St. Johnsbury Lecture Series


Spring 2016

Classes are held on Thursdays at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury*


March 17, 2016
Inaugural Luncheon at 12:30
Toxic Gene: A Case of Familial ALS

Dan Swainbank

Dan’s talk will be derived from his study of the SOD1 gene defect in the history of a Vermont family. The research resulted in his 2015 book entitled The Farr Disease: One family’s 150 –year battle against ALS.

March 24, 2016
Another Boon from Our Best Friends: Therapy Dogs

Alice Kitchel, PhD

A brief history of the practice, attributes of a therapy dog and its training. Enjoy a visit by Alice’s two therapy dogs, Belle and Sebastian.
*NOTE: This program will be downstairs in Catamount’s Cabaret Room

March 31, 2016
My Experience as an MSF Volunteer in South Sudan

Chris Danielson, MD

In the spring of 2014, Dr. Danielson spent a month as a surgeon working for the MSF (Doctors without Borders) in war torn South Sudan.

April 7, 2016
Restorative Justice: Concept and Application in Caledonia County

Susan Cherry, Executive Director, The Community Restorative Justice Ctr.

Restorative justice incorporates principles of engaging citizens to take responsibility for creating an environment that is conducive to safe and happy living. The CRJC also works with schools to help them develop a climate of compassion and belonging. Come and hear some real stories of success that will give you hope for our communities.

April 14, 2016
Fairbanks Museum: Its Past, Present and Future

Dr. Henry Choong, Curator, The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium

The Fairbanks Museum has been a landmark in St. Johnsbury since Franklin Fairbanks opened its doors in 1891. Join the Museum’s Curator as he weaves together the Museum’s diverse collections and discuss how museum collections are important to science and society.

April 21, 2016
Birding in Japan and Cambodia

Paul Bengtson, CEO, Northeastern VT Regional Hospital

This presentation will provide a description of important bird areas in Japan and Cambodia, and the efforts to support vulnerable species. Photographs and incites by this passionate birder will enrich the talk.

April 28, 2016
A Home at Last!

Peggy Pearl, Director, St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center

This program will highlight the journey to find a permanent home for St. Johnsbury’s historical treasures and archives, which took a village and its alumni to complete. Peggy will also tour the Center, share its accomplishments and lead a conversation about its future.

*NOTE: Peggy’s presentation will take place on site at the St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center located at 421 Summer Street.

May 5, 2016
Writing in and of the Kingdom

Leland Kinsey

Mr. Kinsey will read from his work. To support his NEK writing, he has worked as a Morgan horse trainer, farmhand, logger, carpenter and an Elderhostel instructor of astronomy, birding, canoeing and autobio-graphical writing. In addition to his six books of poetry, he has pub-lished several articles in magazines such as Vermont Life and Yankee.

Membership Information

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Membership dues entitle subscribers to attend all sessions and bring a guest to one of them.
Non-members may attend any single session for $6. Membership Dues are $30.00, mailed with the form below or paid at the first session.

To complete the membership form click here.

Mail membership form and fees to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
322 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Make checks payable to The University of Vermont.

Catamount Arts: (802) 748-2600 – after 1:00 P.M.

Membership in your local OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) entitles you to attend programs at any of the other 7 OLLI sites throughout Vermont, as well as EEE-Burlington (Elder Education Enrichment). Your active OLLI membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the OLLI programs on the UVM campus. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.

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

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