St. Johnsbury Lecture Series

Spring 2014

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


March 6, 2014
Inaugural Luncheon at 12:30
The Lost Generation
Florian Rexhepi, Dean of International Students, St. Johnsbury Academy Macedonia’s broken educational system impacts young Albanian students & their cultural prosperity, explaining the ongoing violence and regional ethnic conflicts

March 13, 2014
Maple Sugaring… Through the Years
George L. Cook, Extension Professor, Extension Maple Specialist, UVM
Vermont’s maple sugarmakers are driving the industry today and becoming the cutting edge of new technology and production techniques

March 20, 2014
The 170 Year History of the St. Johnsbury Fire Department
David L. Brown, Retired SJFD Call Firefighter of 43 years PowerPoint, with many pictures and personal reflections, will trace the development of fire protection in St. Johnsbury from 1843 to the present.

March 27, 2014
The Value of Independence — Challenges & Opportunities for VT’s Education System
Tom Lovett, Headmaster, St. Johnsbury Academy
Despite Vermont’s proud & successful history of independent school education, financial pressures and federal/state mandates are creating new challenges.

April 3, 2014
Even Boomers Grow Older – or It Only Gets Worse
J. Scott Funk, Financial Professional and Author
An Aging Advocate’s insights on aging, which we all do, and all dread. But considering the alternatives, we might as well embrace the inevitable with laughter.

April 10, 2014
Photography Through the Years: Film to Digital
Steve Legge, Owner, Image North Photography
The improvement of films and technology from the mid-70’s and the transition to the digital age

April 17, 2014
Could Lyme Disease be the Tip of the Microbial Iceberg? An Holistic View
Alan R. Giese, PhD, Assoc. Professor of Biology, Director, VT Science Initiative, Lyndon State College
Explanations of chronic Lyme revolve around the premise of cryptic infection, but new evidence and genetic tools can provide a clearer understanding

April 24, 2014
A Trek in Nepal
Gary Aubin, Recent month-long trekker in the Mt. Everest region, including Everest Base Camp

May 1, 2014
Emotional Intelligence, Community Service & Challenges to Personal Comfort Create Culturally Diverse Environments
James Ryan, Director of Resident Life, St. Johnsbury Academy
Trends, stories and interactive activities will lead to creating strategies in which diversity can be celebrated

May 8, 2014
Thomas Jefferson: The Man, The Mysteries
Bob Nixon, Danville
Explore Jefferson’s changing views on slavery, emancipation and the relevance to the women he loved—including Sally Hemings

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 $5. Membership Dues are $45.00, mailed with the form below or paid at the first session.

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Osher Institute, Treasurer
1060 Bible Hill Road
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

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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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