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Lamoille Valley – Fall 2019

Bob Manning speaking at an Lamoille Valley OLLI event
All lectures:
Wednesdays 1:30 pm – sharp
$5.00 admission per lecture or $30.00 for the 9-lecture series

Location:
The Commodores Inn
823 So. Main St., Rt. 100
Stowe, VT
802-253-7131

If there is to be a cancellation due to weather, listen to WDEV 550 AM or WLVB 93.9 FM or call The Commodores Inn: 802-253-7131

September 4

BILL MONROE AND THE BIRTH OF BLUEGRASS

Have you ever wondered what Bluegrass music is, where it began and how it came to be? The answers may surprise you! Professional musician and lifelong Bluegrass enthusiast Bob Amos will lead the audience through a fascinating historical tour of the musical roots of Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, explaining through music and story the birth of this unique American art form.


September 11

DON’T PANIC BUT DEMOCRACY MAY BE DYING

Jon Margolis is a long-time columnist and was a national political correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. He is also an author of several books including The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964. In this lecture he cautions that while it is always wise to be wary of doomsayers who insist things are different this time, there are credible scholars who worry that democracy, as we understand it, may be outmoded. Things are happening that support their concerns, and not just in America.


September 18

UNTOLD STORY OF THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS

Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of 29 books, including seven survival at sea books and The Finest Hours, that has been made into a Disney movie. His latest book, Above and Beyond, is a story that takes place during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It views the Cuban Missile Crisis from an unusual perspective. Michael’s knowledge and enthusiasm for this topic is evident. He will be available for book signings.


September 25

OWLS OF VERMONT

With ten different species of owls in Vermont, there’s plenty to hoot about! Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler for a lively presentation on these charismatic birds. You’ll learn where and when to look for owlsand how to recognize the calls of our most common owls. Bridget will have you hooting by the end of the show. Find out why these birds are so amazing and what you can do to keep owls a part of the Vermont landscape.


October 2

CALVIN COOLIDGE: VERMONT IS A STATE I LOVE

Tracy W. Messer has been sharing his love of history with people of all ages throughout the course of his personal and professional life. It was in September 1928 that President Coolidge delivered his eloquent impromptu speech after touring Vermont by train to see the recovery efforts following the devastating floods of 1927. In honor of its 90th anniversary, Tracy Messer will explain how the world came to know the “brave little state of Vermont” through his first-person portrayal of our 30th President of the United States.


October 9

NO OLLI


October 16

HAROLD WESTON: FREEDOM IN THE WILDS

Once called “The Thoreau of the Adirondacks”, American artist Harold Weston is best known for his thickly painted, expressionistic views of the Adirondacks from the 1920’s. Join Shelburne Museum associate curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff for an exploration of Weston’s 20th-century paintings, journals, and related ephemera while considering the ways that Weston’s art and practice connected the natural world to the boundless freedom of the human spirit. This lecture, sponsored by the Stowe Free Library, is free of charge, and is made possible by a grant from the Copley Fund.


October 23

THE MEANING OF MAPS

Bill Morris is a cartographer and data scientist with Faraday Inc. in Burlington, VT, where his work focuses on finding and leveraging spatial relationships. As a lifelong Vermonter, he has built a sense of place through mapping past, present, and future in the Green Mountains. Cartographic technology has advanced at a startling pace in recent years, and shows no signs of slowing down. Using a set of meaningful maps as a guide, we’ll fly backward and forward through cartographic history to give modern developments some context, and take a stab at what the future holds.


October 30

THE BLACK BEAR – NATURE’S VORACIOUS OMNIVORE

Kurt Valenta M.A. is the Founder and President of Exordium and a contract instructor for Castleton University. This presentation will focus on the smallest of three bear species found in North America. The Black Bear lives in a wide variety of habitats. They move with a lumbering grace and stealth that belies their size. Part of many children’s tales, the fiercely protective female and the belligerent solitary males are anything but cuddly “Teddy Bears”. Join us as we explore this secretive world of the Black Bear.


November 6

MURDER, MYSTERY, AND INDIGENOUS MOBILITY IN 19TH CENTURY VERMONT

Jill Mudgett is a cultural historian with an interest in the people and landscapes of northern New England. This presentation tells the story of an Indigenous man from southern New England who came to central Vermont during the late 19th century and was the victim of a murder. The story recreates community connections in a rural Vermont hill town. It is a story about poverty, racism, disability, and gendered violence against women, but is also a story about Indigenous movement and choice despite great obstacles.


Membership Information

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.

Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all sessions of the series. Membership dues for the session series are $30.00 or $5.00 for a single session.

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

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

Make checks payable to The University of Vermont.

For more information call 802-825-8325 or contact a steering committee member:

  • Ruth Hamilton – Chair
  • Adi Barnett
  • Lynn Baumrind
  • Anna Colavito
  • Dick Johannesen
  • Joyce Mailhoit
  • Millie Marron
  • Jean Mudgett
  • Dan Noyes
  • Bill Robinson
  • Dale Smeltzer
  • Ann Spearing
  • Kay Stephenson

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