centuries: from Native Americans to early European settlers, to land trusts, national parks, and wilderness areas. Using words, images, and films of the past, we will explore the attitudes and actions that have shaped our relationship with the land we call the United States.

AMELIA EARHART FLIES INTO HISTORY
April 22
Nancy Nahra, Author
Amelia Earhart happened to be born a little bit before the world was ready for her, so she had to show people the things that needed to change. Delve into her girlhood and early life, looking at clues for understanding this remarkable woman prior to her sad and mysterious disappearance.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: GREAT COMPOSERS OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
May 6
PART 1: Bill Cotte, Professor – Fine & Performing Arts Faculty
Lyndon State College

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: GREAT COMPOSERS OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
May 13
PART 2: Bill Cotte, Professor – Fine & Performing Arts Faculty
Lyndon State College
The “nationalist movement” in music is best represented by the composers of Russia; their music is a true reflection of the “Russian soul.” Explore in ‘sight and sound’ the music of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Discover how each, in his own way and style, expresses to us all that which is the essence of the Russian nationalistic spirit. Come adventure with us as we experience these great masterworks!


Membership Information

SEMESTER MEMBERSHIPS:

$40 for all 9 programs and admittance to the other Vermont Osher Institute Programs; Single program fee: $8

Send Memberships to:
OLLI–Springfield
JOYCE LINDAMOOD, TREASURER
P.O. BOX 92
SPRINGFIELD, VT 05156
Make checks payable to: The University of Vermont

Become a member today!

Membership in the Springfield Osher Lifelong Learning Institute entitles members to attend programs in other Osher Institutes established in seven other locations throughout Vermont, as well as EEE-Burlington (Elder Education Enrichment). Your active OLLI membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the new OLLI on UVM campus programs. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.

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