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Newport/Derby/Stanstead - Spring 2019

All lectures will be on Wednesdays. Talks begin promptly at 1:00 p.m., in the second floor Conference Room of the Hebard Building, 100 Main Street, Newport, Vermont.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

James K. Oliver, Emma Smith Morris Professor Of Political Science And International Relations, Emeritus, University Of Delaware
Winning and Losing the Presidency: The Electoral College, Impeachment, and Conviction of the President of the U.S.

Three times in the 19th century, men were elected President without receiving a majority of the popular votes cast in the election. Twice since 2000, men have followed the same path to the presidency: George W. Bush and Donald Trump. In all five cases they were chosen by the Electoral College. Two presidents have been impeached by the House of Representatives, but none convicted by the Senate. Richard Nixon resigned when confronted with the likelihood of his impeachment. The Democrats’ newly won majority in the House of Representatives increases the possibility of Donald Trump’s impeachment. This talk will analyse these extraordinary, but constitutionally established, means for winning and losing the Presidency.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Pier-Georgio Fontana, M.Sc., Ph.D.
“New Medicine” - From the Lab to your Medicine Cabinet

Dr. Fontana will discuss insights and experiences gained during his long career in the health care and pharmaceutical industry, both in government and in the private sector. He will outline the long and complex process of new drug discovery development and regulatory approval. Other aspects of drug utilization and evolution, such as patents, generic products, new areas of drug research and OTC will also be covered.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Benjamin Hank Kaestner, former Director of Spice Procurement at McCormick & Co., Inc.
The History of Spices

This presentation is an account of how the spice trade changed the course of history. It begins with the use of spices as early as 5,000 BC by cultures in such widely diverse regions as Peru, Egypt, and India, continues through the impact of the spice trade on cultures 2,000 years ago in Italy, Greece and Egypt, and finally reaches the Age of Exploration during the 15th and 16th centuries, when explorers such as Columbus and Magellan set out to find the source of the spices that were so valuable to mankind. Hank’s business travels over 40 years took him to the exact locations where spice history was made.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dr. Andrea Fairchild
Growing Up in Austin (Québec) – Grandir à Austin

Aware of how precious but ephemeral memories can be, Dr. Madeleine Saint-Pierre and Dr. Andrea Fairchild interviewed and videotaped the recollections of twenty-seven elderly citizens of the
municipality of Austin, Québec. The result is a DVD presentation: “Growing Up in Austin/Grandir à Austin”. The chapters cover the themes of landscape, home, family, work, education, and leisure, and thus give a glimpse of life in the past of the Eastern Townships. Dr. Andrea Fairchild will present several of the themes; the DVD is in French and English with subtitles.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Dr. Jack Eby, Department of Music, Bishop’s University
HAIR the Musical – after 50 years

When the play opened in 1968, HAIR was the most radical musical ever to arrive on Broadway since, in addition to its Rock Music score, it pushed the button on almost every social issue of the day. We’ll have a retrospective on the musical, and discover a surprising link that it has with Bishop’s University.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Bridget Butler
The Bird Diva Bird Song Tune-Up

Celebrate May Day! The landscape is full of birdsong wherever you go, whether downtown or high up in the mountain peaks. Join us for a spring tune-up, as we learn to train our ears to the differences in birdsong. We’ll break down song using phonetics, descriptions, and drawings. Find out how to increase your ability to identify birds by sound with some simple steps to build your repertoire. This is a lively program full of gorgeous birdsong and useful tips which will have you tuned in to the world around you.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Professor Wolfgang Mieder, Department of German and Russian, University of Vermont
Proverbs in the Modern Age

Traditional and modern proverbs play a considerable role in oral and written communication. They appear frequently in both their standard form and in innovative variations in the mass media. Magazines and newspapers employ proverbs as headlines of articles or as slogans of advertisements, and they also appear quite often as captions on cartoons and comic strips. But there are also posters, bumper stickers, greeting cards, and T-shirts that feature proverbs, either agreeing with their wisdom or questioning it by means of so-called anti-proverbs. This talk presents and interprets eighty examples of English proverbs in the mass media, with an emphasis on American proverbs of the 20th century. Without doubt, proverbs continue to guide people in the mass media and everywhere else on their path through life.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

William Morris, Cartographer
The Meaning of a Map

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 it all some context.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dr. Daniel Miller, Department of Religion, Bishop’s University
Anti-Semitism: Its Roots, its Rise, its Repercussions

This presentation will trace the trajectory that has led from the anti-Judaism of the early centuries of the Common Era to the modern anti-Semitism that plagues the Jewish people to this day — a tragic progression that has proceeded from “You cannot live among us as Jews” to “You cannot live among us” to “You cannot live.”

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Michel Forest, Director of "Musée international d’art naïf de Magog"
Remembering Normand Hudon (1929-1987)

A talk about the many talents and achievements of Québec artist Normand Hudon (1929-1997), who gained fame in the 1950s and 1960s as Montreal’s leading caricaturist of the time, as a radio and early television star, as a celebrated night club performer, and as an accomplished painter. The many talents of this artist and entertainer will be discussed, as will be the challenges that arose from his dual roles.


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
John Logan: 819-876-5026
Marvelene & Keith Richards: 802-334-1254
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.

Special thank you to our community contributors:

  • Community National Bank
  • CCV - Newport
  • Goodrich Memorial Library
  • Newport Natural Market & Cafe
  • NEK-TV
  • Vista

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