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.

Spring Courses

OLLI Spring Brochure (printable pdf)

Beginning Yoga I – Session 1


Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, January 9-30
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 105 Auditorium
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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Bizet’s Carmen


Meeting Date: Thursday, January 31
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: William Harwood
Location: Jeffords 112
Member:
$15  Non-Member: $25

Discuss themes and characters from Bizet’s Carmen, a tale of love and  jealousy that has remained one of the most beloved works in Opera since its premiere in 1875. Examine the highlights, what to listen for and look for in the performance, and what happens behind the scenes. This class will prepare you for viewing the “Metropolitan Opera in HD” presentation on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Palace 9 Theater in South Burlington. Performance transportation and tickets are on your own.

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Beginning Yoga I – Session 2


Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, February 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 105 Auditorium
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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Drawing in the Greenhouse


Meeting Dates: Saturdays, February 16-March 9
Meeting Time: 10 am -12:30 pm
Instructor: Jane Neroni
Location: Jeffords 100 and UVM Greenhouse
Member Fee: $65  Non-Member Fee: $95

Learn a few easy techniques to draw some of the many flowers and plants that grow in the UVM Greenhouse.  Each day in class Jane Neroni will guide you through several approaches to drawing plants and then the class will spend the rest of the time studying and drawing a variety of plants in the Greenhouse.  The UVM Greenhouse – warm, welcoming and fragrant in mid-winter – offers a delightful and relaxing place to learn new ways to see and draw plants many forms and shapes.

Materials:

Students should have the materials listed below by the beginning of class.

  • A hardcover, field sketchbook. I suggest a Canson that you can find at Michaels. (A softcover sketchbook will not work in the greenhouse.)
  • Two #2 pencils (Preferably by Staedtler)
  • A Pigma Micron Pen, #01 (not needed until 3rd session)
  • One kneadable eraser
  • A portable pencil sharpener
  • All of the above are also available at DickBlick.com at extremely reasonable prices.

* Note: Michaels usually has a 40% off coupon in Sunday’s paper, which will help with the cost of the sketchbook

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Beginner Ukulele-Level 1


Meeting Dates: Mondays, February 25-March 18
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Clare Innes
Location: Lafayette Hall L202
Member:
$65  Non-Member: $95

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 but can be more difficult for beginners)
  • A music stand is helpful but not required

Week 1: We’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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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Beginning Yoga I – Session 3


Meeting Dates: Mondays, March 4-25
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 105 Auditorium
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.

*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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Beginner Pilates – Session 1


Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 5-26
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Griffin
Location: Mann Hall 105 Auditorium
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

This class is designed to challenge the beginner and the practicing Pilates student. Mat classes are a great way to learn the fundamental principles of the Pilates method. Pilates improves strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. Each exercise is designed to promote elongated and toned muscles, and are noted for creating a strong body core. Bring a padded mat, at least equivalent to 2 yoga mats.

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Total Body Strength and Stretch – Session 1


Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 5-26
Meeting Time: 4:45-5:30 pm
Instructor: Janet Franz
Location: Rowell 032
Member:
$30  Non-Member: $45

Improve overall strength, range of motion, mobility, and balance through pilates, yoga, calisthenics, and functional strength training. Various methods will be offered so that all levels can participate, from beginners to advanced exercisers. Bring your own mat.

Materials:  Mat or large towel.

Water bottles recommended.

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Reading Workshop: Polarization and its Discontents


Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Jeffords 110
Member:
$60  Non-Member: $90

Through readings and exercises, we will consider the crisis of polarization in the U.S. and our personal part in it: where did it come from, how bad is it, and what can be done about it? Are we headed for a breakdown of democracy and/or a new Civil War? Beginning with the More in Common report, “Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape,” we will read historical and political accounts, excerpts from fiction (from Faulkner to Omar El Akkad), and proposed solutions. Each week, participants will be invited to complete an assignment to help break down the divide in their own minds and communities, and report back to the group.

Week 1: Hidden Tribes: America’s Polarized Landscape

Week 2: History: How We Got Here

Week 3: Fictional Truth: Past and Future

Week 4: Healing: How Do We Fix It?

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Beginning Yoga II – Session 3


Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 105 Auditorium
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.

*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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Whole-Wheat Sourdough Country Bread


Meeting Date: Saturday, March 9
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

Learn the process of making and maintaining a wild yeast starter, creating the dough, and baking the crusty loaves. Prepare the dough in class and take it home to let it finish rising before baking. Take home your own starter so you can continue to make your own fabulous bread at home. Aprons are provided. Transportation to The Essex Resort & Spa Kitchen is on your own.

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On Your Mark. Get Set. Bake! A Day at King Arthur Flour


Meeting Date: Thursday, March 14
Meeting Time: 8 am-5 pm
Instructor: Elisabeth Berthasavage
Location: Meet at Gutterson Parking Garage, UVM campus
Member: $85  Non-Member: $120

Spend the day at King Arthur Flour starting with a 1-hour yeast bread demonstration that includes demo, printed recipes and a tasting, followed by a brief tour of the facility. Enjoy time on your own eating a delicious lunch in the café. Take advantage of the baking expertise of The Baker’s Store staff as you discover everything you need for your very best baking! Coach transportation to Norwich, VT provided.

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Causes & Consequences of Vermont’s Changing Demographics


Meeting Date: Thursday, March 21
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Arthur Woolf
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

In 2000, the share of people over 65 in Vermont was the same as the U.S., but that has changed dramatically. Today, Vermont is one of the oldest states in the nation. By 2030, more than one in four Vermonters will be over 65, compared to less than 20 percent for the U.S. This lecture will investigate how and why Vermont’s age structure is changing so rapidly and the economic implications of that aging.

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Fused Glass Bowls and Plates


Meeting Date: Sunday, March 24
Meeting Time: 3:30-5:30 pm
Instructor: Alyssa Oxley
Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Road, South Burlington
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Learn the steps of using hand tools to cut glass, and discuss how color and design influence the way the glass will fuse together in the kiln. Create your own unique piece of functional art. Once your bowl or plate is assembled, it will be fired in our glass kiln twice. You will be able to pick up your finished project in about 1 week. No previous experience necessary. All materials provided.

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The History of Spices


Meeting Date: Monday, March 25
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Hank Kaestner
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Trace spice usage from before the Roman Empire, through the age of Exploration, and into the 20th century, when fortunes were made in New England by sending clipper ships around the world to purchase spices.From the dawn of history, the spice trade has drawn man’s sense of exploration. Columbus, da Gama, and Magellan were all looking for spice origins as they “discovered” the world. Instructor Hank Kaestner has walked in the very footsteps of those famous spice explorers, and he’ll share what he has learned.

Former Director of Spice Procurement for McCormick & Co., Inc., Hank is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on spices.

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Act 148: Keeping Resources Out of the Landfill


Meeting Date: Thursday, March 28
Meeting Time: 5:00-7 pm
Instructor: Lauren Layn
Location: Jeffords 112
Member:
Free  Non-Member: Free

In 2012, the Vermont Legislature unanimously passed the Universal Recycling Law (Act 148), which aims to make better use of resources that commonly end up in Vermonters’ trash bins.

This class focuses on keeping organic material like food scraps and other food waste out of the landfill, which will be required for all Vermonters by 2020. The state developed a “recovery hierarchy” to prioritize the ways to both reduce food waste and decide what to do with it after it is generated.

There are several ways you can comply with this law, from feeding animals to backyard digesting! Chittenden Solid Waste District’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Lauren Layn, will outline these diversion options, including an in-depth workshop on composting food scraps in your backyard.

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Beginner Ukulele-Level 2


Meeting Dates: Mondays, April 1-22
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Clare Innes
Location: Lafayette Hall L202
Member:
$65  Non-Member: $95

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.

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 but can be more difficult for beginners)
  • A music stand is helpful but not required

Week 1: We’ll play some tunes to gauge where we are and what we want to work on: chord fluidity, strums, fingerpicking — this will be a fun exploration and a great chance to relax and  play some songs.

Week 2: More exploration into issues we discovered that need working on. We’ll spend most of the class playing tunes and addressing questions that arise.

Week 3: By now we’ll be pretty comfortable playing with each other and learning how to participate in a jam. After all, don’t we all just want to play well with others?

Week 4: This class will involve lots of playing and answering questions that come up.  One last opportunity to figure out those knotty chords and tangly strums.

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Beginning Yoga I – Session 4


Meeting Dates: Mondays, April 1-22
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location:
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.

*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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Fleming Museum Tour: Small Worlds – Miniatures in Contemporary Art


Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 3
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Alice Boone
Location: 61 Colchester Ave, Burlington
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Enjoy a private tour of the Fleming Museum’s special exhibition, “Small Worlds:  Miniatures in Contemporary Art.” Small Worlds will explore the ways contemporary artists use miniatures, such as dioramas, hobby train figures, and architectural models to inspire awe, whimsy, and even dread. The selected artists either create or employ found miniature figures, rooms, and landscapes, displaying them through photographs or as the sculptures themselves. The works will be divided into two categories, “magical” and “menacing.” This dichotomy demonstrates that miniature forms reminiscent of our childhood playthings can be used to either recall in us that sense of wonder toward the world around us or call our attention to the dark forces hidden beneath the seduction of the small. As our inherent attraction to the miniature draws us into the imagined world of the artist, real-world traumas including violence, displacement, and environmental disaster are brought to our attention in intricate and intimate ways.

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Beginning Yoga II – Session 4


Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location:
Member:
$40*  Non-Member: $60

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.

*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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Race Privilege in America


Meeting Date: Thursday, April 4
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Nikki Khanna
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Examine race privilege in American society. Discuss what white privilege is and what it looks like, and draw links between race privilege and other types of privilege we may experience in American society based on gender, sexuality, and social class.

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French For Travelers


Meeting Dates: Saturdays, April 6-27
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Alysse Anton
Location: Aiken 102
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Learn to navigate French-speaking cities, order delicious food, and find cultural hotspots without feeling lost, literally and in translation, when you travel to Montréal, Québec City, or one of the 35 other lands where French is spoken. Fantastique!

In this interactive class, Alysse will lead you in engaging and focused activities all designed for practical communication with Francophones.

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Ancient Teachings on Mindfulness


Meeting Date: Monday, April 8
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: John Hanagan
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Take a focused and enjoyable look at some of these central teachings, especially those of Buddhism and Taoism from the East, and of Plato, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius from the West. A brief instruction in meditation will be included.

In 1994, Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote a groundbreaking book on Mindfulness Meditation entitled “Wherever You Go, There You Are.”  His book sparked tremendous interest since so many people resonated with the idea that while the body is always ‘where we are,” the mind is often gamboling through the joys and sorrows of the past, or the hopes and fears of the future.  The mind is a wonderful gift, creating magnificent symphonies, inspiring art, and amazing science, but it can be the source of confusion, self-recrimination, and untold human suffering.  Even though Kabat-Zinn’s reminder of the detrimental lack of mind/body synchronicity is now 25 years old, the teachings on the nature of Mind–its darkness and its light–go back thousands of years in both Eastern and Western cultures.

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Beginner Pilates – Session 2


Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 9-30
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Griffin
Location: Mann Hall 105 Auditorium
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

This class is designed to challenge the beginner and the practicing Pilates student. Mat classes are a great way to learn the fundamental principles of the Pilates method. Pilates improves strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. Each exercise is designed to promote elongated and toned muscles, and are noted for creating a strong body core. Bring a padded mat, at least equivalent to 2 yoga mats.

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Total Body Strength and Stretch – Session 2


Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 9-May 7 (no class April 23)
Meeting Time: 4:45-5:30 pm
Instructor: Janet Franz
Location: Rowell 032
Member:
$30  Non-Member: $45

Improve overall strength, range of motion, mobility, and balance through pilates, yoga, calisthenics, and functional strength training.  Various methods will be offered so that all levels can participate, from beginners to advanced exercisers. Bring your own mat and water bottle.

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Essays, Letters & Testimonies: Empathy, Freedom and Justice For All


Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 10-May 1
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Christopher Chaves
Location: Jeffords 112
Member:
$60  Non-Member: $90

Explore four important examples of American literature and their continuing relevance to the well-being of American society, now and in the future, including Ralph W. Emerson’s essay, Nature (1863), Martin L. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963), excerpts from Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique (1963), and Sen. John Kerry’s Winter Soldier Testimony (1971).

Each of these pieces of literature will be closely read, appreciated, and critically analyzed for their original context, meaning, and personal interpretations. As such, this will require an open mind and respect for others’ ideas in the course in order to construct, as a group, new meanings and implications for our natural environment, racial justice in America, progress in women’s rights and opportunities, citizens’ obligations, and the effects on military veterans of seeming wars of aggression.  Respectful dialogue will be expected of all participants, especially within small group interactional experiences.  It will not be necessary to purchase hard copy books for the course as online (internet-based) links of the above pieces of literature will be provided to participants.

Week 1: Ralph W. Emerson’s essay titled Nature will be explored using an Internet-based audio recording, a hard paper copy of the actual essay to read along with the audio recording, the use of brief pauses in the session to reflect upon specific parts of the essay, group dialogue, and class-wide participation.  The facilitator will use initiating questions or follow-up Socratic dialogue to encourage critical thinking in the learning process.

Week 2: Martin L. King’s letter titled Letter from Birmingham Jail will be explored using an Internet-based audio recording, and a hard paper copy of the actual letter to read along with audio recording.

Week 3: Excerpts of Betty Friedan’s book entitled Feminine Mystique will be explored using a hard paper copy of actual ethnographic study comments made by numerous American housewives about “the problem with no name.”

Week 4: A hard copy of Sen. John Kerry’s public testimony titled Winter Soldier delivered before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be explored using Internet-based Youtube video recording.

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Freedom v. Slavery:  The Greatest Debate of the United States Constitution


Meeting Date: Thursday, April 11
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Sandra Baird
Location: Jeffords 112
Member:
$15  Non-Member: $25

In this class, we will examine the specific amendments that reflect the struggle for freedom of the new republic and the amendments, which reflect the compromise with slavery: the first ten amendments of the document, the Bill Of Rights which seek to reserve liberty and Article 2, which seeks to protect slavery by creating the Electoral College. We will also examine the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments that seek to correct the status of the emancipated enslaved persons after the Civil War. The Constitution of the United States arose from the hottest debate of the 18th century: the argument between those who argued that all men were equal and were entitled to be free, and those who argued that certain persons should be enslaved.

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Paint & Sip: Blossoms of Georgia O’Keefe


Meeting Date: Friday, April 12
Meeting Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Janet Hinnes
Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Road, South Burlington
Member: $35  Non-Member: $60

Capture the arrival of spring blooms in the style of Georgia O’Keefe! You will be guided through a painting from start to finish. Paint to a theme, but unlike other Paint & Sip experiences, each individual’s final piece will be completely unique.  Absolute beginners and experienced painters are welcome.

Enrollment includes all painting materials and one glass of wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverage. Snacks and additional drinks will be available for purchase.

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Pressure Cooking with Confidence


Meeting Dates: Saturday, April 13
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

Learn recipes and tips for using a modern pressure cooker to prepare dishes in one-third of the time it takes to cook conventionally! In addition to saving time and energy, a pressure cooker intensifies flavors and tenderizes budget cuts of meats beautifully. The popular multi-cooker (Instant Pot) has made pressure cooking approachable and convenient for many cooks. The class will cover both new-generation stove-top pressure cookers and electric multicookers, and will include recipes for appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. Bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided. Transportation to The Essex Resort & Spa Kitchen is on your own.

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Birding in Vermont


Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 16, 23 and Saturday, April 27
Meeting Time: Tuesday, 5:30-7 pm and Saturday, 10 am – noon
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location:
Member:
$50  Non-Member: $75

Forests, mountains, and grasslands are some of the richest and most important bird habitats. In this class, we’ll talk about these ecosystems and the wonderful birds that feed and breed there. Transportation for the field trip during the third session is on your own.

Week 1: Birds of Vermont’s Forests and Mountains – and related conservation issues – It’s not always easy to find them, but they certainly reward us when we do! Scarlet Tanagers glow in red, thrushes sing like flutes and oboes, warblers flit in and out of the foliage like flying jewels. Learn about some of the wonderful birds that hide out in our state’s highest and most heavily wooded areas, and learn about some of the conservation challenges these birds present.

Week 2: Vermont’s Grasslands and Open Spaces: Grasslands: Why Are They Important? What Birds Rely On Them? What’s Being Done To Conserve and Protect Them?

Week 3: Field trip – location TBA

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Mi Historia: Growing up under Batista’s & Castro’s Cuba


Meeting Date: Thursday, April 18
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Allyan Rivera
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Allyan recounts her childhood growing up under Batista, living through the July 26th Revolution, and changes experienced under Fidel Castro’s reign. She will also review a bit of Cuban history (including Taino Indians, Spanish occupation, and American involvement), Cuba’s geography/flora, architecture, and culture.

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Dobra Tea:  Teas of the World


Meeting Date: Saturday, April 20
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Nina Beck & Stacy Jolles
Location: Dobra Tea, 80 Church St., Burlington
Member: $25  Non-Member: $40

Join us on this journey of the senses. Explore and taste teas from lesser-known tea-growing regions, including Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar, Hawaii, and Thailand. Discuss tea production, the natural environment, and the people/culture of each country. Enjoy traditionally brewed teas and a small snack.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls


Meeting Date: Monday, April 22
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Jeffrey Trumbower
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century. Found in caves near the Dead Sea from 1947-1956, they were mostly produced by a Jewish sect that lived in this region from around 150 B.C.E. to 68 C.E., when they were likely wiped out by the Roman army. The scrolls have revolutionized our understandings of the Hebrew Bible, ancient Judaism, and the origins of Christianity.  In this session, we will learn about the discovery and have a chance in class to read and discuss translations of some of the most important segments of the scrolls.

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Shelburne Vineyard: Grapes, Vines, Wines & Your Palate, VT Style


Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 24
Meeting Time: 1-3 pm
Instructor: Shelburne Vineyard Staff
Location: Shelburne Vineyard, 6308 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

In this introductory presentation, explore grape growing, wine making, and wine tasting focused on the varietals that thrive in VT’s cold climate. Learn about the history of the Vineyard’s pioneering venture. Tour the vineyard (outside) and winery, and enjoy a guided and interactive wine and cheese pairing experience in the Tasting Room Loft. Take home your own souvenir Shelburne Vineyard wine glass. Dress appropriately for outdoor tour. Transportation to the Vineyard is on your own.

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Musical “isms”: An Introduction to Music in the 20th Century


Meeting Date: Thursday, April 25
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: James Stewart
Location: Jeffords 112
Member:
$15  Non-Member: $25

Join VPR Classical host James Stewart on a journey of discovery into the many “isms” that dominated one of the most tumultuous 100 years of human history, including Impressionism, Expressionism, Atonalism, Serialism, Neoclassicism, and Minimalism. Musical expression fractured in the 20th Century like no other century before. This one-time lecture will cover the conflicts, philosophy, and artistic and technological developments that shaped the way we express ourselves through music. Discover new works and musical experiments, learn the stories behind some of the most influential works, and maybe find a new favorite piece of music. Bring materials to take notes should you so choose.

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The Granite Cutters’ Story: A History of Vermont’s 200-Year-Old Granite Industry


Meeting Date: Monday, April 29
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Scott McLaughlin
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

The history of Vermont’s granite industry is the history of Vermont and, in many ways, that of the nation. It is a tale of hope and loss, of eager immigrants and underemployed Yankees chasing a dream, of promising developers, of talented artists, of hard-nosed businessmen, and of accomplished men and women that shaped our nation’s cemeteries, parks, and public architecture. Learn about the people, tools, and places behind one of Vermont’s oldest and most important trades – the granite industry.

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Downtown Burlington History and Architecture Walk


Meeting Date: Thursday, May 2
Meeting Time: 10 am – noon
Instructor: Britta Tonn
Location: Tour will meet on Church Street in front of City Hall
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Uncover the intriguing history and diverse historic architecture of downtown Burlington. This class will provide an in-depth lesson on historic American architectural styles by exploring various examples in Burlington. There will be several opportunities for participants to take a seat throughout the tour. The tour will meet on Church Street in front of City Hall.

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