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Central Vermont – Fall 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) 454-7814 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.


September 11

Claire Benedict, Cora Kelly, Steve Picazio, and George Spaulding
Rapid Reviews

A panel of librarians and booksellers will give quick, lively recommendations of some of their favorite books, both new and old.

September 18

Representatives of SURJ
White People and Racial Justice: How the Fight Against Racism Is Our Issue Too

Educators, facilitators, organizers, and activists Sandra Batchelder, Aly Johnson-Kurts, and Penny Patch present the work of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and move toward racial justice.

September 25

Historian and Author Rolf Diamant
No Rugged Pioneers in Sight: Central Park, the Civil War, and the Creation of National Parks

American lore suggests that the national park idea was birthed around a campfire near Yellowstone by “a wonderful and interesting group of rugged western pioneers.” Hear the real story here.

October 2

Outreach Representative Sheila Reed
Eyes & Ears: Talking with Vermonters Where They Live

Working in the NE Kingdom, Reed is the “eyes and ears” of Sen. Bernie Sanders. She will share the insights and perspectives she has gained about the lives and concerns of rural Vermonters.

October 9

Professors Rowly Brucken, Jason Jagemann, and Mark Boonshoft
Is There a Right to Vote in the United States?

Three Norwich professors will explain the history of voting in the U.S., including how the Constitution, Supreme Court, and state laws have defined, interpreted, limited, and ignored this democratic cornerstone since 1787.

October 16

Jess Robinson Ph.D
Before Vermont: An Archaeological History Prior to European Contact

The State Archaeologist will present an overview of Vermont’s past, starting with the first Native American entrants into the region. He will highlight recent discoveries and current debates.

October 23

Lauren Sopher, Lake Champlain Committee Director of Science & Water Programs
The Health of Lake Champlain

Lauren will discuss critical issues that impact lake health: climate change, nutrients, toxics, and aquatic invasive species.

October 30

Hon. Denise R. Johnson (Ret.) and Bridget Asay
Inside the Black Box: The Vermont and the United States Supreme Courts

How cases reach these courts, their special powers, their approaches to issues, the role of dissents, and much more will be discussed in the context of recent cases.

November 6

Artist August Burns
Where Are All the Great Women Artists?

In a TED-style talk with slide presentation, Burns will discuss what makes art great, looking at the exclusion of half the population in Western art history.

November 13

Ezra Ranz
3D Printing Demystified

Artist, engineer, and entrepreneur Ranz will explain, show examples, and talk about the range of opportunities that are possible with this revolutionary technology.

Movie Series

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

Author & Film Guru Rick Winston
Graham Greene on Film

The British novelist Graham Greene was noted for his depictions of flawed protagonists caught up in moral dilemmas. We’ll see and discuss three of the best films made from his works: “The Third Man” and “The Fallen Idol,” both with screenplays by Greene; and the later vintage “The Quiet American.”

December 4

The Third Man   (1949)

The black-and-white expressionist cinematography, the harsh lighting, distorted camera technique, and iconic theme music create a style that evokes the atmosphere of an exhausted, cynical post-war Vienna at the start of the Cold War.

December 11

The Fallen Idol   (1950)

This film was described as “one of the finest British films about children, about the ways they can be manipulated and betrayed, their loyalties misplaced and their emotions toyed with.”

December 18

The Quiet American   (2002)

Featuring Greene’s original ending and treatment of the protagonist Pyle, in contrast to the earlier 1958 film version, this film adds a montage of superimposed images of American soldiers from the intervening decades of the Vietnam War.


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, Amy Ehrlich, 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.