St. Johnsbury Lecture Series


Spring 2015

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


March 5, 2015
Inaugural Luncheon at 12:30
Sculling in the Northeast Kingdom–the Black Fly Sculler’s Perspective

Thomas R. Paul, Esq.

Sculling in the NEK, the history of sculling, the Black Fly Regatta, bio-mechanics of sculling and “erging” (indoor rowing), training, cross-training and diet.

March 12, 2015
Palliative Care Medicine: Helping People with Serious Illness Feel Their Best

Mary Ready, MD

Helping patients find their own way to the fullest life possible, Palliative Care is a rapidly growing medical specialty which emphasizes caring for — as opposed to curing — a patient.

March 19, 2015
Trains in America and the Northeast

Robert Sheridan

A slide show of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, Lamoille Valley Railroad, St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad in N. Stratford, NH, and the 150th anniversary of the Delaware & Hudson Railway

March 26. 2015
When is History & Heritage Going to Move to 421 Summer St?

Peggy Pearl, Director, St Johnsbury History and Heritage

The trails and tribulations of saving the St. Johnsbury historic treasures will be revealed!

April 2, 2015
How the Guitar Conquered America

Tim Brookes

How did the guitar overcome a slew of prejudices and crazes for other instruments to become so popular that it now outsells all other instruments combined? Slides, jokes, stories and the gorgeous handmade guitar, subject of Tim’s book: Guitar : An American Life .

April 9, 2015
Hidden Treasures of Korean Art & Modern Korea

Kyung Pak, Director, Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP)

This presentation provides a basic introduction to Korea’s long and rich artistic history, the spirit of its people and its cultural values. Includes a DVD viewing display of art and serving of traditional Korean desserts.

April 16, 2015
The Search for New Worlds

Bobby Farlice-Rubio, Science Educator, Fairbanks Museum

Might life be commonplace in space, or are we truly the only living world? This talk will explore all of the latest discoveries in this field, with ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

April 23, 2015
Inside Look at St. Johnsbury Police Services

Clement Houde, St. Johnsbury Chief of Police

This presentation will cover the operations of the St. Johnsbury police and the services they provide. It will discuss the amount and the types of calls officers respond to on a daily basis.

April 30, 2015
49 Years with the Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol

Roger H. Damon, Jr.

Mr. Damon has been able to have four careers in his life, and is working on a fifth! He began working with the Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol in the mid ‘60s, becoming a fulltime member in 1971, and still continuing.

May 7, 2015
Capturing Starlight: How We Can Learn About the Universe with Students and Why We Should Care

Bill Vinton

An introduction to the Northern Skies Observatory in Peacham, a discussion of the educational mission, and an explanation of why exposing students to astronomy should be a vital part of everyone’s education.

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 $35.00, mailed with the form below or paid at the first session.

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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.

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