Springfield Lecture Series

Spring 2018 (January – May)

Dr. Robert Hamill, center, continues discussing points with interested OLLI members after his engaging program “The Brain: How Does It Work Anyway?”

Dr. Robert Hamill, center, continues discussing points with interested OLLI members after his engaging program “The Brain: How Does It Work Anyway?”

Programs are held at 2 pm Tuesday afternoons at the Nolin Murray Center, next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 40 Pleasant Street, Springfield, Vermont 05156.

For weather related schedule changes, check the website. Under Statewide, choose courses and programs, then scroll to Springfield. Also check SAPA TV, 802-885-6248, Comcast Channels 8 & 10, and VTel Cable Channels 1160 & 1161.

WEAPONS OF FRAUD
January 30
Elliott Greenblott, Coordinator, AARP Vermont Fraud Watch

Every two seconds, someone in the United States falls victim to identity theft – by phone, in the mail, and on the internet. We are in a state of siege created by con artists and scammers. We will hear an overview of the leading scams and techniques of con artists and discuss steps to take to avoid victimization.

THE HISTORY OF SPICES CO-SPONSORED BY THE SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB
February 13
Hank Kaestner, Former Director of Spice Procurement for McCormick & Co.

During his travels as spice buyer for the world’s largest spice company, our speaker literally followed in the footsteps of the early explorers, Vasco Da Gama and Columbus. We’ll travel with him as he takes us back to the dawn of civilization, since spice buying is the world’s second oldest profession! Tracing the use of spices by the early Chinese, the Romans, and the Egyptians, we’ll follow the ‘Age of Exploration’ when the European powers discovered direct routes to the spice origins in India and southeast Asia.

GOLD MINES OF NEW ENGLAND CO-SPONSORED BY THE ASCUTNEY MOUNTAIN AUDUBON SOCIETY
February 27
Jim Pecora, Author & Mining Historian, Director of Mica Mine Schoolhouse Museum, Alstead, NH

New Hampshire and Vermont produce nearly 24 Carat Gold right out of the ground! This is the purest in the country. We will hear scams, myths, and facts about the most sought after metal in the earth. Gold truly is made from the Stars! Understand how this Stardust that the common man can successfully collect, or its pursuit, will drive you to a point of insanity called ‘Madness.’

MOZART: CHILD PRODIGY MAKES GOOD!
March 13
Erik Nielsen, Professional Composer

Most of us know the story of the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who astonished the crowned heads of Europe as he and his sister Nannerl played duets, improvised and created music on the spot from a prompt given them by their father or someone else. Once the young child grew out of prodigy status, however, he had to earn his living by his art. Realize that though the money was often inadequate, Mozart’s variety of creations demonstrated his genius. Experience samples of Mozart’s work to realize how remarkable (and wonderful!) it is. Prepare to be exhilarated and moved by the power of Mozart’s creativity.

THE CONSTRUCTION AND HISTORY OF THE CHESHIRE RAILROAD
March 27
Alan Rumrill, Director, Historical Society of Cheshire County, NH

The advent of the railroad changed the nature of life in southwest NH (and neighboring Vermont), making passenger travel faster and more comfortable, and fueling industrial growth in towns all along the rail line. The Cheshire Railroad ran from North Ashburnham, MA to Bellows Falls, VT, and operated for more than 130 years. Learn how this technological marvel of the 1840s impacted the people and economy of the Monadnock Region.

THE CORNISH COLONY
April 10
Henry Duffy, Curator, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

At the end of the nineteenth century the village of Cornish, NH flourished as the center for Classical arts in America. Brought here by the striking natural beauty of the Ascutney region, realize how the great sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens was the focal point of a gathering of artists, writers, musicians, political scientists, and even the President of the United States, that came to be known as “the American Athens.”

THE GRANITE CUTTERS’ STORY: A HISTORY OF VERMONT’S 200-YEAR-OLD GRANITE INDUSTRY
April 24
Scott McLaughlin, Director, Granite Museum, Barre, VT

Learn about the cultural and anthropological perspective of Vermont’s granite industry as a tale of hope and loss, and of the eager immigrants, chasing a dream, who shaped our nation’s cemeteries, parks and public architecture.

LIFE OF A FOOT SOLDIER DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
May 1
Damien Cregeau, Independent Historian

Hear what life was like for a soldier in America’s Revolutionary War from our speaker who will come dressed in a Revolutionary War military uniform and carry his “kit’ of equipment of the era. We’ll reflect on the daily life story of an ordinary soldier, told in a very personal way.

POLITICAL POLARIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES: CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES
May 8
Eric Davis, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Middlebury College

We’ll consider the causes of the political polarization that has increased in our country over the past 15 to 20 years to an all-time high. This has resulted in a dysfunctional political system oriented toward short-term solutions in the face of serious policy problems that require longer term action.


Membership Information

SEMESTER MEMBERSHIPS:

$45 for all 9 programs and admittance to the other Vermont Osher Institute Programs; Single program fee: $8

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure or this form and send with your payment to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Make checks payable to: The University of Vermont

Become a member today!

Membership in the Springfield 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 new OLLI on UVM campus programs. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.

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

THANKS TO OUR LOCAL BENEFACTOR: BARBARA SANDERSON


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