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Central Vermont Lecture Series

Fall 2018 Program

2014ctrlvtolliphotoAll programs will be held at the
Montpelier Senior Activity Center(MSAC)
58 Barre Street, Montpelier


Unitarian Church of Montpelier(UCM)
130 Main Street, Montpelier

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 12 – MSAC
Musician Mark Greenberg
Woody Guthrie: Dustbowl Balladeer
We explore the life and legacy of the chronicler of the Great Depression through prose readings, recorded and live examples of his music, and slides of his own art and photographs.

September 26 – UCM
Conservationist Gus Goodwin
Restoring the American Elm Tree
Conservation coordinator for the Nature Conservancy, Goodwin will discuss the rebirth of the American elm after its severe decline in recent decades.

October 3 – MSAC
Michelle Champoux, Lawrence Webster
Is Civility Politically Incorrect?
Frustrated by the angry tone of so much discussion these days? This program will focus on how to lead the way back to civil discourse in your daily life.

October 10 – MSAC
Professor Emeritus of Political Science Eric Davis
Political Polarization in the US: Causes and Consequences
Political polarization has increased markedly in recent years. Davis will discuss what it is, why it is increasing, and the impacts on our political system, on our society, and on the 2018 elections.

October 17 – MSAC
Archeologist and Historian Scott McLaughlin
The Chase: Lake Champlain’s Rum Runners and Boat Patrol
Rather than risk capture by lawmen during Prohibition, professional smugglers created a seemingly never-ending flow of booze across the Canadian border into Vermont and New York via Lake Champlain.

October 24 – MSAC
Author Joseph A. Citro
Vermont: Bizarre and Baffling
True stories and credible folklore about the dark side of life in Vermont, including tales of the odd, the supernatural, and the sublime.

October 31- MSAC
Creative Director Gary Lee Miller
Addiction and Recovery in Central Vermont
Miller will explore the causes and symptoms of addiction and how we can all help. He’ll discuss Writers for Recovery and the science of using writing as a recovery tool.

November 7 – UCM
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.

November 14 – MSAC
Historian Amanda Kay Gustin
Vermont vs Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film
Examining the ideals represented by Vermont in films over time provides interesting and fun insights into the hold the state has had on imaginations in the media age.

November 28 – MSAC
Author Baron Wormser
Ways of Biography
This former poet laureate of Maine will read from his published work (prose and poetry) and discuss how he writes about the lives of others.

Movie Series


Rick Winston presents
Films by the Dardenne Brothers

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

Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne have, since 1996, created naturalistic films about working class life in their hometown. These are three of their award-winning films of people at the fringes of society.

December 5
La Promesse (1996)
A father who traffics and exploits illegal immigrants comes into conflict with his teenage son.

December 12
L’Enfant (2005)
A young couple living on the margins have a baby—but we can’t tell you more without spoiling the plot.

December 19
The Unknown Girl (2016)
A young doctor is determined to discover the identity of a young African woman found dead near her office.

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: Marge Christie, Priscilla Daggett, Edie Miller, Reidun Nuquist, Bob Rosenfeld

Program Committee: Michelle Champoux, Marge Christie, Grace Greene, Edie Miller, Reidun Nuquist, Gayle Poinsette, Peter Rousmaniere, Lawrence Webster

Hospitality Committee: Louise Ellingwood, Amalia DiStefano

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

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