UVM Continuing and Distance Education Current OLLI Course Listing - UVM Continuing and Distance Education

Current OLLI Course Listing

OLLI at UVM Members enjoy a minimum discount of 30% on all courses, which is reflected in the Member prices.

Should you have any questions, or need reasonable accommodations please contact Customer Relations at 1-800-639-3210 or uvmolli@uvm.edu. We would be happy to assist you. Most courses are held at a convenient location on the UVM Campus with parking nearby.

Spring Courses

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Beginning Yoga I Session 3

This class is full

Meeting Dates: Mondays, April 30-May 21
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for brand new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose (but fitted) clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Drawing for the Terrified

This class is full

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, May 1-22
Meeting Time: 9:30 am-noon
Instructor: Michael Strauss
Location: The Residence at Quarry Hill, 465 Quarry Hill Rd., South Burlington
Member: $45  Non-Member: $60

This workshop is for beginners or for those with some drawing experience who think they might benefit from more instruction. Lessons are based on the premise that drawing can be an acquired skill, not just a talent, and that most can learn how to draw if they spend the time and energy needed. Since drawing is foundational for representational painting, artists who paint in watercolor and oil could benefit from this class.  This course is taught as a collaborative learning experience, including individual assistance from the instructor and class critiques. Come prepared to draw, learn how to use graphite, charcoal and ink, how to create the illusion of light and depth in a drawing, and the basics of composition. Share your work with other beginning students, and have a good time. Bring a notebook and something to write with. Transportation each week to The Residence at Quarry Hill is on your own.

 

Beginning Yoga II Session 3

This class is full

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, May 2-23
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Beginning Yoga II serves as a continuation of the Beginning Yoga I class. It is specifically designed for students over age 50 who have practiced yoga and are familiar with the basic postures. Taught in a supportive and light-hearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practice (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Every class includes elements of strength, balance and flexibility for the body and mind. Participants should wear loose (but fitted) clothes and provide their own yoga mat. Completion of Beginning Yoga I course required.

Summer Courses

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Exploring Climate Change in Vermont, One Sector at a Time

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, May 22 **PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

This presentation will explore the ways in which changing climate patterns affect the viability of socioeconomic sectors in Vermont and the Northeast.

 

Musee des Beaux Arts Tour:  African & Oceanic Art Through the Eyes of Picasso

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, May 23
Meeting Time: 8 am – 5 pm
Instructor: OLLI Staff OLLI Staff
Location: Meet at Gutterson Garage, 95 Spear St., South Burlington
Member: $80  Non-Member: $120

This exhibition explores Picasso’s fascination with tribal art and the influences he repeatedly drew upon through art, photographs, and writings. Enjoy lunch in or outside the Museum on your own. For a list of restaurants near the museum click here. Private group tour and Premier Coach transportation provided.

 

Shelburne Museum Curator Talk: Marie Zimmerman and the Special Exhibition “In the Garden

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Meeting Date: Saturday, June 2
Meeting Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Kory Rogers
Location: Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education auditorium and Murphy gallery
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Join museum curator, Kory Rogers, for a talk on Marie Zimmerman, the renowned 20th-century jewelry and metal designer whose work is featured in Shelburne Museum’s special exhibition “In the Garden“.  Followed by a Q&A session and exhibit tour, explore the lush display of historical pieces from the museum’s collection and contemporary art that look at the many ways flowers and insects have captivated the imaginations of artists.

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 1

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Meeting Date: Wednesdays, June 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall Gymnasium 005
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

This introductory yoga course is specifically designed for beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose, but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Everything You Wanted to Know about Medical Marijuana but Were Afraid to Ask!

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Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 12
Meeting Time: 12 noon – 1:30 pm
Instructor: Ada Puches
Location: Ceres Natural Remedies, 190 College St., Burlington
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

The Community Outreach Coordinator from Champlain Valley Dispensary—one of the state of Vermont’s legal medical marijuana dispensaries—will present information on multiple aspects of this issue. Learn about the state’s requirements for participation, the types of products patients can purchase, the success of the program, and the history and science of cannabinoid medical use in the US and throughout the world. The first hour of the class will be lecture and discussion followed by a tour of CBD (Cannabidiol) products at Ceres Natural Remedies.

 

Exploring Shelburne Farms

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Meeting Date: Thursday, June 14
Meeting Time: 2:30-5 pm
Instructor: Judy Brook
Location: Shelburne Farms, 611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne
Member: $25  Non-Member: $40

Join us on an open-air, truck-pulled wagon as we head into the 1400-acre National Historic Landmark to learn about its past history and its current life as a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate for sustainability by teaching and demonstrating wise use of our natural, agricultural, and historical resources.   We will tour the Inn, as well as the farm and dairy barns.

Participants should be able to climb three steps into the wagon and walk up to 300 feet as we explore the formal gardens overlooking Lake Champlain and hear about their historic restoration.

 

Paint & Sip: All that Glitters

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Meeting Date: Friday, June 15
Meeting Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Teresa Davis
Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Road, South Burlington
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Add a little sparkle to your summer evening and paint with the color gold, inspired by the artist Gustav Klimt. Step by step, each artist will be guided through the process of creating a unique acrylic painting on a stretched canvas. Experienced and novice painters are welcome to participate. Fee includes one glass of wine or beer and all materials. Snacks and additional drinks will be available for purchase.

 

Burlington Tree Tour

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Meeting Date: Saturday, June 16
Meeting Time: 10 am – noon
Instructor: Brian Sullivan
Location: Meet at Hilton Burlington’s Mounted Cat Patio, 60 Battery Street, Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Join us for a two-hour walking tour to familiarize yourself with Burlington’s urban forest. Explore unique and common trees both large and small!  Discuss how trees function and the challenges trees face.  This is a moderately-paced walking tour with some flat surfaces and some uphill and downhill walking.  We will stay mostly on paved sidewalks and we’ll stop at many of the trees for lectures, questions and discussion.  Tour participants will be on foot for most of the two hours, though we will be in the urban setting.  A quick break on some benches might be possible.  Tour participants should wear good walking shoes, bring water, and please consider the weather conditions.  Rain date 6/23

French For Travelers

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Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, June 20-July 18 (no class July 4)
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Alysse Anton
Location: Hills 122
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Learn to navigate French-speaking cities, order delicious food, and find cultural hotspots without feeling lost (literally and in translation…) when you travel to Montréal, Québec City, or one of the 35 other lands where French is spoken. Fantastique!

In this interactive class, Alysse will lead you in engaging and focused activities all designed for practical communication with Francophones.

  • Week 1: Greetings & General Polite Expressions
  • Week 2: Number Practice (oral): Understanding prices, asking/telling time, phone number, and date of birth
  • Week 3: Directions: Learn the name of places in a city, Ask for/Follow directions
  • Week 4: At the restaurant: Menu vs. Carte, order of dishes in a typical French meal, how to order food in a restaurant

 

Aging in Place

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Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 20
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Kelly Stoddard-Poor
Location: AARP State Office, 199 Main St., Suite 225, Burlington
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

AARP believes that communities should provide safe, walkable streets, age-friendly housing and transportation options, access to needed services, and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life.  Discuss AARP’s livable community efforts, current trends of the 50+ population, and the programming designed in VT to help make your home and community more livable and supportive of aging in place.

 

Brilliant Beautiful Birds of Summer

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Meeting Dates/Times: Wednesdays June 20, 27, 5:30-7 pm and Saturday, June 30, 8-10 am
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Jeffords 112
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

Explore some of the bold, beautiful, charismatic birds of Vermont’s swamps, lakes, and rivers, and some of the jewel-toned warblers around forests, orchards, and backyards. The last session will be a field trip either to a local wetland (Pond Road and Shelburne Pond) or to Geprags Community Park in Hinesburg, depending on participants’ interest and physical ability. Transportation to the field trip on the last session will be on your own.
Materials:

  • Week 1: Birds of Vermont’s Swamps, Lakes and Rivers – Vermont has over three dozen lakes, ponds and reservoirs, more than 40 named rivers and streams, and countless swamps, bogs, fens and wetlands. Some of Vermont’s showiest birds can be found on or near water.
  • Week 2: Avian Jewels: The Warblers  – Neon green, midnight blue, charcoal gray, flame orange, deepest red, canary yellow, snow white, lime, baby blue – Vermont’s warblers fill every spring and early summer with extraordinary color and excitement. Spend an evening
  • Week 3: Field Trip -  If we want to find wetland birds, we’ll walk the flat dirt Pond Road and then spend time in the parking lot and maybe on the trails at Shelburne Pond. If we go to Geprags, we have three options: a leisurely walk on forested trails that include some hills and some uneven footing, or a flat trail that skirts meadows and woods, or we can stay in the location of the parking lot, sitting on folding chairs and watching for Bobolinks, meadowlarks, sparrows, hawks and other beauties.

 

Burlington Waterfront Walking Tour with Britta Ton

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Meeting Date: Thursday, June 21
Meeting Time: 10 am – noon
Location: Meet in front of the ECHO building, 1 College Street, Burlington
Members: $25    Non-members: $40

Join one of Preservation Burlington’s knowledgeable tour guides on this in-depth look at the history and architecture of the Burlington Waterfront neighborhood. This tour will discuss Burlington’s thriving maritime and industrial history and tell fascinating stories of some of the personalities who were involved in the development of the waterfront as Burlington’s former industrial hub. The tour will also explore the architecture of the historic industrial, residential and commercial architecture along the waterfront and lower Battery Street. The tour will commence from in front of the ECHO center at the bottom of College Street and will last approximately two hours. While there will be several opportunities to take a seat throughout the tour, please prepare for two hours of walking.

 

Tantalizing Tapas

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Meeting Date: Saturday, June 23
Meeting Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Essex Resort & Spa J.K. Adams Kitchen, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Discover tapas, the little dishes of Spain, and learn how to make a tapas buffet. Perfect for casual entertaining! Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. Bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided. Transportation to The Essex Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa is on your own.

 

Wine 101: The Building Blocks of Wine

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Meeting Date: Monday, June 25
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Brittany Galbraith
Location: Dedalus Wine Shop, 388 Pine Street, Burlington
Member: $55  Non-Member: $75

Join Dedalus’ Director of Wine Education, Brittany Galbraith, as she breaks down the individual components of wine. Taste five wines and learn how to describe the wines you like. Includes a take-home workbook.  This class is a great first step if you’re just getting into wine. It’s also useful for wine drinkers looking for a palate tune-up.

 

Burlington Edible History Tour

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Meeting Date: Thursday, June 28
Meeting Time: 1-4:15 pm
Instructor: Elise Guyette and Gail Roseberg
Location: Meet behind ECHO building, 1 College Street, Burlington, facing the waterfront
Member: $65  Non-Member: $95

During this three-hour walking tour, we walk back in time to when Burlington was a bustling village, and farm-to-table was a way of life. We discover the many cultural groups that built the Queen City of Vermont and eat at five restaurants committed to serving farm-fresh foods. You should be able to walk almost two miles on the tour, both on flat terrain and up hills.  We meet behind ECHO facing the waterfront, rain or shine.

 

Government Dysfunction and the Future of Democracy

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, July 12
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Steve Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

America’s democratic institutions are under severe strain. A mere 20% of Americans now trust the federal government to “do the right thing”. This opening session will explore the many forces currently adding to the dysfunction of the nation’s governance systems, from gerrymandering to ballooning undisclosed political spending, social media advertising, fake news, voter restrictions, and the partisan manipulation of legislative procedures. Can traditional democracy survive? Is it possible to have full national sovereignty, “liberty, fraternity, equality”, and globalization simultaneously?
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

 

Paint & Sip: Smooth Sailing

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Meeting Date: Friday, July 13
Meeting Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Teresa Davis
Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Sail through the process of creating an acrylic painting on a stretched canvas inspired by beautiful ocean and lake scenes. Guided step by step through a painting, you will leave with a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. No two paintings will look alike. This class is suitable for absolute beginners and experienced painters alike.
The price of this class includes one glass of wine or beer. Snacks and additional drinks will be available for purchase.

 

A History Tour of Burlington

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Meeting Date: Saturday, July 14
Meeting Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Gary DeCarolis
Location: Meet at the Battery Park Parking Lot, next to Beansie’s & Burlington Police Dept., Burlington
Member: $65  Non-Member: $90

Explore Burlington’s amazing historical past from pre-European settlement when Algonquin and Iroquois Nations ruled the area to the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Review the importance of the small rock outcrop off Shelburne Point referred to in Algonquin legend where Wo-ja-ho-sen (“He who created himself”—Abenaki legend) resides, to how it became known as Rock Dunder today. Travel back in time when the village was first settled down at Water Street and near the Winooski Falls. Learn about the unique topography of the City and how it influenced travel in the early days of the city.  Visit the University of Vermont from its founding in 1791, hear stories of three incredible Civil War generals who are buried in Lake View Cemetery, and conclude with a bit of Burlington history of General Ethan Allen. Transportation by van provided for tour.


Can We Reverse Inequality?

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, July 19
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Damon Tweedy,Associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health System
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

America has defined itself as an egalitarian meritocracy, where anyone can pursue the “American Dream”. However, social, economic, and educational inequality have grown and become intertwined and deeply rooted in our society. The result: millions of Americans with limited education and low-paying jobs (or no jobs at all), facing a bleak future and creating social instability. Globalization, automation, the demise of labor unions, and possibly the new Tax Reform Act have widened this inequality. In addition, gender inequality persists, with barriers to advancement and harassment and assault behavior still present in the workplace and beyond #MeToo. This session will identify ways these trends might be reversed.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

 

Healthcare Issues and Answers

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, July 26
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Kathy EdinBloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25 

Two major healthcare challenges facing America in recent years have been the development of the Affordable Care Act and the onset of a raging opioid crisis. Although the ACA has been in effect for almost eight years, it remains highly controversial. It has extended care to millions of Americans, including those with limited means or pre-existing conditions, but has also provoked heated, divisive partisanship. What are the implications, in the new Tax Reform Act, of eliminating the ACA Mandate? The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American history. Death rates from opioid overdoses now surpass those of AIDS during the 1990′s. New, more lethal opioid products keep coming on the market. This session will provide possible solutions to these problems.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

 

Bleu Lavande & Colby-Curtis Museum Tour

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Meeting Date: Friday, July 27
Meeting Time: 8 am – 5 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Gutterson Garage, 95 Spear Street, South Burlington
Member: $95  Non-Member: $130

Visit the enchanting lavender fields at Bleu Lavande lavender farm in Fitch Bay, Québec. Take a guided tour of the farm and learn how lavender flowers are distilled into oil, the many uses of lavender and how the farm’s founder figured out how to grow organic lavender in Québec’s cold climate. You will have the opportunity to shop in Bleu Lavande’s store. In the afternoon, visit the Colby-Curtis Museum in nearby Stanstead, Québec, where you will tour the historic house and gardens and enjoy an English tea. Pack a lunch and picnic at the Bleu Lavande’s picnic pavilion or purchase lunch at the farm’s snack bar. Premier Coach Bus transportation provided.

 

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

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Meeting Date: Thursday, August 2
Meeting Time: 9 am-noon
Instructor: Dovid Yagoda
Location: Meet at Shelburne Bay Fish and Wildlife access on Bay Road, Shelburne
Member: $80  Non-Member: $100

True North Kayak Tours is offering a three-hour kayak seminar that includes paddling instruction, safety considerations, and basic boat handling.  The program is taught by coaches from the American Canoe Association and British Canoe Union who have years of experience working with adult learners. Group safety, trip planning, and weather considerations are all covered in this introductory program. Explore the wildlife of Shelburne Bay with experienced instructors and take in some of the natural history of Lake Champlain while learning these lifelong skills. All equipment and handouts are provided, but you can bring your own kayak if you have one. Meet at Shelburne Bay Fish and Wildlife access on Bay Road in Shelburne.

The Immigration Dilemma

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, August 2
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Steve Yale-LoehrAmerican law professor at Cornell Law School and immigration law attorney.
Location: Jeffords Hall 112, UVM Campus
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

America’s exceptional status as a nation of immigrants is being challenged by globalization. An anti-immigration sentiment has grown among many Americans, despite the many positive achievements of immigrants in our society. Our nation is divided about what to do about the 10 million illegal immigrants who currently reside in our country, including young Dreamers. What should our national immigration policy be? Meanwhile, overt profiling of immigrants, has become more prevalent. This session will cover all these immigration issues, and probe the overarching question of whether America is on a slippery slope toward isolation or can once again boldly affirm its openness.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

Tackling Racism

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, August 9
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Instructor: Senator George Mitchell, American lawyer, businessman, author, and former Senator of Maine
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

153 years after abolishing slavery in 1865, much of America is still a slave to its racist past. The presence of racism – particularly the treatment of black Americans – seems deeply rooted, despite the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts and anti-discrimination laws (including the Supreme Court decision on outlawing “separate but equal” schools). Many Americans don’t wish to recognize that discrimination of blacks continues as an endemic problem. A recent Pew study found a wide gap between black and white opinions on whether blacks are treated unfairly when dealing with the police, the court system, or in the workplace. The result: racial inequality and the near impossibility of many blacks to break the cycle of poverty or avoid being part of the “school dropout-to-prison” pipeline. This session covers this problem and suggests ways to create an environment that promotes justice and healing, while fostering an emerging culture of respect and belonging.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

How Can We Unite Americans Again?

Register NowInstructor: Susan Dentzer,President and CEO, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation; Senior Policy Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Health Policy Analyst, PBS NewsHour
Meeting Date: Thursday, August 16
Meeting Time: 9-11:30 am
Location: Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

For many years, predictable social order prevailed in the U.S. However, there is now a rising tide of dug-in polarization due to the rapid growth of minorities and the emergence of fundamental inequalities, resulting in an increasing number of Americans feeling “left behind”. Whenever change happens quickly, there are always loud voices of dissent that want to return to the good old times. This has created a populist furor in America. The more this furor rises, the more our country feels hopelessly divided. This session provides perspective on how America can end the divisiveness that is currently undermining its strength domestically and in the world. Simply stated, how can we unite Americans again? Our future depends on it.
*Please note this is a livestream lecture that is presented on a screen in a classroom. This is not a face to face lecture.

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