Newport/Derby/Stanstead – Fall 2018

Please note that the first two lectures will be on Tuesdays, then we go back to the regular Wednesday schedule for the rest of the session. Talks begin promptly at 1:00 p.m., in the second floor Conference Room of the Hebard Building, 100 Main Street, Newport, Vermont.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Professor William Cotte, Lyndon College
Leonard Bernstein: The Maestro and the Man

In sight and sound, we will explore some of the highlights in the remarkable career of Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer and inspiring teacher – a true renaissance man of the 20th century. The man who composed the music for West Side Story almost singlehandedly brought about a Mahler revival in the 1960’s. His influence has touched every new generation. This two-part presentation continues on Wednesday 3 October.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dr. Allan Yale, Derby Line Historical Society
Mammoths, Mastodons and other Wildlife of Post-glacial Vermont

From about 20,000 BCE glaciers began to recede from the shores of Long Island toward the St. Lawrence Valley. It took 10,000 years for the melting edge to reach what is now Quebec. During this time wildlife began to re-establish itself in New England. This talk will explore changes in Vermont climate, habitat and wildlife in Vermont since the passing of the glaciers.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Kurt Valenta, Naturalist
The Forest Duff – An Unseen but Most Important World

Part of Exordium’s Nature Series, this presentation is an investigative sojourn to the forest floor. One of the most distinctive features of the forest ecosystem, It teems with a wide variety of fauna and flora and is one of the richest biodiversity environments due to the large numbers of decomposers and predators. The forest floor, with its vegetative matter, is a crucial component in nutrient transfer to mineral soil. A vital part of the natural cycle, it is unseen and underfoot, but should be better understood. You will never go into a forest the same way again.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Professor William Cotte, Lyndon State College
Leonard Bernstein – Part 2

A continuation of the exploration of Leonard Bernstein’s life and work.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Helen Pike – Author
Connecticut River Valley Log Drives

This presentation is drawn from the books of logging historian Robert E. Pike, “Tall Trees, Tough Men” and “Spiked Boots”, with additional research by his daughter, Helen Pike.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

William Randall, Professor Emeritus of History, Champlain College
The War of 1812 in the North Country

An illustrated lecture looking at the key events in the War of 1812 which occurred in the North, especially along the Canadian-American border.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Louise Abbott, Author and Filmmaker
Driving into the Past: A History of Covered Bridges of Quebec

During the heyday of covered-bridge building in Canada, close to 1,000 covered bridges were built in Quebec. Today fewer than 85 remain. In her documentary Driving into the Past, Eastern Townships filmmaker Louise Abbott looks at the history of covered bridges in the province through interviews with historians, timber framers, conservationists, and local residents. She examines different bridge-building styles, and looks at the way in which covered bridges have connected communities literally, and in recent years figuratively, as preservationists have worked together to save or reconstruct these historic buildings.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

George Weller, a curious person
When and why did man create one-god religions?

While polytheism is found around the world now, and in many past cultures, monotheism seems to have developed in the Middle East. Why? There is good reason to think it is the result of ocean flooding into the huge Black Sea area of fresh water by salt water from the rising oceans around the year 5,550 BCE, at a time when there were many gods. People had to flee almost a kilometer a day over a two year period, or drown. As a result, the water god is perceived to be the most powerful of all gods.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Kate Reed, Author and Designer
A Woman’s Touch: Kate Reed and Canada’s Grand Hotels

Kate Reed: Canada’s first career woman and decorator. 1856-1928. Kate made her name initially married to Thomas Edison’s patent lawyer & advisor – Grosvenor P. Lowrey, during New York’s golden age. “Quite the most remarkable woman I’ve ever met was a Canadian….” said J.P.Morgan’s sister of Kate Lowrey. Later, in Canada, as Mrs Hayter Reed, known for her wit, charm, taste & intellect, she decorated all the Canadian Pacific Railway’s hotels & chalets. Her grand-daughter of the same name will give a power point presentation based on her book A Woman’s Touch: Kate Reed and Canada’s Grand Hotels.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dr. Eric Davis – Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Middlebury College
The 2018 Midterm Elections: Results and Consequences

Why did the November 6th elections for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate turn out the way they did? What will be the consequences of the election results on politics in Washington for the next two years, and on the 2020 presidential election? Dr. Davis gives his analysis of the situation as he sees it.

Membership Information

Membership dues will support the development of the Institute’s future programs, which are shaped by the interests of our members. Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all 10 sessions in Newport as well as at the seven other Osher sites in Vermont during the Spring 2016 semester. Your active membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the new OLLI program on the UVM campus. For membership, complete the form on the site brochure and send with your check for $40 USD (individual) or $70 USD (couple). Any two people who sign up for the semester as a team are considered a couple. Non-members may attend individual sessions for $5 per session.

Due to the current exchange rate we cannot accept Canadian currency.

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure or click on this membership form. Mail your payment to (payable to “The University of Vermont”):

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

CONTACT MEMBERS (for information on the Osher Institute or the upcoming semesters lectures.)

Ann Montgomery: 819-876-7837
Annemarie Schadinger: 802-334-0544
Christine Gautier: 819-843-4292
Dorothy Willard: 802-754-2366 
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Page Fairchild: 819-843-6335
Suzi Dix: 819-838-5131

Become a member today!

Membership in the Newport Osher Lifelong Learning Institute entitles members to attend programs in other Osher Institutes established in seven other locations 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 on UVM campus programs. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.

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  • Community National Bank
  • CCV – Newport
  • Goodrich Memorial Library
  • Newport Natural Market & Cafe
  • NEK-TV
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For a complete listing of all programs, see our listing in a pdf format.