UVM Continuing and Distance Education St. Johnsbury Lecture Series - UVM Continuing and Distance Education

St. Johnsbury Lecture Series


Fall 2018

Thursdays at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Avenue
St. Johnsbury, VT

Inaugural Luncheon at 12:30

Sept. 20, 2018
Andrew Wyeth’s World
Katie Wood Kirchhoff, PhD, Assoc. Curator, Shelburne Museum

Join Shelburne Museum Curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff for an exploration of 12 paintings by Andrew Wyeth chosen 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 favorites like Wind from the Sea (1947), Christina’s World (1948), and Shelburne Museum’s Soaring (1942-1950).

September 20th… For all comers, a delightful luncheon prepared by the students of St. J Academy’s Culinary Arts Program, served at 12:30 at Catamount Arts. FREE to all Fall Season Members; all others, by donation.

September 27, 2018
Vermont Wild Edibles & Herbs Useful for Every Household
Flower Toomey, PhD, Owner, Mother Nature’s Mountain

Vermont is flourishing with an abundant amount of wild edible plants for nutrition, health and vitality. Learn some of Vermont’s wild, thriving foods and what our ancestors ate and foraged for.

October 4, 2018
Brantview: An Architectural and Social History
Allen Hodgdon, Architectural Historian

Brantview has long been a boys’ dormitory at St. Johnsbury Academy, but was the home of William Paddock and Rebecca Pyle Fairbanks. Their son, Col. Joseph Fairbanks, gifted Brantview to St. Johnsbury Academy in 1931. Mr. Hodgdon will tell us about Brantview’s contribution to the broader patterns of 19th century American Architecture.

October 11, 2018
Count Basie and the Trajectory of Swing
Phil Brown, Music Director, Swing North Big Band

A history of Big Band Swing as told through the life and music of William “Count” Basie.

October 18, 2018
The History of Spices
Hank Kaestner, Director, Spice Procurement, McCormick & Co. (Retired)

From the dawn of history, the spice trade has drawn man’s sense of exploration. Columbus, da Gama, Magellan were all looking for spice origins as they “discovered” the world. Mr. Kaestner has walked in the vey footsteps of those famous spice explorers, and he’ll share what he has learned.

October 25, 2018
Werewolves, Vampires & Zombies, or the Biomedical Origins of our Most Frightful Monsters
Bobby Farlice – Rubio, Science Educator, Fairbanks Museum & WCAX

Although there are no supernatural monsters in this lecture, we will explore the ways in which real parasites have taken over their hosts, and how they may have inspired monster myths! Have you ever wondered what happens to a person who contracts rabies? Could parasites be responsible for some people’s reckless and dangerous behavior? Could toxins and poisons in nature cause people to behave like monsters themselves? Come find out, if you dare! Mwa-hah-hah!

November 1, 2018
Snakes of Vermont
Kiley Briggs, Herpetologist

While not everyone is a fan of snakes, Vermont has more that 10 native species ranging from the Common Garter Snakes most people are familiar with to rarer species such as the Eastern Ribbon Snake and, yes, even Rattle Snakes. Join herpetologist Kiley Briggs to learn about all of Vermont’s snake species, their habits and habitats.

November 8, 2018
Accessible Trails in Vermont
Maggie Burke, Managing Director, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports

Vermont is known for its abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. Thanks to the hard work of a variety of non-profits, trail systems and outdoor providers, these opportunities are available to individuals with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Come learn about the opportunities that are available to Vermonters and visitors with disabilities.

Membership Information

Become a member today!

Membership dues entitle subscribers to attend all sessions and bring a guest to one of them.
Non-members may attend any single session for $6. Membership Dues are $30.00, mailed with the form or paid at the first session.

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

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

Make checks payable to The University of Vermont.

For more information contact: Sue Montague, 802-748-4262, or Catamount Arts, 802-748-2600 after 1pm

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.

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

Thanks to these generous sponsors:

Catamount Film & Arts
Northeastern VT Regional Hospital
St. Johnsbury Academy
Union Bank
Fairbanks Scales
The White Market

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