UVM Continuing and Distance Education Rutland Lecture Series - UVM Continuing and Distance Education

Rutland Lecture Series

Fall 2018

The Rutland Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) 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 lectures in this Fall 2018 term will be from 1:30 PM 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.

Change of Format
Starting this fall, Osher programs will be omitting our spring offerings. Thus, look forward to programs in Fall (Sept. Oct. Nov.) and Winter (Feb. Mar. and April).

We will continue to make every effort to provide quality programs and to be responsive to suggestions from our audience participants.



August 31
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 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.

September 7
Catching People’s Stories
Jane Beck, founder and former Executive Director of the Vermont Folk life Center, will demonstrate how recorded interviews allow people to tell their personal stories. The technique puts a focus on family history, experiences, values and attitudes and demonstrates how ordinary people often do extraordinary things.

September 14
2018 Midterm Elections: A Preview
Eric Davis is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Middlebury College. He will bring his wide-ranging views about the up-coming midterms to the audience based on his long-time observations of American politics. This lecture will seek to capture the many national currents and controversies that will impact the outcome of this critical election.

September 21
Granite Cutter’s Story
Dr. Scott McLaughlin is Executive Director of the Vermont Granite Museum, an important State resource for the study of this quintessential Vermont product. Centered in the Barre area, the granite industry has a long and varied history and this lecture will educate us on the people and techniques that have made Vermont Granite an international symbol for fine quality


September 28
Getting It Right: Essentials of Ethical Living
Philip Crossman, Coordinator of Academic Services atCCV in Rutland, will introduce Ethics with a discussion of the importance of philosophy in modern life here in Vermont.  For over 20 years, he has been teaching college and high school history, religion, and philosophy courses to instill in the next generation the value of reading ethical philosophers and living ethical lives.

October 5
The Unethical? Journalist
Yes, journalists do have different ethics than ‘regular’ folks…and that’s a good thing for our democracy! Journalism is a profession that requires conformity to a role-defined, role-differentiated set of behaviors, which may seem unethical to others. Journalism Professor Mark Timney at Keene State College will explore why this is so and how our society benefits.

October 12
Can-do vs. Should-do: Bioethics in Contemporary Perspective
Modern technologies are progressively advancing the number of options available to us when it comes to life-related choices. We have the power to know more, to prevent more, to extend life, or create it, etc. But should we? Phil Crossman of CCVreturns today for a discussion of what thinking needs to be done if we are to keep up with new capabilities.

October 19
Cheating, Lying, and Moral Mayhem: A Look into Today’s Social Conscience
Ethics has increasingly come to be viewed as a luxury trait – to succeed, it seems one must abandon the rules of past generations. Dr. Aine Donovan, Professor at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, will challenge that premise and offer compelling reasons for a return to strong ethical boundaries. She has published and spoken extensively in the field of Applied Ethics.

Experience the World and Places Close to Home Without Leaving Your Chair

October 26
Growing Up and Living for 40 Years Behind the Iron Curtain
Jurgen Ewert presents a very personal account detailing an extraordinary life living behind the Iron Curtain. From his early years in school as a “Young Pioneer”, to his participation in the “Free German Youth Movement” that was encouraged by a teacher, the omnipresent party life influenced my life, my family, my co-workers and friends. New friends, visiting an Aunt in West Germany and a visit to a cousin in the United States changed his life completely.

November 2
A History of the Presidential Retreat Known as Camp David
Don Keelen will tell how President Roosevelt, in need of a home away from the White House and Washington during the early years of WWII, decided to take over a former government children’s camp and turn it into a Presidential Retreat that is still used today. Mr. Keelen has a treasure trove of material on the camp’s prior history, design, construction and use and has also spent time there as a member of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Marine Security Guard.

November 9
The OLLI Trip to Italy
In late April of 2017, John Newton joined 21 other OSHER members who signed up for a group tour of the Tuscany Region of Italy. With John’s photos and contributions from several other fellow travelers, he will present a slide show of the eleven-day trip to the arts and culture capital of the Italy.

Walking the Camino de Santiago
Yearly, hundreds of thousands of people of various backgrounds walk the Camino de Santiago either on their own or in organized groups. Known in English as the Way of Saint James, it is a 500-mile journey that leads to the Shrine of the Apostle St. James. Many follow the path as a spiritual experience while others as hiking or biking enthusiasts. Tina and Willis Woods will share their reasons and their experience on this trip of a lifetime.

Membership Information

Purchase of a $40 membership entitles you to attend all twelve sessions during the Fall 2018 term.

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

Non-members may attend any lecture for $5 at the door. Memberships may be purchased at the door or by completing this membership form  and mailing it with a $40 check (made out to UVM) to:

     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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