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Central Vermont - Winter/Spring 2019

Central Vermont OLLI Members Listening to a LectureAll programs will be held at the
Montpelier Senior Activity Center(MSAC)
58 Barre Street, Montpelier

Films will be shown at the Savoy Theater, 26 Main Street in Montpelier.

Programs will not take place when the Montpelier schools are cancelled for weather. You may call (802) 479-2602 to confirm.

Programs take place on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. (films at 12:30).
$5 suggested donation per program or $40 for the 13-program series.


January 23

Journalist Anne Galloway
Investigative Reporting in a Fishbowl

Interacting with sources and protecting whistleblowers can be challenges to investigative reporting in VT. Examples will include the Jay Peak fraud, VT Lottery investigation, and the most recent National Guard series.

January 30

Shark Biologist Lindsey Graff
Great White Sharks of New England

Graff will explore with us the history of Great White Sharks in the Northwest Atlantic and what scientists are learning about these majestic animals returning to their home range.

February 6

Scientist Gillian Galford, Ph.D.
Climate Change: The Vermont Perspective

Lead author of the VT Climate Assessment, Professor Galford will review our future climate and its impacts on communities, natural resources, agriculture and tourism.


Refugee Counselor Anna Wageling
Refugee Resettlement: Globally and Locally

We will hear how the VT Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has served over 8,000 refugees and those granted asylum who have established new homes in VT since 1980.

February 20

Author Kekla Magoon
Malcolm Before the X: A Leader in the Making

The author of X: A Novel, co-written with Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, Magoon will discuss their writing process, Malcolm’s life and legacy, and how his story inspires a new generation of leaders.

February 27

Educator Harris Webster
Humanistic Economics: Can it Save the Earth?

Webster will present a case for dealing with the ills of our world by limiting the growth of “stuff” and expanding the growth of “non-stuff” using a new ecological- and humanistic-based type of economics.

March 6

Educator/Naturalist Kurt Valenta
Honey Bees: Hard Working Immigrants

Valenta will lead a tour of the life cycle and habits of these smallest of domesticated animals who play such an important role in our lives even as we threaten theirs.

March 13

Cartographer Bill Morris
The Meaning of Maps

Morris will lead us backward and forward through cartographic history to help us understand how technology has advanced our understandings through cartography.

March 20

Refugee Counselor Anna Wageling
Refugee Resettlement: Globally and Locally

We will hear how the VT Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has served over 8,000 refugees and those granted asylum who have established new homes in VT since 1980.


March 27

Spice Expert Hank Kaestner
The History of Spices

The search for spices has been a motivator of world exploration and commerce. Following explorers’ footsteps, Kaestner will trace the discovery and usage of spices from the Roman Empire through the 20th century.

April 3

Professor Misagh Parsa
Democracy in Iran

Author of a recent book on this topic, Parsa will discuss the 1979 Revolution and its outcomes, current challenges, and a likely path for Iran’s democratization.

April 10

Author & Film Guru Rick Winston
Blacklisting in the Red Scare Era

In the late 1940s and 1950s, hundreds were forced from the film and television industries due to their political activities. This history will be discussed and illustrated with a number of film clips.

Winston will continue exploring the topic through the showing of full length films in the following two weeks. (note different venue and time)


Movie Series

The two films described below will be shown at the Savoy Theater in Montpelier.

April 17


This 2007 documentary (not the 2015 biopic) focuses on Dalton Trumbo, the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood before losing his job in 1947.  In 1960 he was the first to break the blacklist.

April 24

The Front

Written in 1976, this drama—with many comic moments—was written by two blacklist victims and features Woody Allen and Zero Mostel. Set in the nascent television industry, circa 1953, it is a vivid picture of how the blacklist worked.


Membership Information


Individual ticket: $40
Couple’s ticket: $70
You may also attend single events (suggested donation $5.00 payable at the door)

HALF-PRICE SPECIAL First-Time Members only:

Individual ticket: $20
Couple's ticket: $35

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure or click on this membership form. Mail your completed form with your payment to:

(make checks payable to: The University of Vermont)

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401
For further information, call: 802-454-7814 or email:


Become a member today!

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.


Steering Committee: Marge Christie, Priscilla Daggett, Edie Miller, Bob Rosenfeld

Program Committee: Michelle Champoux, Marge Christie, Grace Greene, Edie Miller, Gayle Poinsette, Peter Rousmaniere

Hospitality Committee: Priscilla Daggett, Amalia DiStefano

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


We honor the memory of Reidun Nuquist who was a leader and advocate of Central Vermont OLLI for many years.