UVM Continuing and Distance Education Newport/Derby/Stanstead - UVM Continuing and Distance Education


Spring 2018

Lectures are scheduled for Wednesdays beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m. Lectures will be in the Conference Room at the Hebard State Office Building 2nd Floor, 100 Main Street in Newport, VT. Site is handicap accessible with ample parking.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Trump’s Foreign Policy: An Interim Assessment

James K. Oliver, Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware

After a chaotic year in office, the foreign policy framework and objectives of the Trump Administration are now discernible. Trump would “Make America Great Again” by destroying the “deep” and/or “administrative state” that has, in his view, dominated Washington since the New Deal and the end of World War II. In foreign policy and international relations, this entails the deconstruction of the “world order” framework embodied in the United Nations and other international institutions, NATO, international trade liberalisation, and foreign aid. “America First” not “interdependence” is to be the new order. This lecture will offer an interim assessment of the elements and prospects for Trump’s world.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Andrew Wyeth’s World

Katie Wood-Kirchhoff, Associate Curator, Shelburne Art Museum

Join Shelburne Museum curator Katie Wood-Kirchhoff for an exploration of twelve paintings by Andrew Wyeth, selected for the United States Postal Service’s 2017 Forever Stamp series. Selected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the painter’s birth, these iconic scenes from Pennsylvania and Maine include favourites like Wind from the Sea (1947), Christina’s World (1948) and Shelburne Museum’s Soaring (1942-50).

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Orphan Train Riders to Vermont: A history of the phenomenon and of the two cars of children brought to Vermont

Dr. Daniel J. Bean, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biology

This lecture examines where, when and why trains were used to transport children (up to age 16) from New York City to all parts of the country. It will conclude with a description of two groups of children who arrived in Enosburg Falls and East Fairfield. The speaker is always on the look-out for information on other riders and their descendants, especially in other parts of Vermont.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

George Washington Henderson – From illiterate slave to distinguished educator

Robert M. Hunt – Curator, Old Stone Museum, Brownington, Vermont

An account of the life of George Washington Henderson, a former slave who was brought to Vermont in his early teens at the end of the Civil War. He went from an illiterate boy to first in his class and Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Vermont. He was a popular teacher and headmaster at Craftsbury Academy and in Newport, Vermont. He also earned a Divinity degree at Yale and studied in Berlin, Germany.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Archeology of the Lake Memphremagog area: Paleo-Indian to the present Abenakis

Paul C. Carignan

An archeological review of sites and artefacts that reflect the Paleo-Indian, Archaic and Woodland Periods of northern Vermont and southern Quebec. Lake Memphrémagog is the central area in this Power Point Review.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Ancient Astronauts, Lost Civilizations, and the Pyramids: Fake Archaeology in a Post Factual World

Robert Chadwick, Department of Religion, Bishop’s University

Junk archaeology titles are easy to find in bookstores, and the Internet abounds with sites that claim to solve the mysteries of the past with the help of spiritual forces or now-lost technologies known only to the ancients. According to the purveyors of Archaeo-Fakes, area 51 (Nevada) is one of many Alien Landing Sites that still holds its secrets about visitors from other galaxies — secrets “the government” is hiding from its truth-seeking citizens. Make-believe documentaries hosted by actors dressed-up to look like Indiana Jones offer explanations of the past that they claim have escaped misguided (or dumb), professional archaeologists. With all the information available how does the interested lay-person know what’s factual and what is not? This presentation will offer some suggestions on how to separate the fake facts from the real ones.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Good Fences make Good Neighbours: The False 45th Parallel and our International Border

Jeffrey Packard – Retired Geoscientist

The Quebec-Vermont border is a strangely arbitrary affair. It cuts across the very grain of our countryside in the Eastern Townships and the Northeast Kingdom, perversely defying a landscape far more predisposed to follow its geological foundation, now expressed by lakes, rivers and mountain ranges, all of which dutifully trend north-south. Its placement in men’s minds dates back to the Plymouth Company Charter of 1606, but it was not until 1766, following the closure of the French and Indian War and the creation of the new British colonial province of Québec, that an attempt was made to mark the imaginary line on the ground. To a large extent the survey of the purported 45th line of north latitude was born out of avarice, and was the subject of much dispute until the signing of the Treaty of Washington in 1842. This well-illustrated presentation traces the history of our international border in the local area and the cast of British, Canadian, American, German, Swiss and Dutch characters who placed it, surveyed it, renounced it, fought over it, arbitrated on it, re-surveyed it and finally acquiesced/compromised about it.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Persia Resurgent: The Islamist Triumph in Iran

Daniel Miller, Ph.D., Chair, Religion Department, Bishop’s University

In 1979, the Shah of Iran was toppled in a revolution that brought the world’s first Islamist government to power, under the hardline leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Under Khomeini’s successor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran has asserted itself as the leader of Shiism, engaging in an increasingly bitter struggle for political influence in the Middle East with the Sunni bloc of states led by Saudi Arabia. This presentation will outline the factors that resulted in the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, trace its trajectory up to the present day, and examine the current political state of affairs, in which the Trump administration has definitively aligned the United States with the Saudis in the centuries-long conflict between Sunni and Shiite Islam.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018


Michael Atkinson – an Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Transformation is among life’s deepest mysteries. Those moments when the ordinary becomes the marvellous are told in fairy tales and and scriptures, popular musicals and great dramas, sculpture and painting, poetry and song. In our lives, moments of personal transformation, often hidden, help make us who we are. Join us as we explore the roles and deeper meanings of these profound changes.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Slow Birding

Bridget Butler – Educator and “Bird Diva”

For some, birding is an adventure to seek out and document as many bird species as possible. We chase, we check-off our lists, and we move on to to the next exciting sighting. The Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, will introduce another birding approach that will help us slow down and develop a deeper connection to birds. Starting with the usual suspects in your backyard, Bridget will share how to read bird body language, how to listen beyond just birdsong, and how to discover your own sit-spot to achieve a more intimate look at the natural world.

Membership Information

Membership dues will support the development of the Institute’s future programs, which are shaped by the interests of our members. Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all 10 sessions in Newport as well as at the seven other Osher sites in Vermont during the Spring 2016 semester. Your active membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the new OLLI program on the UVM campus. For membership, complete the form on the site brochure and send with your check for $40 USD (individual) or $70 USD (couple). Any two people who sign up for the semester as a team are considered a couple. Non-members may attend individual sessions for $5 per session.

Due to the current exchange rate we cannot accept Canadian currency.

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure or click on this membership form. Mail your payment to (payable to “The University of Vermont”):

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

CONTACT MEMBERS (for information on the Osher Institute or the upcoming semesters lectures.)

John Logan 819-876-5026
Ann Montgomery 819-876-7837
Marvelene & Keith Richards 802-334-1254
Christine Gautier 819-843-4292
Annemarie Schadinger 802-334-0544
Dorothy Willard 802-754-2366
Suzi Dix 819-838-5131
Page Fairchild 802-843-6335

Become a member today!

Membership in the Newport Osher Lifelong Learning Institute entitles members to attend programs in other Osher Institutes established in seven other locations 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 on UVM campus programs. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.

Special thank you to our community contributors:

  • Community National Bank
  • CCV – Newport
  • Goodrich Memorial Library
  • Newport Natural Market & Cafe
  • NEK-TV
  • Vista

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

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