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 4
This class is full

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, December 6-20
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Jeffords 112
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

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.

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 5
This class is full

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, January 10-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: TBA
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

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.

 

French For Travelers

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, February 3-24
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Alysse Anton
Location:
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.

 

Understanding Puccini’s La Bohème

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, February 22
Meeting Time: 5-7 pm
Instructor: William Harwood
Location:
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Examine themes and characters from Puccini’s La Bohème, the passionate, timeless and indelible love story about young artists in Paris during the 1830s.  Discuss the highlights, what to listen for and look for in the performance, and what happens behind the scenes.  This class will prepare you for viewing the Metropolitan Opera in HD presentation on Saturday, February 24, at the Palace 9 Theater in South Burlington. Performance transportation and tickets are on your own.

 

Beginner Pilates Session 1

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, February 22-March 15
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Griffin
Location:
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

This class is designed to challenge the beginner and the practicing Pilates student. Mat classes are a great way to learn the fundamental principles of the Pilates method. Pilates improves strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. Each exercise is designed to promote elongated and toned muscles, and are noted for creating a strong body core. Bring a padded mat, at least equivalent to 2 yoga mats

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 1

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, March 5-26
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location:
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.

 

Spanish for Travelers

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, March 5-26
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Elvira Tripp
Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington
Member: $115  Non-Member: $140

Discover a fun and engaging way to learn basic Spanish words and phrases to enhance your international travel. The class will be hands-on, conversational, and centered around food. We will be cooking some dishes connected to Spanish-speaking countries and using cuisine as a starting point for learning beginning Spanish.

 

Tai Chi for Life Session 1

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location:
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

This program is especially adapted for those with arthritis and lower back pain, and has been proven to help with balance. Recent medical research at major universities has shown it to reduce the rate of serious falls in older adults by more than 50%. It is fun to learn, and with regular practice it can be an enjoyable practice for a lifetime. This class will get you started, and help to keep you going, by connecting you with other Tai Chi players in the area. Tai Chi originated in ancient China and is practiced for its health benefits throughout the world by people of all ages. Slow, gentle, and relaxed movements are combined with focused, deep breathing. It can be done standing or sitting by just about anyone in any location.

Tai Chi for Arthritis is a joint-safe activity proven to reduce pain while you improve balance, agility, and increase lower and upper body strength.  The instructor is an authorized trainer and certified instructor for Tai Chi Vermont. She serves as a volunteer instructor for Tai Chi for Fall Prevention for Age Well (formerly known as CVAA). She is a certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute under the direction of Dr. Paul Lam.  The program is easy to learn, safe, and effective. For more information you may go to: www.taichiproductions.com. Loose, comfortable clothing recommended, but no special clothes or equipment required.

 

Dutch Language Course for Beginners

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Bob Van Heeks
Location:
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Learn the basics of the Dutch language, spoken in the Netherlands, Belgium, the Netherlands Antilles, Suriname, and in parts of South Africa. Explore this rich and historical language that has its roots in Old Germanic and strong links to English, German, and several Scandinavian languages. Learn basic vocabulary and grammar to start a conversation. No experience necessary.

  • Week 1: Basic Vocabulary and Introducing Yourself
  • Week 2: Basic Grammar
  • Week 3: Vocabulary and Grammar
  • Week 4: Conversation Skills and Grammar

 

Beginning Yoga II Session 1

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 7-28
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location:
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.

 

Retiring Your Way

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, March 10
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Liz Vogel
Location:
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

This 90-minute presentation serves to recognize, inspire, and outline actionable steps that individuals can do to begin to plan for the next chapter in their lives after a long-term career.  It may be full retirement, phased, a gap year, volunteering, or another career altogether.  Using storytelling to weave together real-life scenarios that involve experienced workers and their business and personal lives, today’s elongated workforce, recommendations for a smooth transition, and humor, Liz Vogel guides the audience through key considerations that enable a purposeful next chapter.

 

Birding: From the Wetlands to the Drylands

Register NowMeeting Dates/Times: Wednesdays, March 14, 21, 5:30-7 pm & Saturday, March 24, 10 am-noon
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location:
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

Examine the wild and wonderful wetlands and the birds that feed and breed there, in several beautiful National Wildlife Refuges, including the two here in Vermont. Compare it to birding in an arid climate, such as Montezuma Quail, Elegant Trogon, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, and hummingbirds. Learn how to plan a birding trip, including to Arizona’s “Sky Islands.”Concludes with a field trip to a local wetland. Transportation to field trip on your own.

  • Week 1: In this class, we’ll first talk about wetlands. What are wetlands? Why are they so important that over a hundred countries from all around the world have joined together to protect and conserve them? And why do birds love them so?
  • Week 2: From our classroom at UVM, we’ll “visit” an area that’s dramatically different from Vermont, an area with very little rainfall or wet land.
  • Week 3: The third session will be a field trip to a local wetland to experience the spring awakening.

 

Journalism in the Era of Fake News

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, March 15
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Greg Guma
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Mass media has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Print, electronic, and digital outlets fill too much time and space with self-serving arguments and questionable stories manufactured by ideologues, propagandists, and even governments. The race for circulation, clicks, and audience shares places a premium on titillation and superficiality, producing a misinformed electorate. Many stories go untold and major problems are ignored. Corporate consolidation compounds these problems.

Examine the challenges confronting journalism in a post-modern era characterized by fraud and scandal, questionable elections, corrupt leaders, and phony news. The current media environment leaves many  people with little to trust or believe. They often consume only information that reinforces their opinions and assumptions. Despite its benefits, the digital revolution has accelerated this social fragmentation, creating a self-segregated information environment that serves the interests of opportunists and extremists. As a result, facts have been devalued and truth has become difficult to define.

 

Paint & Sip: Monet’s Waterlilies

Register NowMeeting Date: Friday, March 16
Meeting Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Teresa Davis
Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington
Member: $35  Non-Member: $50

Create an acrylic waterlily-themed painting on canvas from start to finish. Unlike many other paint-and-sip experiences, each individual’s final piece will be completely unique. Experienced and novice painters are welcome to participate.   Fee includes one glass of wine and all materials. Snacks and additional drinks will be available for purchase.

 

Soup’s On!

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, March 17
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

Simmer up some sensational soups in this hands-on cooking class! The class will cover different styles of soup, from velvety purées to chunky gratinéed soups. Learn a master recipe for transforming just about any vegetable into a nourishing soup. Learn simple broth recipes and creative garnish ideas. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. Bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided.

 

Fused Glass: Suncatchers or Bowls

Register NowMeeting Date: Sunday, March 18
Meeting Time: 3:30-5:30 pm
Instructor: Alyssa Oxley
Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

You will find that Davis Studios is a great place to learn about glass! There is something tantalizing in being able to play with something that is both fragile and durable. You will learn basic properties of glass, cutting techniques, and elements of design to create a unique suncatcher or bowl. Your piece will then be fused in our glass kiln. Each piece is a lovely keepsake or gift. Finished pieces will be ready for pick up approximately one week after the workshop. No previous experience necessary. All materials provided.

 

The Science of Happiness

Register NowMeeting Date: Monday, March 19
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Andrew Rosenfeld
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

What is the secret to happiness? Can the tools of science be brought to bear to help us answer this age-old human question? In this session we will touch on the history of positive psychology and recent scientific findings that shed light on the pursuit of well-being.

 

Shelburne Vineyard: Grapes, Vines, Wines & Your Palate, VT Style

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, March 20
Meeting Time: 4-7 pm
Instructor: Shelburne Vineyard Staff
Location: Shelburne Vineyard, 6308 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Discuss how, in the last decade, Vermont has emerged as a respected wine-producing region with the cultivation of a whole new family of grapes. Explore the origins and culture of the grapes that have given rise to this new VT beverage industry. Begin with a tour of Shelburne Vineyard during the waning winter daylight hours and continue in the winery with an explanation of the wines and winemaking process that creates the wines produced by the Vineyard.

Proceed to the Vineyard’s Loft for a guided and interactive tasting experience. Receive instruction on tasting “method,” flavor descriptors to help identify the language of wine tasting, and descriptions of where to detect structural components like tannin and acidity.  Experience a sampling of some key flavor elements. This segment will culminate by tasting a selection of wines produced from VT grape varieties when paired with a variety of Vermont artisan cheeses and other VT specialty food tidbits. Come away with a better understanding and appreciation of the grapes that reflect our VT terroire and of how the characteristics of the wine interact with those of different foods to create your own impression of taste.

Participants will be provided with a souvenir Shelburne Vineyard wineglass and a VT Grape and Wine Council Passport to help them explore VT’s other wineries and vineyards at their leisure and with the knowledge they’ve gained.

 

Beginner Pilates Session 2

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, March 22-April 19
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Griffin
Location:
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

This class is designed to challenge the beginner and the practicing Pilates student. Mat classes are a great way to learn the fundamental principles of the Pilates method. Pilates improves strength, flexibility, balance, control, and muscular symmetry. Each exercise is designed to promote elongated and toned muscles, and are noted for creating a strong body core. Bring a padded mat, at least equivalent to 2 yoga mats. No class April 12.

 

Farmers, Flatlanders and Politicians: VT Humor Through the Ages

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, March 27
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Bill Mares
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Vermont humor began in hardscrabble times as farmers made light of heavy and tedious work. Farmers refined it through countless hours of plowing rock-strewn fields, shaving and shaping stories to fine points. Visitors and immigrants (“Flatlanders”) brought new recruits for gentle derision, and politicians were always fair game for the public and each other. Bill Mares takes you on a guided tour of Vermont humor from the era of Calvin Coolidge to that of Donald Trump.

 

Understanding Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, March 28
Meeting Time: 5-7 pm
Instructor: William Harwood
Location:
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Discuss themes and characters from Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, where two brothers test the fidelity of their fiancées, aided by a philosopher and a maid. Examine the highlights, what to listen for and look for in the performance, and what happens behind the scenes.  This class will prepare you for viewing the Metropolitan Opera in HD presentation on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Palace 9 Theater in South Burlington.  Performance transportation and tickets are on your own.

 

Women’s Voices: Where Have We Come From, Where Are We Going?

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 28-April 18
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location:
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Read and discuss short excerpts of essays, short stories, and poems speaking of women’s experiences. Participants are invited to share their own perspectives, as women or men. Authors include women at the forefront of women’s movements, past and present, and authors of fiction and poetry focused on women’s points of view: Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, Gail Collins, Susan Faludi, Rebecca Solnit, Roxane Gay, Doris Lessing, Virginia Woolf, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Audre Lorde, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and others.  Examine contemporary women activists around the globe: Nawal El Saadawi, Sylvia Tamale, Lydia Cacho, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Malala Yousafzai, Malalai Joya, and Vandana Shiva.

  • Week 1: History: Voices from the Past
  • Week 2: Theory: Contemporary Voices
  • Week 3: Creation: Fiction and Poetry
  • Week 4: Global Activism: Contemporary Issues

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 2

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 2-23
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location:
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.

 

Tai Chi for Life Session 2

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location:
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

This program is especially adapted for those with arthritis and lower back pain, and has been proven to help with balance. Recent medical research at major universities has shown it to reduce the rate of serious falls in older adults by more than 50%. It is fun to learn, and with regular practice it can be an enjoyable practice for a lifetime. This class will get you started, and help to keep you going, by connecting you with other Tai Chi players in the area. Tai Chi originated in ancient China and is practiced for its health benefits throughout the world by people of all ages. Slow, gentle, and relaxed movements are combined with focused, deep breathing. It can be done standing or sitting by just about anyone in any location.

Tai Chi for Arthritis is a joint-safe activity proven to reduce pain while you improve balance, agility, and increase lower and upper body strength.  The instructor is an authorized trainer and certified instructor for Tai Chi Vermont. She serves as a volunteer instructor for Tai Chi for Fall Prevention for Age Well (formerly known as CVAA). She is a certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute under the direction of Dr. Paul Lam.  The program is easy to learn, safe, and effective. For more information you may go to: www.taichiproductions.com. Loose, comfortable clothing recommended, but no special clothes or equipment required.

 

Introduction to Western Music

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: James Stewart
Location:
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Discuss the origin of musical expression and practice and the history of music notation, look at some the highlights of music history and how it intersects with world history, and discover the differences among Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Learn more about your favorite composers and classical pieces and discover new music and characters.

  • Week 1: The Unanswered Question – Where does music come from?
  • Week 2: Discovering a Musical Language – Explore different notational practices from around the world and follow the evolution of our modern musical notation
  • Week 3: Monteverdi to Beethoven – The Baroque and Classical Eras
  • Week 4: Beethoven to Today – Discuss the last two hundred years of musical expression

 

Memoir Writing: Telling Your Stories

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 3-May 8
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Kristen Johannesson
Location:
Member: $120  Non-Member: $180

Develop skills associated with writing the contemporary memoir, such as “truth” in memoir versus authenticity. Explore ways of writing that involve your important people, e.g. family members, friends, etc. Examine memoir, autobiography and biography, the importance and development of scene, dialogue, character development, time lines, structure, the narrative voice of memoir, and the revision process.  All levels of writers are welcome! Please bring a writing instrument and paper.

  • Week 1: Memoir, Autobiography, & Biography. Authenticity vs. Truth
  • Week 2: Character development in memoir & writing our important people
  • Week 3: Narrowing in on single event/ongoing circumstance, establishing a time line, developing the quest
  • Week 4: Writing Dialogue in memoir; Outlines as our tools
  • Week 5: The Narrative Voice of memoir. Bringing research into memoir
  • Week 6: Endings, revision, and where do we go from here

 

Beginning Yoga II Session 2

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 4-25
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location:
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.

 

Cannons and Nukes in the Champlain Valley

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 5
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Scott McLaughlin
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Learn why the Champlain Valley was one of the USSR’s major targets for their intercontinental ballistic missiles during the 1960s. This presentation explores the connections between the Champlain Valley’s forts, naval and air bases and the nuclear defense system, as well as the recent debates over the F-35 Lightning warplanes and making Camp Ethan Allen a missile defense battery.

 

English Handbell Musicianship

Register NowMeeting Dates: Fridays, April 6-May 4
Meeting Time: 5-6:30 pm
Instructor: Jerilyn Bergdahl
Location: Shelburne Trinity Episcopal Church, 5171 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Discuss the many facets of the musical art of ringing English handbells, taught by members of the advanced handbell ensemble, Northern Bronze. Learn basic handbell skills as well as handbell organization, history, and lore with the goal of performing a simple piece of music together. Ringing handbells is a whole body, physical activity.  The handbells used in this class will weigh approximately one-half pound to five pounds, requiring strength to lift and hold the bells. No musical experience necessary.  Transportation to Shelburne Trinity Episcopal Church each week is on your own. No class April 20.

  • Week 1: Handbell warm-ups, stance, stroke, basic chords, basic notation and history
  • Week 2: Handbell “stopped” techniques, continue handbell notation, continue ringing basic handbell composition
  • Week 3: Handbell groups in Vermont and overall organization – Continue techniques and ringing basic handbell composition
  • Week 4: Demonstration of advanced handbell techniques by members of Northern Bronze, summary, wrap-up and performance

 

Dobra Tea: Experiencing Tea and Tea Cultures  from Around the World

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, April 7
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Nina Beck and Stacy Jolles
Location: Dobra Tea, 80 Church St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Tea is the oldest beverage in the world. Join us for an experiential class devoted to this drink that comes from many diverse cultures around the world. Taste the teas and food pairings from around the world, and view photos of tea production. Learn about tea production and experience a bit of the diversity of tea culture. Tea has played a significant and influential role in starting wars, settling peace agreements, and in cultural exchanges throughout the ages.

 

Burlington Geographic: Creating A Sense of Place & Sustainable Future

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, April 11
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Walter Poleman
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

The PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement) Director will discuss the findings of a UVM community outreach program known as Burlington Geographic, which creates opportunities for fostering a sense of place and a sustainable future for the City of Burlington, Vermont. By giving voice to diverse stories, showcasing partnerships and sustainability initiatives, connecting educators with local experts, and infusing energy and ideas, Burlington Geographic aims to engage the whole community in a celebration of place. Over the past year, PLACE staff has worked closely with community members to develop an integrated series of presentations, field workshops, and web-based resources designed to deeply explore Burlington’s cultural heritage, natural history, and ecological potential.

Burlington Geographic, and this unfolding story of Burlington’s place-based identity, is the current focus of the  PLACE  Program, an initiative of The University of Vermont and Shelburne Farms. Since 2001, the PLACE Program has worked with 16 communities in Vermont and beyond to explore the intersection of natural and cultural history, and to deepen the connection between people and the landscape in which they live.

 

Backyard Birds

Register NowMeeting Dates/Times: Thursday, April 12, 5:30-7 pm & Saturday April 14, 10 am-noon
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location:
Member: $35  Non-Member: $60

Learn about common backyard birds, such as robins, chickadees, starlings, crows, and blue jays. The second session includes a field trip to observe these backyard birds; the viewing area is only accessible via 3 stone steps.  Field trip transportation is on your own.

  • Week 1: We’ll spend classroom time learning about common birds and their uncommon selves.
  • Week 2: Field trip to the instructor’s backyard to watch and listen to feathered visitors.

 

Edible Landscaping: Creating a Permaculture Oasis

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, April 14
Meeting Time: 9 am – noon
Instructor: Jacob Holzberg-Pill
Location:
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

In this course, participants will learn about the basics of Permaculture Design. We will explore different ways to create landscapes with the goal of meeting human needs while preserving and increasing ecosystem health. This class will cover multiple strategies such as edible forest gardens, perennial polycultures, and designing luscious landscapes and ecosystems. Participants will have the opportunity to explore designs for their own backyards or community garden plots.

 

We the People: Understanding the Constitution

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 19
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Sandra Baird
Location:
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

After the successful waging of the American Revolution in 1781, and after the initial experiment with a loose confederation of states, representatives from all over the former British colonies met during hot summer days in July 1787 to “form a more perfect union.”  The heated arguments of northern and southern delegates resulted in the U.S. Constitution–perhaps the first written document in history–full of contradictions and compromises, failures and successes. Yet that document still exists today and is the rule of law which we rely on to preserve our liberties and our republican form of a government “of, by and for the people.” Sovereignty was guaranteed from below or from the grassroots, and Monarchies and aristocracies were eliminated in this first successful anti-colonial struggle.

To the description of the new government in the Constitution, the first 10 amendments were added. Called “the Bill of Rights,” these amendments guaranteed more than a republican form of government but guarantee liberty against the tyranny of that government. Unique in the world, the Bill of Rights mandates that people have human rights that the state cannot abridge, freedom of speech, to worship or not to worship, freedom of the press and assembly, and to privacy.

In this course we will discuss the compromises of the Constitution which haunt us today and the current breaches in our Constitutional liberties which trouble us now.  But we will also glory in this remarkable document which our founding fathers had the sense to adopt and which we hope now to reserve.

 

Fairbanks Museum Tour with Mark Breen

Register NowMeeting Date: Friday, April 20
Meeting Time: 8 am – 4 pm
Instructor: Mark Breen
Location: Meet at Gutterson Garage, 95 Spear St., South Burlington
Member: $65  Non-Member: $95

Learn what tools and skills meteorologist Mark Breen needs to make a forecast. Explore the night skies in the Museum’s planetarium and relate to what is seen as science, mythology, planetary science and current events. Enjoy lunch in town at a restaurant of choice or your own bagged lunch in the Museum. Coach bus transportation to the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury is provided. Note: The planetarium is only accessible via a 25-step large spiral staircase.

 

Satisfying Salads with Grains & Beans

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, April 21
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

Prepare a selection of hearty salads featuring whole grains, beans, and legumes. These recipes are practical and perfect for spring potlucks and gatherings. Learn how to cook a variety of whole grains and how to match them with seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs, and dressings. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. Bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided.

 

Conflict and Cooperation in the South China Sea

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 26
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: David Rosenberg
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Bordered by many of Asia’s rapidly-growing, export-oriented countries, the South China Sea contains the busiest ports and shipping lanes in the world. Coastal countries have an extraordinarily high degree of inter-dependence and cooperation on matters of trade and commerce. Why then have there been so many recent maritime confrontations, resource conflicts, and competing territorial claims in the region? How will regional security be affected by China’s militarization of its possessions in the South China Sea and by the new nationalist, protectionist, and unilateralist policies of the Trump administration in the United States? This program will discuss these questions and examine policy options for resource sharing and maritime security in the South China Sea.

 

Gnosticism: Ancient Ideas about the Nature of the Universe and Our Place in it

Register NowMeeting Date: Monday, April 30
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Jeffrey Trumbower
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Gnosticism was a religious/philosophical movement of the second and third centuries C.E. based on “gnosis,” or “knowledge”– esoteric saving knowledge about the nature of the universe and human beings.  It has seen a revival in recent decades since the 1945 discovery of ancient texts at Nag Hammadi, Egypt (many of them “Gnostic”), which offer alternative interpretations of the Jewish and Christian traditions that have been passed down over the centuries.  In this class, we will explore the central ideas of Gnosticism and other related movements in the ancient world, and we’ll get a sense of what those long-lost Nag Hammadi texts have to say.

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 3

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 30-May 21
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location:
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

Register NowMeeting 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

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, May 2-23
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location:
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.

 

Fleming Museum Tour: Self Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, May 3
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Christina Fearon
Location: Fleming Museum of Art, 61 Colchester Ave., Burlington
Member: $15  Non-Member: $30

Join the Fleming’s curator of education for a private tour of the exhibition, “Self Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel.” Explore Bechdel’s work as a writer, an artist and an archivist of the self, who mines and shares her personal experiences to communicate about the human condition. Bechdel is known for her pioneering comic strip about the lives of a group of lesbian friends, “Dykes to Watch Out For,” and her family memoirs “Fun Home,” which was the basis of the Tony-award winning musical of the same name and “Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.”

 

Exploring Climate Change in Vermont, One Sector at a Time

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, May 10
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.

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