Springfield Lecture Series

FALL 2014 (AUGUST – DECEMBER)

 

Jared Gunnell

Jared Gunnell, left, SAPA TV Director presents Community Outreach Award for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute programming to Marita Johnson, Springfield OLLI Facilitator and SAPA TV Volunteer who films and edits many of the OLLI programs.

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

A HISTORY OF VERMONT FOLK MUSIC
August 26
Robert Resnik & Marty Morrissey, Vermont Folksingers

We begin our semester with a musical celebration – and a Vermont history lesson. Join veteran Vermont musicians Robert Resnik and Marty Morrissey as they perform a treasure trove of traditional and modern songs about Vermont rivers, lakes and streams on a wide variety of musical instruments. Robert and Marty have been playing music together for more than 25 years as a duo and as members of the Vermont Celtic band, The Highland Weavers, and have released two recordings of Vermont songs, including one celebrating the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Chaplain’s “discovery” of the lake that bears his name.

ONLY THE STONES REMAIN
September 2
Charles Marchant, Sec. VT Old Cemetery Association, Retired High School History Teacher

Take a visual field trip with photographs to look at stone walls, stone foundations, cellar holes and some interesting gravestones that are a leftover record of Vermont’s past settlement pattern. The basis for this research is the “Beers 1869 Atlas,” which shows the road system for each town in Vermont as well as the houses that were along each road; it was recently used to assist in the Ancient Road verification program. Weather permitting, join us afterwards for an optional field trip to a local cellar hole. Come prepared for a walk in the woods.

THE GROUP OF SEVEN
September 16
Dr. William Tortolano, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts/Music, St. Michael’s College
Canada’s regions create an artistic mosaic with their diversity: The Maritimes, Rockies, The Plains, Old Quebec, First Nations and more. Inspired by Thom Thomson, Canada’s unique artists (known as “The Group of Seven”) felt that Canadians would recognize themselves if they saw the beauty of their landscape. Envision their works through slides, video clips and commentary.

MAKING THE BUSINESS CASE FOR FAMILY FRIENDLY WORK POLICIES
September 30
Madeleine Kunin, Former Vermont Governor and Author
Hear Governor Kunin discuss her latest book, “The New Feminist Agenda,” touching on the continuing challenges for working moms and dads, especially with regard to finding and affording good child care, paid family and medical leaves, and workplace flexibility.

EVEN BOOMERS GROW OLDER – OR IT ONLY GETS WORSE!
October 14
J. Scott Funk, Financial Professional and Author
Enjoy an Aging Advocate’s insights on aging: which we all do, and sometimes dread. But considering the alternatives, we might as well embrace the inevitable with laughter. After all, the best looking wrinkles come from smiling.

VERMONT – BIZARRE AND BAFFLING
October 28
Joseph A. Citro, Author and Expert in Vermont Weirdness
Hear local tales from a local boy, who grew up in Chester, of the odd, the outré, the supernatural and the sublime. Experience Citro’s dark and occasionally disturbing landscape more traditionally portrayed with sunny skies above quaint pristine villages. His most recent book is WEIRD VERMONT, and his novel Shadow Child has recently been optioned as a motion picture.

1814: AMERICA FORGED BY FIRE
November 11
Willard Stearne Randall, Historian, Author, Founding Fathers’ Biographer
As the year 1814 began, the prospects for America’s survival as an independent nation could not have looked bleaker: its economy ruined, its infant navy bottled up by a British blockade, its feeble army disgraced by a series of failed invasions of Canada. In New England, there was serious talk of secession from the union. That summer, the British burned the nation’s undefended capital. But within a year, the young nation was finally at peace. Learn how this remarkable transformation come about as Randall recreates the dramatic chain of events that saved the Union and highlights Vermont’s surprising reaction to the War of 1812.

BICKNELL’S THRUSH: CONSERVING A BIRD OF TWO WORLDS
CO-SPONSORED BY THE ASCUTNEY MOUNTAIN AUDUBON SOCIETY

November 25
Chris Rimmer, Executive Director of Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE)
The Bicknell’s Thrush is one of North America’s most rare and vulnerable songbirds. As it nests only in mountaintop forests of northern New England and New York, and winters primarily on the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), identify the numerous threats to its long-term survival. Discover how Bicknell’s Thrush represents a vital conservation link across international boundaries.

COSMIC COLLISIONS!
December 2
Mark Breen, Planetarium Director and Senior Meteorologist, Fairbanks Museum
Have you ever seen a “falling” star, or meteor, and felt that wonderful rush of excitement and wonder? But what if it were more than just a small fragment of some long-forgotten comet? What if there were a comet, or perhaps an asteroid, on a collision course with Earth? Since the beginning of the solar system, cosmic collisions have played a key role in the shaping of the planets as we now know them, including our own. We will focus on how often they happen, what effects would result if one struck the Earth, and what we can do about it. Contemplate whether a cosmic collision killed off the dinosaurs, and take a look into recent cosmic collisions in our solar system.


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SEMESTER MEMBERSHIPS:

$45 for all 9 programs and admittance to the other Vermont Osher Institute Programs; Single program fee: $8

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OLLI–Springfield
JOYCE LINDAMOOD, TREASURER
P.O. BOX 92
SPRINGFIELD, VT 05156
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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.

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