Springfield Lecture Series

Fall 2016 (August – December)

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Springfield OLLI member, Hallie Whitcomb, left, joins presenter, Linda Radtke, in singing a folk song about Springfield’s history that her mother, Marion Whitcomb Stearns – also an OLLI member, created. Radtke, dressed in period attire, along with accompanist, Arthur Zorn, presented a delightful musical program, “Vermont History Through Song.”

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 05156

 

FAIRY TALES: A GUIDE TO LIFE August 30
Michael Atkinson, Prof. Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Univ. of Cincinnati

Consider that the tales we may have been told in childhood contain more wisdom than we could have realized back then. Using the analytical tools of archetypal psychology, we will explore the ways in which these tales offer us pathways through the difficulties of living, help us to find love that endures, and finally lead us to a deeper understanding of who we are. From tales as familiar as Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel to the stranger landscape of The Raven, these tales illuminate both our waking lives and our dreams.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE ART OF SUSPENSE
September 13
Rick Winston, Film Expert and Past Owner of the Savoy Theater, Montpelier

View film clips from Rebecca (1940), through to such classics as Notorious and Rear Window, and discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft which will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career.

SPRINGFIELD GEARS UP: A CIVIL WAR SONGBOOK
September 27
Linda Radtke, Mezzo-soprano & Arthur Zorn, Keyboard

Dressed in period costume, Linda Radtke will share songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War. From sentimental songs about the girl back home, “The Maid of Lamoille” to satirical ballads “Grafted into the Army” and “Yankee Robinson at Bull Run,” Radtke will trace the evolution of tone in Vermont popular song, from patriotic to elegiac as the war continued. Decoration Day songs, also changed in mood as the anger toward the Confederacy abated – “The Blue and the Gray.” Hear popular songs that reflect the social concerns of Vermonters during the period: temperance and child welfare – “The Rag Picker’s Child.” The Vermont Civil War Songbook features the sheet music collection at the Vermont History Center including the folksong collection of Helen Hartness Flanders, of Springfield. Seeking to make a local connection, she will read letters from citizens from the Springfield area and dedicate the songs to those local men who served.

THE BEAVER: NATURE’S SUPERB ENGINEER CO-SPONSORED BY ASCUTNEY MOUNTAIN AUDUBON SOCIETY
October 11
Kurt Valenta, Naturalist, Educator, Founder of Exordium, a Nature & Outdoor Education Organization

Investigate the historical significance the beaver had in the exploration and mapping of North America. Their unique adaptations allow them to survive year-round in a habitat of their own making. The ecosystem that is created supports a diversity of wildlife while also playing a major role in flood control and environmental rejuvenation.

HAMILTON: INVENTING MODERN AMERICA
October 25
Willard Sterne Randall, Author, Historian, Biographer of America’s Founding Fathers

Discover that from birth in the Caribbean to death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton left a huge legacy: soldier, spymaster, co-author of the Federalist Papers, newspaper publisher, banker, inventor of the modern corporation and our financial system. Hamilton’s life is part romance, part tragedy—and the inspiration for a phenomenal Broadway musical that is re-inventing American history.

VERMONT FROM ONE THOUSAND FEET
November 1
Len Emery, Professional Photographer and Pilot

Be intrigued by a view of familiar places around Springfield from a different perspective – from 1000 feet (1K) above ground from an airplane’s view! Emery began his VT1K (photographing “Vermont From One Thousand Feet” above ground) project 12 years ago to record Vermont from the air originally to get in 250 hours of flight time to obtain his commercial pilot’s license, but the photography aspect soon took the place of the commercial pilot’s license goal. He continues to take photos all over Vermont. The focus of his presentation will be sites within a 20 mile radius of Springfield, covering its surrounding areas: north to Windsor, south to Westminster and Bellows Falls, along the Connecticut River and west to Ludlow. He has been contracted by realtors, private citizens and the State of Vermont to photograph sites throughout Vermont. He documented Vermont towns devastated by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, including the resting place of the Bartonsville Bridge in Rockingham.

A VIEW OF THE WORLD FROM A CARTOONIST’S PERSPECTIVE
November 15
Jeff Danziger, Editorial Cartoonist

Jeff Danziger has been editorial cartoonist for Vermont newspapers (The Rutland Herald, and the Times Argus) for nearly 40 years. In addition to drawing about Vermont life and politics, he has drawn cartoons on American and international politics. Hear about his experiences working in journalism. We’ll hear him talk on politics, newspapers, serious stuff, funny stuff and answer questions about these areas. We’ll also view a bunch of his cartoons and a short video.

NEPAL: MEDICINE, MISERY AND MAGIC – PROGRAM IS STILL ON
November 29
Kathleen B. Fellows, English-trained nurse, Canadian-educated midwife and clinical instructor for midwives, pilot and FAA certified aviation mechanic.

Living out a life’s goal, Kathleen was traveling from Everest, Tibet en route back to the USA and found herself in Kathmandu, Nepal during the 7.8 earthquakes of April 26 and 27, 2015 and the aftershocks over the following 4 days. Come hear of her experiences then and when she returned to Nepal where she currently operates an NGO, Dharma Nepal Volunteers, managing volunteers in the Pokhara region of Nepal. Learn of the medical care system, or lack thereof, in Nepal that she has observed in both government and private hospitals, in a pharmacy, which is the primary healthcare point, and a medical outpost with mobile clinics in areas that are remarkably difficult to reach. Realize that the misery in Nepal is the poverty, the lack of government, the political conflicts and the difficulty of access to and from the remote villages. Through her photographs, experience the magic of Nepal in its incredibly beautiful country with delightful people who genuinely, whether Hindi or Buddhist, take the teachings of Buddha seriously and try to practice them on a daily basis.

THE PUZZLING, PROMISING, PECULIAR…..PLUTO
December 6
Mark Breen, Planetarium Director and Senior Meteorologist, Fairbanks Museum 

Surprise! Although once thought of as a frozen, silent, slumbering piece of ice, Pluto stunned the scientific world with a tremendous variety of landscapes, materials, and perhaps one of the most active, changeable worlds in our Solar System. Data and images from the New Horizons’ spacecraft have been arriving over the past 18 months, revealing mountain ranges of water ice, frozen lakes and flowing glaciers made of nitrogen, and signs of great changes in its atmosphere and climate over billions of years. Hear what astronomers are still learning about this famous dwarf planet. But, is this just the beginning? New Horizons has already made plans to visit an even more distant world, sure to reveal even more about the mysteries of our distant Solar System neighbors.

 

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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