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Rutland Lecture Series

Winter 2018

The Rutland Area Osher Lifelong Learning Institute exists to promote continuing education for area residents aged fifty and over. Started in 2003 as an affiliate of the University of Vermont with a startup grant from the Osher Foundation, we are an all–volunteer, nonprofit organization.

We are grateful to the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department and to the volunteers who make this program possible.

Time and Place
Each of the twelve presentations in this Winter 2017 term will be from 1:30 to 3:00 PM on a Friday afternoon at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer Street (off Woodstock Avenue) in Rutland. For directions to the Godnick Center or for program information, call 446-2041 or 492-2300.

What If It Snows?
In the event of a severe winter storm or storm warning, we will follow the lead of the Rutland High School.  If RHS closes for the day (not simply a delayed opening), we will cancel our program for that day.  RHS closings are announced on local radio and TV and www.vpr.net/community/schoolclosings/.




NOTE: Canceled due to weather
January 5 

Neutoplasticity : Protecting the Aging Brain
Dr. Robert Hamill, M.D, FAAN, FANA, Professor of Neurological Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Vermont, will talk about neuroplasticity, the ability of the nervous system to change and modify as needed. This presentation will cover key concepts of neuroplasticity and present examples of the brains ability to change and adapt.

He will review current knowledge of the aging brain and how lifestyle influences the ability of the brain to age healthy.

January 12
Genomic Medicine
Genomic medicine is an emerging medical discipline that involves using genomic information about an individual as part of his/her clinical care and the health outcomes and policy implications of that clinical use. In the near future, genomic testing for diagnosis and therapy may be commonplace. Learn its potential from researcher and teacher, Dr. Debra Leonard MD, PhD, Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Vermont Medical Center.

January 19
Sleep, Wonderful Sleep
Do you wake up refreshed, ready to face the day, or do you wake up thinking “How can it possibly be morning already?” There are secrets to success when trying to achieve a good night’s sleep and many things we can avoid just before bedtime to also achieve a good night’s sleep. Deb Brown, Supervisor, Center for Sleep, and Kimberly Dyer, Clinical Sleep Educator, will share their secrets.

January 26
Opiate Hazards
Substance addictions including alcohol, opiate, cocaine, marijuana, benzodiazepine and others are becoming serious problems in all groups of people. Jeremy Ashton, MS LADC, who is associated with Evergreen Abuse Services in Rutland, will talk about several types of treatment groups and intake assessments. Twelve-step facilitation, cognitive behavioral therapy and mental health treatment are allaids this effort.


February 2
Landscape Change and the Coming of the Interstate Highway System
Paul Bierman, UVM Professor of Geology and Natural Resources, will examine the period from the late 1950s to the early 1970s when the Interstate Highway System came to Vermont.  He will use many images from the UVM’s Landscape Change Program archive to illustrate the changes that this construction, including area feeder roads, brought to Vermont’s landscape.

February 9
Vermonters, Landscape, and the Idea of Home
Jill Mudgett is a historian who writes about cultural and environmental issues in Vermont.  Her slideshow program today will use historical illustrations and examples of the changing ways that Vermonters have understood themselves, their landscape, and the relationship between humans and nature throughout the history of Vermont.

February 16
Freaks, Radicals, and Hippies: Counterculture in 1970s Vermont
Vermont changed dramatically during the 1970s.  Many of the features that are today considered quintessentially Vermont – its politics, its local food movements, and its offbeat culture – have their origins in this period.  Amanda Gustin, Public Program Manager at the Vermont Historical Society, will discuss the results of the Society’s research project focused on this influential decade.

February 23
Red State to Blue State – The Story of Vermont’s Political Change
Over the last 50 years, Vermont transitioned from being the most Republican state to one having a Democratic majority.  Chris Graff, Vice President of Communication for the National Life Group, former host of VPT’s Vermont This Week, and author or “Dateline Vermont”, will discuss the story of Vermont’s changing political landscape.      


March 2
Claude Monet: Impressionism Master

Joan Hoffmann, a well-regarded landscape painter who resides in South Royalton, Vermont, will look at the many facets of this famous French artist. She will outline and demonstrate how he painted “en plain air” as he coined the term. Additionally, she will assess his status as one of the enduring great artists of the nineteenth century French art movement called “Impressionism.”

March 9
Rembrandt, Portraiture, and Identity in
17th Century Holland
Stephanie Glickman, a lecturer at UVM’s Department of Art History, will explore how his portraits and self-portraits defied conventions of his era. The appeal of the artist’s unusual style and images of both studio models and paying patrons sheds light on his enduring popularity. He had a long-term impact and influence on the genre of Western portraiture.

March 16
The Fleming Museum of Art

Christina Fearon, Curator of Education and Public Programs, will guide us through the world-class art and diverse visual culture that comprise the Robert Hull Fleming Museum at UVM. Founded in 193l in Burlington, this venue draws many visitors who explore its over 25,000 artifacts, permanent collections and visiting exhibits.

March 23
Andrew Wyeth’s World

Katie Wood Kirchhoff, PhD, is an Associate Curator at the Shelburne Museum. Her program will explore the 12 paintings by Andrew Wyeth selected for the United States Postal Service’s 2017 Forever Stamp series. The iconic scenes from New England locales –Maine and Pennsylvania–all have the coloration and style that made his work so distinctive.

Membership Information

Purchase of a $40 membership card entitles you to attend all twelve sessions during the Spring 2017 term.

Members also may attend (at no additional charge) Elder Education Enrichment programs in South Burlington;  Osher programs at any of seven other Vermont sites: Brattleboro, Central Vermont (Montpelier/Barre), Lamoille Valley (Stowe), Newport/Derby/Stanstead,Springfield, St. Albans, and St. Johnsbury; and (at a discounted price) the new Osher programs on the UVM campus.

Non-members may attend individual sessions for $5 at the door. Reservations are NOT required.

Memberships may be purchased at the door or by mail. Please arrive early so our program can start on time.

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure or click on this membership form. Mail your $40 check to (payable to “The University of Vermont”):

     UVM OLLI Registration Office

     460 South Prospect Street

     Burlington, VT 05401

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

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