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Central Vermont Lecture Series

Winter/Spring 2018 Program

2014ctrlvtolliphotoMost programs will be held at the

Montpelier Senior Activity Center

58 Barre St. Montpelier


Aldrich Public Library
6 Washington St. Barre

Films will be shown at the Savoy Theater , 26 Main Street in Montpelier

Programs will not take place when the Montpelier schools are cancelled for weather. You may call (802) 479-2602 to confirm.

Programs take place on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. (films at 12:30).
$5 suggested donation per program or $40 for the 13-program series.

January 24 – Montpelier
Author Katherine Paterson
Writing My Brigadista Year
A discussion of how and why this historical novel, about a young girl’s coming of age while volunteering in Castro’s Cuban national literary program, was written.

January 31 – Montpelier
Journalist Garrett Graff
The Mueller Investigation and 2018 Politics
Mueller biographer Graff will discuss the unfolding investigation of Russia’s role in the last election and its impact on current national politics.

February 7- Montpelier -CANCELLED, TO BE RESCHEDULED
Professor Kelly J. Rohan, Ph.D.
Seasonal Affective Disorder: What do We Know?
Dr. Rohan will review symptoms, prevalence, possible causes, and treatment options of winter SAD and discuss new research findings.

February 14 – Montpelier
Professor Wolfgang Mieder, Ph.D.
History & Meaning of a Proverb
The presentation examines the origin, dissemination, history, and meaning of the quotation-turned-proverb, “All men are created equal.”

February 21 – Barre
Musicians Mary Bonhag & Evan Premo
Making a Life of Music in Vermont
Soprano Mary Bonhag and Composer/Bassist Evan Premo will perform and describe their lives as internationally active musicians and devoted parents.

February 28 – Barre
Artist Susan Abbott
How Painters See
Using a slide show, Abbott will help demystify how artists filter the world through the lenses of color, value, and composition in the creation of art.

March 7- Barre
Professor and Publisher Robert C. Williams
Plan V: The Case for a 2nd VT Republic
Dr. Williams will present a 12-point program for a 2nd Vermont Republic: a plan for interdependence.

March 14 – Barre – CANCELLED
Conservationist Gus Goodwin
Restoring the American Elm Tree
Conservaton coordinator for the Nature Conservancy, Goodwin will discuss the rebirth of the American elm after its severe decline in recent decades.

March 28 – Montpelier
Retired Engineer and Teacher Chris Brown
Observations on the Cosmos
Brown will discuss recent cosmic activities, including a spectacular neutron star collision, which may help scientists answer long-standing questions in astrophysics.

April 4 – Montpelier
Activist Asma Elhuni
Introduction to Islam
Learn about the diversity within the Muslim faith, what practices and beliefs unite Muslims, and about issues of gender and public policy.

Movie Series

Rick Winston presents
Cross-Cultural Encounters and Collisions in 21st Century Films
Savoy Theater, Montpelier 12:30-2:30 p.m. (note different time)


April 11
The Visitor
This 2007 American drama examines issues of identity, immigration, and cross-cultural communication in post-9/11 NYC.

April 18
The Necessities of Life
In French and Inuktitut and subtitled in English, this 2008 Canadian film examines the politics of relationships, sex, and class across cultures.

April 25
The Edge of Heaven
A multi-layered film (2007) explores the lives of Turks in Germany and Germans in Turkey. With subtitles.

Membership Information


Individual ticket: $40
Couple’s ticket: $70
You may also attend single events (suggested donation $5.00 payable at the door)

HALF-PRICE SPECIAL First-Time Members only:

Individual ticket: $20

Couple’s ticket: $35

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure or click on this membership form. Mail your completed form with your payment to:

(make checks payable to: The University of Vermont)

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401
For further information, call: 802-479-2602 or e-mail: gracewgreene@comcast.net

Become a member today!

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.


Steering Committee: Hedi Ballantyne, Marge Christie, Priscilla Daggett, Edie Miller, Reidun Nuquist, Bob Rosenfeld, Alan Taplow

Program Committee: Alice Blachly, Marge Christie, Priscilla Daggett, Grace Greene, Edie Miller, Robert Murphy, Gayle Poinsette, Bob Rosenfeld

Hospitality Committee: Hedi Ballantyne, Anne DeVaughn, Amalia DiStefano

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

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