Lamoille Valley Lecture Series

Winter 2018


All lectures:
Wednesdays 1:30 pm – sharp
$5.00 admission per lecture or $30.00 for the 9-lecture series
Location: Town and Country Resort,
876 Mountain Rd
Stowe, VT
802-253-7595

If there is to be a cancellation due to weather, listen to WDEV 550 AM or WLVB 93.9 FM or call Town and Country Resort: 253-7595

September 6
PAINTING A NATION: AMERICAN ART AT THE SHELBURNE MUSEUM
Katie Kirchhoff, Associate Curator at the Museum, will discuss its collection and history, highlighting works by both famous and less well-known artists. Additionally, she will review current curatorial research projects and include the behind-the-scenes workings of Vermont’s leading museum.

January 10
HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING MEDICINE AND HOW THOSE CHANGES WILL AFFECT YOU
Jill Jemison is Chief Information Officer for Health Sciences at the University of Vermont. Advances in robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality, the internet and big data will change how medicine treats people and how people access medicine. This presentation will discuss how technological advances have immediate real-life implications for health, aging and personalized medicine.

January 17
UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE AND IMPACTS: THE VERMONT PERSPECTIVE
Gillian Galford, PhD, is an ecosystems ecologist on the faculty at the Gund Institute for Environment and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. She is the lead author of the Vermont Climate Assessment. She will also review our future climate and its impacts on communities, natural resources, agriculture and tourism. Her remarks will also reference recent information from the National Climate Assessment.

January 24
A LIGHT IN THE DARK – ANCIENT ASTRONOMY IN IRELAND
Mark Breen, Senior Meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, will explain how the sciences have provided an amazing, advanced understanding of astronomy on the Emerald Isle predating the Pyramids of Egypt and also Stonehenge. He has traveled to several mystical rock formations and will share his experience, including images of stone circles and astronomically aligned stones.

January 31
ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL: THE HISTORY AND MEANING OF AN AMERICAN PROVERBIAL CLAIM
Wolfgang Mieder, UVM Distinguished Professor of German and Folklore, will explore the origin, dissemination, history and meaning of the quotation turned proverb “All men are created equal”. He will introduce parodies of the proverb and its use in cartoons and advertisements, as well as its sociopolitical use by major American figures since the time of Thomas Jefferson.

February 7
BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Linda Bryant is a tutor who through her own business has helped seniors understand how important and how wonderful technology is and how it will allow seniors to be closer to younger generations.

This lecture, sponsored by the Stowe Free Library, is free of charge, and is made possible by a grant from the Copley Fund.

February 14
TRUTH, PROPAGANDA AND THE MEDIA IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
David Goodman is a journalist for national publications and the author of ten bestselling books. He will discuss the state of journalism under President Trump and current assaults on freedom of the press. He will also present a short history of official propaganda. Who do we believe, CNN? Fox News? Politico? How do we know who to trust and what to believe?

February 21
MARTIN LUTHER AND RELIGION IN AMERICA
Randall Balmer, an Episcopal priest, is the John Phillips Professor in Religion and director of the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College. He is the author of more than a dozen books. Martin Luther’s challenge to the authority of the Roman Catholic Church 500 years ago ushered in the modern age and its suspicions of authority and institutions. Nowhere has this played out more completely than in North America. This lecture summarizes the effects of the Protestant Reformation, especially on the religious landscape of North America.

February 28
HOW VERMONT’S EB-5 PROGRAM ALLOWED THE FRAUD AT JAY PEAK
Anne Galloway, Founder and Editor of VTDigger, will talk about VTDigger’s ongoing reporting on the $200 million fraud at Jay Peak and the role of state officials in promoting the ski area to EB-5 investors even after questions were raised about allegations of fraud at the resort.

March 7
BREAD AND PUPPET OVERVIEW WITH “FIDDLE LECTURE” (LECTURE ACCOMPANIED BY FIDDLE)
Elka Schumann, Bread and Puppet Museum and Press Manager, will give a brief history of the Bread and Puppet Theater: Shows, pageants, parades and demonstrations. Peter Schumann, Bread-Baker and Bread and Puppet Theater Director, will present a “Fiddle Lecture”: “Post-Apocalyptic for 3⁄4 Empire” based upon Albrecht Dürer’s furious wood-cut series Apocalypse.

 

Membership Information

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.

Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all sessions of the series. Membership dues for the session series are $30.00 or $5.00 for a single session.

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

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Make checks payable to The University of Vermont.

For more information call 802-888-2190 or contact a steering committee member:

  • Millie Marron, – Chair
  • Kay Stephenson & Ruth Hamilton – Co-Chairs
  • Nancy Tingle – Treasurer
  • Lynn Baumrind
  • Dick Johannesen
  • Dan Noyes
  • Bill Robinson
  • Ann Spearing
  • Pat Von Trapp
  • Duncan Tingle

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

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