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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Welcome to OLLI at UVM!

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at UVM is a community of adult learners who enjoy year-round courses and events that are diverse, interesting, fun, and affordable. Becoming a member of OLLI at UVM gives you a significant discount on courses, access to members-only seminars with engaging speakers, and exclusive benefits. OLLI at UVM is a self-sustaining organization supported by membership and course fees and a volunteer advisory board.

OLLI at UVM joins 119 colleges and universities in the United States that provide life-long learning opportunities to 50+ adults. In 2002, UVM received an endowment from the Osher Foundation establishing eight state-wide Vermont OLLI’s. Additional funding received in 2010 supported the start of our campus-based OLLI at UVM.

 

“Learning what you want to know, from an engaging instructor, just for the joy of learning:
what could be better than that?”

 

Current OLLI Course Listing

OLLI at UVM Members enjoy a minimum discount of 30% on all courses, which is reflected in the Member prices.

Should you have any questions, or need reasonable accommodations please contact Customer Relations at 1-800-639-3210 or uvmolli@uvm.edu. We would be happy to assist you. Most courses are held at a convenient location on the UVM Campus with parking nearby.

Please note: Credit or refunds for any cancellations made less than 21 days prior to the start date of field trips involving Premiere Coach Bus transportation (trips to Montreal, Quebec, St. Johnsbury, etc.) will not be issued.

OLLI at UVM Course Terms and Conditions
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Fall Courses

OLLI Fall Brochure (printable pdf)

Beginning Yoga I Session 1

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, August 28-September 18
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 Gymnasium
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for brand new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose (but fitted) clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Whoo Is That: Bird Sexing & Owl Prowl

Meeting Dates/Times: Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 5:30-7 pm and Saturday, September 14, 7-8 pm (Raindate: September 15, 7-8 pm)
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Cohen Hall 102
Member: $50 Non-Member: $75

Discuss the wide range of factors that determine sexual differences in Vermont’s beautiful birds. In the second class, we will visit with some of the most wonderful and mysterious birds in Vermont, the birds of the night and almost-night. Then we’ll take a field trip, on a nighttime “owl prowl”.

 

Reading Workshop: One World Short Stories

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 4-25
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Jeffords Hall 127
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90

Pulling from the One World and One World Two global short story anthologies, we will read two or three stories each week from authors around the world who have had the experience of living in two or more countries. Exploring themes of identity, communication, morality, and code-switching, we will look to broaden our perspectives while reflecting on the function of storytelling in the space between cultures, both in recording the lived experience of individuals and in building bridges between cultures.

Materials

  • Week 1: Identity: Self vs. Other
  • Week 2: Communication: Words vs. Codes
  • Week 3: Morality: Purity vs. Fairness
  • Week 4: Code-switching: Guilt vs. Shame

 

The Wisdom and Beauty of Plato’s Republic FULL

Meeting Dates: Mondays, September 9-30
Meeting Time: 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Instructor: John Hanagan
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90

Explore the wisdom which has engaged thoughtful people for so many centuries. Discuss Socratic dialogue concerning justice in the context of examining the character of the good person and the order of a just polity. Plato’s main concern is with how one might live a wise, virtuous, and happy life.

Plato wrote his blockbuster bestseller 2399 years ago in 380 BCE. It has been found on thoughtful bookshelves for over two millennia, and today it is the text most often required in American Universities (after Strunk’s The Elements of Style). What is it about this book that has fascinated the imaginations and intellects of countless women and men over the ages?

Surprisingly, only about a third of The Republic is explicitly devoted to a consideration of political systems. The dialogue begins and ends with questions about old age and death. Plato’s main concern is with how one might live a wise, virtuous, and happy life. His vision of virtue (arete) is quite different from the modern idea of inhibiting bad actions. He has a lot to say about bringing up children and formal education, while the central discussion, framed by his famous Allegory of the Cave, is on the nature and value of Wisdom, and the tragic consequences of its lack in society and in our personal lives.

  • Week 1: The questions: Old age and death; the nature of inquiry; what is goodness and happiness?
  • Week 2: The nature of virtue in individuals and in the five forms of society.
  • Week 3: The Allegory of the Cave: Educations and Wisdom. The Philosopher King.
  • Week 4: The role of character in living a good life and dying a good death. A myth of the afterlife.

 

Beginner Ukulele-Level 1

Meeting Dates: Mondays, September 9-30
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Clare Innes
Location: Old Mill Annex A303
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

Ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument? Ukuleles are a great way to explore that desire. They are easy to learn and can provide a lifetime of discovery. Take a light-hearted journey as we learn essential chords and strums. Explore the mechanics of playing, dabble in a touch of music theory, and gain confidence in playing with others. Discuss what you need to know to continue exploring beyond what we cover in class.

Materials: A playable ukulele, a tuner (clip-on electronic tuners are recommended and available online, local musical instrument stores, or for purchase at class; free tuners on smartphones work acceptably can be more difficult for beginners), a music stand is helpful but not required.

  • Week 1: We will learn an easy tune with 4 chords that flow into each other. Using this song, we’ll learn about the mechanics of playing: holding the uke, strumming, getting your fingers to make the chord shapes, and singing.
  • Week 2: We will build on what we learned, answering questions that arose during the week, and introduce more songs that use the same chords to reinforce what we learned in week 1. We’ll introduce 2 more chords.
  • Week 3: We will learn 2 more chords and apply them and previous lessons to one or two new tunes that emphasize new strumming patterns. We’ll also touch upon fingerpicking and other fun things ways to play the ukulele.
  • Week 4: We will learn essentials for becoming comfortable playing with others in jams and gatherings, and learn how to read chords from guitars and other ukes. We’ll celebrate what we’ve learned with a fun play/sing-along.

 

Pine Street Walking Tour with Preservation Burlington

Meeting Date: Thursday, September 12
Meeting Time: 10 am – noon
Instructor: Britta Tonn
Location: Meet in front of Brio Coffeeworks in the Soda Plant (266 Pine Street)
Member: $20 Non-Member: $30

Join local and architectural historian Britta Tonn of Preservation Burlington for a walking tour of Burlington’s former gritty, industrial neighborhood. Learn how it continues to embody the spirit of creative, entrepreneurial culture. Using historic maps and photographs for comparison, the tour will explore how the neighborhood has evolved over the past century. The tour includes approximately one mile of walking with several opportunities to sit throughout the tour.

 

Bringing the World of Chocolate to Vermont FULL

Meeting Date: Thursday, September 12
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Kevin Toohey
Location: Nu Chocolat, 180 Battery Street, Suite 110, Burlington
Member: $10 Non-Member: $25

Spend an evening at one of Burlington’s finest boutique chocolatiers, NU Chocolat, and be guided into the mysterious world of chocolate. The 1 1/2 hour long session will include an introduction to the world of chocolate, a tour of the chocolate lab and curated tasting of chocolates from round the world.

Swiss trained chef and owner, Kevin Toohey will be your guide; sharing his decades of experience, training and travels with you as you deepen your understanding of one of the planets most complex foods: Cacao…The Food of The Gods.

 

Intervale Center Tour

Meeting Date: Tuesday, September 17
Meeting Time: 10-11 am
Instructor: Carolyn Zeller
Location: Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

For 30 years, the Intervale Center has led a community food revolution that sustains farms, land and people. We have pioneered farm and food innovations like Community Supported Agriculture, commercial composting, riparian restoration, farm business incubation, gleaning and food hub development. Learn about the Intervale’s rich agricultural history and innovative programs and visit the Intervale Conservation Nursery greenhouses, the Intervale Food Hub barn, and the Intervale farmer complex. This tour will provide a general overview of our programs, and consists of a 1/4 mile walk around the Intervale at a comfortable pace. This tour will be held rain or shine, and in case of rain the tour will begin with a video presentation in the Intervale Center’s beautifully restored Dairy Barn’s Hayloft, which is up a flight of stairs. Please bring a water bottle, comfortable footwear, and dress for the weather.

 

Current Debates in Public Health and Health Policy

Meeting Date: Tuesday, September 17
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Jan Carney
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $35

Are e-cigarettes harmful or an aid to quit smoking? Can sitting too much really kill us? Why is health care so controversial? Dr. Jan Carney, Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine, will explore how controversy can be both a helpful tool to raise public awareness and a hindrance for progress in health policy.

 

Burlington Edible History Tour

Meeting Date: Thursday, September 19
Meeting Time: 1-4:15 pm
Instructor: Elise Guyette and Gail Rosenberg
Location: Meet behind ECHO building, 1 College Street, Burlington, facing the waterfront
Member: $60 Non-Member: $75

Join us for a one and a half mile, five-restaurant tasting and walking tour, and discover the history of Burlington’s early immigrant groups and their food traditions, when farm-to-table was a way of life. A section of the walk is uphill, which may offer a challenge to some.

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Wildlife Tracking

Meeting Date: Thursday, September 19
Meeting Time: 5-7 pm
Instructor: Alison Thomas
Location: Aiken 110
Member: $20 Non-Member: $30

Ali Thomas, education manager for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, will be leading the presentation and walk. An experienced naturalist and tracker who has worked on conservation education projects throughout the country, Thomas studied under renowned wildlife tracker James Halfpenny. She currently manages the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s popular summer youth conservation camp program, and trains teachers and other educators on how to engage students with the natural world.

According to Thomas, tracking wildlife is a great way to connect with nature and the outdoors and getting started requires no experience or equipment.

“No special skills are necessary for participants,” said Thomas. “You need only the curiosity to witness stories wildlife leave behind in the snow. From the tracks of a fox catching a ruffed grouse in the snow to a mouse scurrying along, whipping its tail behind, winter in Vermont is a great time to discover signs of wildlife.”

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Fused Glass Plates, Bowls and Vases FULL

Meeting Date: Sunday, September 22
Meeting Time: 3:30-5:30 pm
Instructor: Alyssa Oxley
Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Road, South Burlington
Member: $65 Non-Member: $95

Learn to work with colored glass to create a unique, handmade keepsake or gift. Cut and arrange glass that will be fired in a kiln. No previous experience necessary. All materials provided. You will be able to pick up your finished project in about one week.

 

The Role and Work of an End-of-Life Doula

Meeting Date: Wednesday, September 25
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Francesca Arnoldy
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $35

Discover what an end-of-life doula offers with Francesca Arnoldy, Program Director of the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine’s End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Program. Explore doula approaches to care and learn how to infuse doula essentials into life, death, and grief. Together, we will cover ways of “being” with others in times of need and ways of doing the work. Our framework will be the “Tenets of Doula Care” as described in “Cultivating the Doula Heart: Essentials of Compassionate Care.”

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Dobra Tea Tasting: Black Teas Around the World

Meeting Date: Saturday, September 28
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Nina Beck and Stacy Jolles
Location: Dobra Tea, 80 Church St., Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $40

Black tea has many different nuanced flavors, depending on the geographical location, local climate, soil and water constitution, acidity and mineral content. In this class, explore the methods of growing, processing, and brewing of black tea from a variety of countries. These will include several different growing regions in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Myanmar, Korea and China. Taste teas traditionally served with milk (non dairy will be available) and sweetener, along with those best tasted “black”. This should be an eye opening experience for many people to better understand the depth and complexity of traditional black teas. Includes snack that pairs well with black tea.

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Abbaye de Saint Benoît-du-Lac FULL

Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 2
Meeting Time: 8 am – 5 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: TBD
Member: $95 Non-Member: $130

Travel to the Eastern Townships of Quebec to visit the Benedictine monastery Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac on the shore of Lake Memphremagog. You will have the opportunity to attend mass (optional) celebrated with Gregorian chants, admire the architecture, tour the historic abbey and learn about the monastic life, enjoy a lunch featuring local products, and shop in the boutique where you can purchase cheese and apple cider made by the monks. Premium Coach bus transportation, tour, and lunch all included.

 

Writing Workshop: Four Poems

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 2-23
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Jeffords Hall 127
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90

Each week participants will read and discuss a rich selection of poems on one of four themes: identity, observation, witness, and elegy, and will write a poem in response. Participants are encouraged to share their poems in class and can choose whether to request feedback. Feedback will be constructive, shared in the form of “starred moments” and “what ifs”, and will use the constellation of other poetry (varied in voice, style, form) as a sounding board, with the goal of clarifying the writer’s vision and offering possibilities for further development. Formal “scaffolding” suggestions will also be provided each week. All levels welcome.

  • Week 1: Poem of identity: creating a space for the poet to speak from
  • Week 2: Poem of observation: recording live a moment in nature or in the social world
  • Week 3: Poem of witness: capturing an era, a place and time
  • Week 4: Poem of elegy: honoring the memory of someone or something lost

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Beginning Tin Whistle

Meeting Dates: Thursdays, October 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Mary Ann Samuels
Location: Old Mill Annex A202
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90

Beginners will explore the basics of playing the “D” tin whistle by learning tunes, taught by ear, from Ireland and or Scotland. Sheet music will be available afterwards for those who read music.

Materials: tin whistle – will have available for purchase at first class

  • Week 1: Introduction to the instrument, playing and practicing the notes, learning a tune
  • Week 2: Review of notes, introduction to different traditional dance tunes, presentation of one or two tunes
  • Week 3: Review of notes and tunes learned, presentation of new tunes
  • Week 4: Review of tunes learned, presentation of new tune, performance of tunes learned

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Beginning Yoga I Session 2

Meeting Dates: Mondays, October 7-21
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 Gymnasium
Member: $30 Non-Member: $45

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for brand new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose (but fitted) clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

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Mindfulness: Integrating Practice Into Daily Life

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, October 8-29
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: John Sojun Godfrey
Location: Cohen Hall 102
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

Join former Zen Monk, John Sojun Godfrey, to learn practical mindfulness techniques you can incorporate into daily life. Explore ways to enhance focus, attention, and awareness to your interactions with yourself, others, and the world around you. Everyone would like to be more mindful. The research is clear about the benefits of even a few minutes of mindful breathing everyday. But, when we practice mindfulness as just one more thing we need to do, it can actually create more stress in our lives.

Mindfulness can be challenging to practice on our own, especially with a busy schedule, and to boot, many people feel they are uniquely incapable of being mindful. Bring a cushion or blanket, anything you need to feel comfortable sitting in a chair or on the floor.

Materials: Please bring anything you need to feel comfortable sitting for up to 30 min. in a chair or on the floor, cushions, blankets, etc.

  • Week 1: Introduction to the Domains of Mindful Practice
  • Week 2: Focusing on the Senses
  • Week 3: Focusing on the Body
  • Week 4: Interpersonal Meditations

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Beginning Yoga II Session 2

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 9-23
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 Gymnasium
Member: $30 Non-Member: $45

Beginning Yoga II serves as a continuation of the Beginning Yoga I class. It is specifically designed for students over age 50 who have practiced yoga and are familiar with the basic postures. Taught in a supportive and light-hearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practice (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Every class includes elements of strength, balance and flexibility for the body and mind. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat. Completion of Beginning Yoga I course required.

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Counter Culture: Fermented Foods 101 FULL

Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 9
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Julia Irish
Location: The Soda Plant, Pitchform Farm & Pickles, 266 Pine Street, Suite 121, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $40

Fermented foods are a great way to add flavor to your meals and transform and preserve seasonal vegetables. Come discover how easy it is to do at home and learn some of the basic background, tips, and tricks of fermenting your own foods. Participants will make a jar of sauerkraut or similar ferment and take it home to enjoy.

 

A History Tour of Burlington

Meeting Date: Saturday, October 12
Meeting Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Gary DeCarolis
Location: Ethan Allen Park, 1006 North Avenue, Burlington
Member: $65 Non-Member: $90

Explore Burlington’s amazing historical past from pre-European settlement when Algonquin and Iroquois Nations ruled the area to the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Transportation by van provided for tour includes the opportunity to get out of van for each of the four, historical lecturettes at the allotted locations.

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An Apple a Day: A Taste of Autumn’s Sweet Bounty FULL

Meeting Date: Saturday, October 12
Meeting Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Essex Resort & Spa J.K. Adams Kitchen, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction
Member: $65 Non-Member: $95

Celebrate Vermont’s fabulous apple harvest in this hands-on cooking class! Taste a selection of different apple varieties and discuss which ones are best for specific types of recipes. Prepare a savory chicken sauté with apples and learn to make crêpes with apple compote. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. We suggest that you bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided. Transportation to The Essex Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa is on your own.

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Why Educate Prisoners? And Why Liberal Arts?

Meeting Date: Thursday, October 17
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Kathy Fox
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: FREE Non-Member: $35

Discuss why education is fundamental to prison rehabilitation, with an emphasis on the barriers that formerly incarcerated individuals face. Learn about the existing research on the power of college in prison, and UVM’s newly formed Liberal Arts in Prison Program.

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Beginner Ukulele-Level 2

Meeting Dates: Mondays, October 21- November 18 (no class Nov. 11)
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Clare Innes
Location: Old Mill Annex A303 &304
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

Do you have a little ukulele know-how at your fingertips? Want to take your abilities to the next level? Geared for adults who are comfortable switching among basic chords and keeping a steady strum, learn more strums and chords, gain skills for tackling unfamiliar songs with increased confidence, and become even more comfortable playing with others.

If you have taken the beginner uke class, this is the perfect next step. This class is designed for ukuleles in the common high-G (“re-entrant”) tuning. Ukes in other tunings (including low-G and baritone ukes ) are welcome but ability to translate chords and tablature for yourself is needed. Being comfortable with these chords is not required but will help tremendously: G, G7, C, C7, D, D7, D minor, F, E7, A, A7, A minor, B). Limited to musicians 18 and older. No class November 11.

Materials: Bring a ukulele and a clip-on electronic tuner, or rent one for $25 for the four-week class (if you love it, your rental fee will count towards purchase) – free tuners on smartphones work acceptably but can be more difficult for beginners. A music stand is helpful but not required

  • Week 1: We will learn an easy tune with 4 chords that flow into each other. Using this song, we’ll learn about the mechanics of playing: holding the uke, strumming, getting your fingers to make the chord shapes, and singing.
  • Week 2: We will build on what we learned, answering questions that arose during the week, and introduce more songs that use the same chords to reinforce what we learned in week 1. We’ll introduce 2 more chords.
  • Week 3: We will learn 2 more chords and apply them and previous lessons to one or two new tunes that emphasize new strumming patterns. We’ll also touch upon fingerpicking and other fun things ways to play the ukulele.
  • Week 4: We will learn essentials for becoming comfortable playing with others in jams and gatherings, and learn how to read chords from guitars and other ukes. We’ll celebrate what we’ve learned with a fun play/sing-along.

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Introducing Islam in a Time of Islamophobia

Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 23
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $35

Learn key concepts, rituals, and global and regional differences within Islam, the world’s second largest religious tradition. Examine about the effect of increasing Islamophobia in the US.

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Cooking for One (or Two) FULL

Meeting Date: Saturday, October 26
Meeting Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Essex Resort & Spa J.K. Adams Kitchen, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction
Member: $65 Non-Member: $95

As the size of your household shrinks, it is easy to lose your motivation for cooking. Learn simple, nutritious, and delicious recipes for one or two people that are easy on clean-up. You will master techniques, such as cooking en papillote (cooking in a parchment paper packet) and making a complete dinner on a sheet pan. Rediscover the joy of cooking! Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. We suggest that you bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided. Transportation to The Essex Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa is on your own.

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 3

Meeting Dates: Mondays, October 28-November 18
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Ira Allen Chapel
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for brand new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose (but fitted) clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

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Yoga Special: Members can sign up for both Monday (Yoga I) and Wednesday (Yoga II) classes in Session 3 – Eight classes for only $60

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Saffron: Vermont’s New Gold Rush

Meeting Date: Monday, October 28
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $35

Discuss how UVM scientists at the North American Center for Saffron are learning how to create a specialty saffron, the most expensive spice in the world. Crop diversification is key to the economic stability of small family farms.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, over 90% of the farms in New England are small family farms. To be economically sustainable, these farms need to diversify their crop production. To address this issue, UVM scientists conducted pilot trials to assess saffron as a high-value Vermont specialty crop. Saffron comes from the flower stigma and is the most expensive spice in the world, selling for $5,000/lb. retail. It is used as a food flavoring and coloring agent, but also is reported to have many beneficial medicinal properties. Results showed that saffron can be grown in Vermont high tunnels and fields, yielding harvests 2-3 times greater than those from other regions (Iran, Spain, etc.).

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Beginning Yoga II Session 3

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 30-November 20
Meeting Time: 5:15-6:15 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 Gymnasium
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for brand new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose (but fitted) clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

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Yoga Special: Members can sign up for both Monday (Yoga I) and Wednesday (Yoga II) classes in Session 3 – Eight classes for only $60

REGISTER FOR YOGA SPECIAL

 

Fleming Museum Tour: Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul Photography Exhibition

Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 30
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Alice Boone
Location: 61 Colchester Avenue, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Enjoy a private tour of the Fleming Museum’s special exhibition of contemporary photography, Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul. The exhibition was originally organized by Light Work, a non-profit organization based in Syracuse, New York, and was guest-curated by the For Freedoms Foundation, a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the United States, co-founded in 2016 by former Light Work artists-in-residence Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas.

Borrowing its title from the Charles Biasiny-Rivera piece of the same name, Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul features photographs from the Light Work collection that explore topics of politics, social justice, identity, and visibility. Featured artists include: John Edmonds, Amy Elkins, Claire Beckett, Carrie May Weems, and co-founders Gottesman and Thomas.

The forty-eight featured artists use the medium of photography to express the inherent humanity of themselves and their subjects; to subtly comment on the social, economic, and historical forces that oppress us all, but especially women, queer people, and people of color; and above all to create images that are by turns startling, meditative, and thought-provoking.

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UVM Saffron Tour: Your Golden Opportunity FULL

Meeting Date: Thursday, October 31
Meeting Time: 10-11 am
Instructor: Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani
Location: UVM Horticultural Research Center, 65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington
Member: $10 Non-Member: $15

Enjoy this unique and rare opportunity to tour the internationally-recognized North American Center for Saffron Research & Development. View the fall blooms from the active saffron plots. Discuss the production cycle, harvesting methods, and the economic implications saffron can have for Vermont. Rain or shine, transportation to the UVM Hort Farm is on your own.

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Primary Predictions: Exploring the 2020 Presidential Election

Meeting Date: Wednesday, November 6
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Ellen Andersen
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $35

Join UVM political scientist Ellen Andersen to discuss the 2020 Presidential election, with a particular emphasis on the Democratic primaries. Are you wondering how to make sense of a crowded primary field. Are you curious about the role that gender, race, and sexuality might play in the 2020 presidential election? Interested in how the primary schedule works and why it matters?

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Those Secret Eyes: Lady Macbeth, Music, and Dance

Meeting Date: Thursday, November 7
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Merz Trio – Brigid Coleridge, Julia Yang, & Lee Dionne
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $40

How can music, text, and dance work together to bring fresh meaning to a 400-year-old story? Merz Trio gives an exclusive glimpse into the making of their multidisciplinary show Those Secret Eyes, based on a night with Lady Macbeth. Featuring live music, audience participation, and discussion — students will workshop the show with Merz Trio, contributing their own creative choices and witnessing the creative process unfold. Sponsored by Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival which is presenting Those Secret Eyes at the FlynnSpace on Sunday afternoon November 10.

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The Brain, Mind and Music

Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 12
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Lawrence Zoller
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $35

Discuss how we incorporate sounds we hear daily and transform them into music. Examine which parts of our nervous system are involved in the transformation of sounds into music. Determine how music affects our daily activities and interacts with our sensory and motor systems. And how music affects us emotionally and the parts of the brain involved with these emotions and the effect on our capabilities to interact with music when these areas are damaged. Analyze the effect of music on people with neurological diseases including Broca’s Aphasia, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

This presentation can be appreciated by individuals with a thorough knowledge of music and neuroanatomy as well as people who have little or no knowledge of the aforementioned subjects.

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Sutton Holiday Market and Domaine Bresee Wine Tasting

Meeting Date: Saturday, December 7
Meeting Time: 8 am – 5 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Meet at 322 South Prospect Street in parking lot behind the Continuing Education building.
Member: $90 Non-Member: $120

Visit the Holiday Market in Sutton, Quebec, filled with local crafts and artisan food. Afterward, participate in a wine tasting at the Vignoble (Vineyard) Domaine Bresee. Premier Coach transportation provided.

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