OLLI at UVM Distinguished Speaker Series

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Distinguished Speaker Series

Wednesdays
January 27-April 21, 2021
1-2:30 pm
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  • All payments are final; no refunds will be issued.
  • Registration for individual lectures will close on the Monday before that lecture date OR when the capacity has been reached.
  • All classes will be held online, using an Adobe Connect online link. No downloads required. A link will be sent to you 3 days before the lecture. Access to the internet is required.

 

The Climate Crisis: Where Do We Stand?

Meeting Date:  Wednesday, January 27
Meeting Time:  1-2:30 pm
Speaker: Bill McKibben, Founder and Senior Adviser Emeritus of 350.org; Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Location: Online
Individual lecture: $10

All seven lectures*: $30

2020 was a year of incredible climate damage, from unprecedented fires in Australia and the American West to record numbers of hurricanes and tropical storms. It’s time to assess not only the current science of global warming, but also the current politics and economics: what can still be done, and can we do it fast enough to matter?

 

The Abenaki World: Animacy, Identity, and Personhood

Meeting Date:  Wednesday, February 10
Meeting Time:  1-2:30 pm
Speaker: Melody Walker, Citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Band; Abenaki educator, activist, and artist.
Location: Online
Individual lecture: $10

All seven lectures*: $30

Melody Walker will discuss Abenaki perspectives on identity, personhood, sustainability, and cultural revitalization.

 

The Happiest People

Meeting Date:  Wednesday, February 24
Meeting Time:  1-2:30 pm
Speaker: Jonathan Biggane, Associate Professor, Department of Management at California State University, Fresno.
Location: Online
Individual lecture: $10

All seven lectures*: $30

Join Dr. Jonathan Biggane as he discusses his new book, The Happiest People, and learn the state of the art in research on positive emotions, what makes a life worth living, and how to cultivate happiness at home and at work. His book is a practical guide to well-being that uses interventions and other research from the fields of positive psychology, neuroscience, and business.

 

Racial Disparities in VT: From Real Data to Radical Empathy

Meeting Date:  March 10, 2021
Meeting Time:  1-2:30 pm
Speaker: Stephanie Seguino, Professor of Economics, University of Vermont and Fellow, Gund Institute for the Environment
Location: Online
Individual lecture: $10

All seven lectures*: $30

This presentation will explore the evidence of racial inequality in Vermont policing. Vermont police are not different than the rest of Vermonters. Instead, they reflect the racial biases we all carry. And that observation leads to the question posed by philosopher Anthony Kwame Appiah, “What do we owe strangers by virtue of our shared humanity?” Seguino’s talk will address that question, sharing her photographic work that portrays the deep humanity of black men, encouraging viewers to examine and rehabilitate their own negative racial stereotypes.

 

Current Controversies in Public Health & Public Health Policy

Meeting Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Meeting Time: 1-2:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Jan Carney, Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy at the UVM Larner College of Medicine.
Location: Online
Individual lecture: $10

All seven lectures*: $30

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Two Decades of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin Rule, 2000-2020: An Assessment and Analysis of What is To Come–2020-2036

Meeting Date: April 7
Meeting Time:  1-2:30 pm
Speaker: Kevin McKenna, UVM Professor Emeritus, Department of German and Russian
Location: Online
Individual lecture: $10

All seven lectures*: $30

This year marks the second decade of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin rule.  My presentation will assess its successes as well as failures, as well as speculate on what we can expect from his decision to change the Russian Constitution in order to permit him to extend his rule another 16 years until 2036.

 

Paris 1914

Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 21
Meeting Time: 1-2:30 pm

Speaker: Merz Trio

Location: Online

Individual lecture: $10

All seven lectures*: $30

Explore the makings of an album with the Merz Trio as they prepare for their debut recording, “Paris, 1914” (release date: June 2021). The album features Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio interspersed with works of Parisian women composers of the era (Mel Bonis, Nadia Boulanger, and Lili Boulanger). Also on the album is a Josephine Baker rendition of a popular song of the time arranged by Merz Trio, a new Ravel-inspired work by Merz pianist Lee Dionne, and a selection of readings of Parisian poets and writers of the period.

The class will experience the Merz Trio’s unique style of creative programming, featuring listening and interactive discussion around the multiple components of the album’s works. The class will also offer a behind the scenes look into the recording process and the steps needed to seeing an album through to its release.