Springfield Lecture Series

Spring 2017 (January-May)

Springfield OLLI

Jeff Danziger, left, an editorial cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, New York Times and other newspapers, gave an entertaining and thoughtful program – ‘A View of the World From a Cartoonist’s Perspective.’ After the programs, Springfield OLLI members always enjoy engaging the speakers in additional conversation. Members right to left: Lyle Wood, Jeff Taft-Dick, Richard Katz and John Hughes.

Programs are held at 2 pm Tuesday afternoons at the Nolin Murray Center, next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 40 Pleasant Street, Springfield, Vermont 05156.

For weather related schedule changes, check the website. Under Statewide, choose courses and programs, then scroll to Springfield. Also check SAPA TV, 802-885-6248, Comcast Channels 8 & 10, and VTel Cable Channels 1160 & 1161.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THE SECRET LIFE OF NH BERYL
CO-SPONSORED BY THE ASCUTNEY MOUNTAIN AUDUBON SOCIETY
January 31
Jim Pecora, Mines & Mining Historian, Author, “Edutainer”

Hear the story about the most precious and dangerous metal on earth. A large concentration of NH’s state mineral existed in Acworth, NH. Beryllium, element No. 4, is involved in 90%+ of the Top 20 technological advances of the 20th Century! Receive entertaining information from mining historian, Jim Pecora, with a fresh perspective
on the secret life of beryl, obscured from history because of the U.S. Government’s intentional deception of its production.

 

DISCOVERING NEW ENGLAND STONE WALLS
February 14
Kevin Gardner, Author, Stone Mason

Learn of the history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics of New England stone walls. Discover how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Examine the differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders. Pick up some restoration tips and techniques and information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation, and analysis. Ask questions about specific problems on your own stone wall projects.
SLOW PSYCHIATRY: RETHINKING THE ROLE OF PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS
February 28
Sandra Steingard, M.D. Chief Medical Officer, Howard Center, Burlington, VT

Examine alternative ways of treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder rather than using drugs to target these specific conditions. Hear about need-adapted approaches, a treatment option that allows time for the complex discussions required to understand and help people experiencing the problems that are labeled as psychiatric illness.

 

THE VERMONT WAY: A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR LEADS AMERICA’S MOST LIBERAL STATE
March 21
Jim Douglas, Former Governor of Vermont

Vermont is a deep-blue state, yet the voters have frequently elected Republican governors. Jim Douglas served four terms and found ways to work across the aisle. Our nation is confronting a decline in civil discourse due to a rise in political polarization. Is there any hope? Hear our speaker’s perspective from decades in public service.
A HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL: PART 2
March 28
Bill Cotte, Professor Performing & Fine Arts, Lyndon State College

Professor Cotte will pick up where he left us last session after introducing us to the new sounds of the black artists in the 1950s, then the following craze of Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Listen to “Hardwired & Self-Destruct” – the title of the new album release by Metallica, which is quite indicative of the direction that modern “rock” has taken.

 

FOODSCAPING
CO-SPONSORED BY THE SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB
April 11
Charlie Nardozzi, Garden Consultant

Want to grow vegetables, fruits and/or herbs in your yard, but often don’t want to sacrifice your landscape’s beauty doing it? Foodscaping, or edible landscaping, provides a way to have both. Explore the many ways and places you can integrate edibles into your yard and learn about the beauty of edibles. Hear about some of the speaker’s favorite edibles and how to grow them successfully in your yard.

 

VERMONT GYPSIES AND PIRATES: WHO THEY REALLY WERE
April 25
Judy Dow, Educator, Basket maker

Realize how the Vermont Eugenics Survey impacted the lives of thousands of French Canadian/Native People living in Vermont over many generations. Labeling traveling basket makers as “gypsies” and people living in house boats as “pirates” caused old traditions, language and history to move underground or even totally disappear.

Learn about the University of Vermont science program from 1925 to 1936 used to identify thousands whom they thought were defective, delinquent and dependent Vermonters. Many years later this program was deemed a pseudo-science leaving Vermont’s Native People’s families broken apart, with their continuity and history left in shambles.

 

SPIES, LIES AND ALIBIS: SPYING DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
May 2
Damien Cregeau, Independent Historian

Viewing a fascinating PowerPoint presentation will bring to light the various spy rings and independent spies in and around New York City who worked for General George Washington and the patriot cause, including the famous Culper spy ring led by Major Benjamin Tallmadge.

Explore the lesser known figures and rings, such as the Dayton spy ring run by Col. Elias Dayton between Elizabeth, NJ and Staten Island. Consider the esoteric but heroic agents like Lt. Lewis Costigan and Sgt. Daniel Bissell, who both went behind enemy lines in NYC while still in the Continental Army. Examine the spy tradecraft of the era, including the use of aliases or cover names, dead drops, invisible inks, as well as codes and ciphers.

 

VERMONT AIRPLANE CRASHES
May 9
Brian Lindner, Historian, Researcher, Author

In this heavily illustrated program we’ll explore the history of the more unusual side of aviation in Vermont. Learn about famous as well as forgotten crashes, including some Springfield area crashes such as the 1947 bomber crash on Hawks Mountain which remains as Vermont’s worst air disaster. Contrary to what one might think, we’ll also hear of the humor that can be found in some of these stories, some from the investigators themselves.

 

Membership Information

SEMESTER MEMBERSHIPS:

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

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure and send with your payment to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401
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.

THANKS TO OUR LOCAL BENEFACTOR: BARBARA SANDERSON


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