St. Albans Lecture Series

Fall 2017

Lectures will held be on Wednesdays at 11 am and will be located at the St. Albans Museum, on the third floor, corner of Church and Bishop Streets in St. Albans. Please note that the February 15, 2017 lecture will be held on location at the 14th Star Brewing Company located at 133 North Main Street, St. Albans. The lecture site is handicap accessible with parking available behind the museum.

AUGUST 30, 2017
Presenters: John Newton, St. Albans OLLI site leader
Title: The OLLI 2017 trip to Italy

In late April of this year, John joined 21 other OLLI members who signed up for a group tour of the Tuscany region of Italy.  With John’s photos and photo contributions from several fellow travelers, he will present a slide show of his eleven day trip to the arts and culture capital of Italy.

SEPTEMBER 06, 2017
Presenter: Elisabeth Fontaine, M.D.
Title: Maintain Health and Age Well

Dr. Fontaine will discuss the challenges and opportunities of healthy aging.  She will discuss the ‘Blue Zones’ – those places with the world’s longest living and healthiest peoples – due to their diet, eating habits and lifestyle practices.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
Presenter: Rick Winston, Film Historian
Title: Classics of Hollywood’s Golden Age

Why do so many old films fail the test of time while a few are rediscovered by each generation of moviegoers?  Rick will  discuss some of the elements of those classics from Hollywood’s “Golden Age” –  writing, acting, directing and cinematography – and illustrate with clips from 12 of his favorite films from 1935 to 1963.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
Presenter: Parma Jewett, Japanning & Gilding Artist
Title:  Decorative Arts

The materials and techniques of decorative arts commonly on display in homes during the 18th and 19th centuries will be described in this presentation.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
Presenters: Professor William Tortolano, Professor Emeritus St. Michaels College and William D. Simmons, Pastor
Title: First Baptist Church in St. Albans, its History and Organ.

Pastor Simmons will review the history of the First Baptist Church of St. Albans from its founding to today, including the procurement of their organ.  Professor Tortolano will play the organ and demonstrate its range and sounds.

NOTE: This lecture will be held at the First Baptist Church at 29 Congress Street.  Parking is available behind the Church.

OCTOBER 04, 2017
Presenter:  Burt B. Hamrell, M.D., Ph.D., Emeritus, UVM College of Medicine
Title: The Hubbardton Raid of 1830

In the late winter of 1830 hundreds of Hubbardton citizens, irate over a grave disturbed overnight, marched to the then medical school at Castleton.  Confrontation with the Dean, headless body hidden in a wall … an exciting piece of Vermont history and a commentary on 19th Century U.S. medical education. 

OCTOBER 11, 2017
Presenter:  Dan Senning, great-great grandson of Emily Post
Title: Etiquette in the 21st Century

Etiquette is, and always has been, about building relationships.  Dan Post Senning talks about what this looks like in today’s fast changing world.

OCTOBER 18, 2017
Presenter:  Bobby Farlice-Rubio, Science Educator
Title: The Lives of the Stars

Although most people know that the Sun is a nearby star, most people don’t know that their bones are made from Calcium that was forged in stars that exploded long before the Sun, or Earth, came into existence.  This lesson will cover the stages of development that stars undergo, from birth and infancy to death, and even rising from the dead!  Everything from Nebulas and Supernovas to Neutron Stars and Black Holes will be covered in this light-hearted survey of the Universe’s most massive objects.

OCTOBER 25, 2017
Presenter:  Bizhan Yahyazadeh, Director of Facilities and Conference Services, Norwich University
Title:  The Journey of a Midshipman

There is an old saying among sailors; ‘if you dont know where you are going, you will never get there.’   The title of my talk suggests that even if one knows the destination, the journey may turn out different than anticipated.”  In 1976 an agreement was signed to enroll Iranian Imperial Naval students (young men and women) at Norwich.  In 1979 the Iranian revolution and hostage taking prompted the State Department to revoke most visas and over 80 NU students were given 48 hours to pack, say their goodbyes and return to a totally transformed Iran.  Bizhan, having resigned from the Imperial Navy, was able to stay and graduate and will give a first person account of that traumatic time and the emotional 25th reunion when 22 members of the class of 1980 returned to the ‘Hill’ and received honorary NU diplomas.

NOVEMBER 01, 2017
Presenter: Philip C. Downey, Ph.D., CFP
Title: Aquatic Environmental Studies in New England; Fisheries, Hatchery Siting, and Contaminant Monitoring

Environmental consulting has been conducted on a wide variety of issues including contaminant studies in Burlington and the Grand Isle Fish Hatchery.  This presentation will discuss approaches and tools used to investigate several projects in New England.

NOVEMBER 08, 2017
William Morris, Cartographer
Title: The Meaning of a Map

The state of cartographic technology in 2017 is radically different than it was even two decades ago. We’ll discuss how satellites, the internet, and mobile devices have rewired our present understanding of geography.

NOVEMBER 15, 2017
 Art Woolf,  UVM Associate Professor of Economics
Title:  How Will the Changing Mix of Children, Workers and Seniors Affect Taxes, Spending and the Vermont Economy?

Vermont’s changing demographics will have major impacts on the state’s economy over the next fifteen years. The talk will explore why and how Vermont’s demographics are changing and how they will affect the state.


Membership Information

Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all sessions of the current semester. Lectures are also open to non-members for a fee of $5 per lecture. Semester membership fees are $40 per individual, or $70 per couple.

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure or this form and send with your dues to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office

460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Make checks payable to The University of Vermont.

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Membership in St. Albans OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) entitles members to attend programs in all the OLLI organizations established in seven locations throughout Vermont. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.

Spring 2017 Volunteer Committee

John Newton, Betty Casavant, Lynda Emch, Bryant Reynolds, Gerard Sparacino, Rita Sparacino.

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

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