Central Vermont Lecture Series

Fall 2017 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.

September 13 – Montpelier
Author Andrew Potok
Meditation on Human Evil
In his book 13 Stradomska Street: A Memoir of Exile and Return, Potok explores the pre-WWII Polish landscape from which his family fled, as well as his return visit decades later.

September 20 – Montpelier
Composer Erik Nielsen
Little Bands, Big Voices: Singers Take Center Stage in the 1940s
Great singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, the Andrews Sisters, and Nat King Cole are the focus. Nielsen will play their music and discuss the music of the era.

September 27 – Montpelier
Historian Brian Lindner
Vermont Plane Crashes
Lindner will explore this unusual side of aviation in Vermont, including famous and forgotten crashes. He shares investigators’ stories of both pathos and humor.

October 4 – Montpelier
Author and Researcher Christopher Noël
Sasquatch: An Introduction to our Next of Kin
Explore through video and audio clips various aspects of this primate species—its nature, behavior, and likely place in the human family tree.

October 11 – Montpelier
Kathy Fox, Professor of Sociology
The Role of Civic Engagement in Prisoner Integration
Vermont uses Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) as an innovative approach to helping prisoners reenter their communities. Professor Fox will discuss her research relative to the success of this program.

October 18 – Barre
Professor and Pathologist Dr. Debra Leonard
Genomic Medicine
In the near future, genomic testing for diagnosis and therapy may be commonplace. Learn what it is and its potential from this researcher and teacher.

October 25 – Barre
Scott A. McLaughlin
The Granite Cutters’ Story: A History of Vermont’s 200 Year Old Granite Industry
The director of the Vt. Granite Museum will outline a tale of hope and loss; of the eager immigrants whose dreams shaped our nation’s cemeteries, parks, and public architecture.

November 1 – Montpelier
Gregory Sanford
Reflections on Race and Ethnicity in Vermont
Through the use of archival records, retired VT State Archivist Gregory Sanford will explore how VT and Vermonters have wrested with issues around racial and ethnic identity in one of the least diverse states in the U.S.

November 8 – Barre
Former Legislator Tony Klein
The Politics of Sustainable Energy in Vermont
Our energy future is a delicate balance between the local need for power generation and local control. Ultimately, politics will determine our success in

November 15 – Barre
ACLU Communications Director Kate Connizzo
Threats to Civil Liberties in the Age of Trump
Connizzo will discuss the Vermont ACLU’s work on civil liberties issues including privacy, government secrecy, criminal justice reform, and police accountability.



Movie Series

Rick Winston presents
Contemporary Iran in the Films of Asghar Farhadi

These provocative films present a microcosm of modern Iran and the inevitable complications that arise, especially when interactions cross class and gender differences.

Savoy Theater, Montpelier 1
12:30-2:30 p.m. (note different time)

November 29
Fireworks Wednesday
This 2006 human drama has been called “dense and emotionally resonant” and features outstanding performances.

December 6
About Elly
Released in 2009, this revelation of human nature demonstrates how we complicate our lives with our daily manipulations.

December 13
A Separation
This 2011 film is a portrait of a fractured relationship and an examination of theocracy, domestic rule, and the politics of sex and class.

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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