OLLI At UVM

Welcome to OLLI at UVM!

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at UVM is a community of adult learners who enjoy year-round courses and events that are diverse, interesting, fun, and affordable. Becoming a member of OLLI at UVM gives you a significant discount on courses, access to members-only seminars with engaging speakers, and exclusive benefits. OLLI at UVM is a self-sustaining organization supported by membership and course fees and a volunteer advisory board.

OLLI at UVM joins 124 colleges and universities in the United States that provide life-long learning opportunities to 50+ adults. Go to the Osher Foundation website for more information.

Current OLLI Course Listing (subject to change)

OLLI online courses will be offered over ZOOM via web browser unless otherwise noted (internet connection required). Instructions on how to join your class will be provided one week prior to start of class. Live auto-captioning available.

OLLI at UVM Members enjoy a minimum discount of 50% on all courses, which is reflected in the Member prices.

Should you have any questions please contact Customer Relations at 1-802-656-5817 or uvmolli@uvm.edu. We would be happy to assist you.

OLLI at UVM Course Terms and Conditions
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PLEASE NOTE:  Registration closes two days before the start date. 

Spring Courses

Beginning Yoga I Session 5

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, May 5-26
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Online
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

Learn the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation in this introductory course.

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Befriending Yourself

Meeting Dates: Saturdays, May 8 & 15
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Katherine Robinson
Location: Online
Member: $30 Non-Member: $45
Do you find that you are in a battle with yourself that involves self-criticism, judgment and inner angst? These inner struggles caused by the mind can lead to anxiety, depression and relationship challenges. There is a way out that involves going within yourself and forming a deep bond. What if you could be your own best friend and feel more fulfilled on your journey? In this course, you will learn techniques to anchor and ground yourself in the present moment and learn how to create a positive inner environment.

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Summer Courses

Registration Opens April 26!

Uncorked: Demystifying Natural Wine From Vine to Glass

Meeting Date: Thursday, May 20
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm ET
Instructor: Kayla Silver
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Kayla Silver, certified sommelier and owner/founder of Salt & Bubbles Wine Bar and Market, dives into the world of natural wine, describing how it’s made or produced from vine and root to cellar and bottle. Discuss vineyard and winemaking practices and hear stories about winemakers across the natural wine spectrum. Learn how to find these wines close to you and how we can describe these wines better and break down the generalist term of “natural” wine. Discussion followed by Q&A.

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Confronting the Legacy of Enslavement in the United States

Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 2
Meeting Time: 10:30 am – noon ET
Instructor: Rachel Judge
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

The Alabama-based organization, Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), believes that slavery in the United States didn’t end. It evolved. The most enduring evil of enslavement is the narrative of racial inferiority that defined Black people as less human than white people. This belief in racial hierarchy survived slavery’s abolition, fueled racial terror lynchings, demanded legally codified segregration, and spawned our mass incarceration crisis. This presentation will provide an overview of that legacy, its current presence in our society, and the work EJI is doing to move us toward a new era of truth-telling about our past.

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Reckoning with the Fleming Museum

Meeting Date: Thursday, June 3
Meeting Time: 10-11 am ET
Instructor: Alice Boone
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

“It feels like we’re in a maze we can’t get out of…” Hear the personal, creative perspectives of museum staff members about artworks in the Fleming’s collections that speak to how our lives have changed since 2020. Dive deeper into some of these artworks that depict contemporary issues like public health, systemic racism, and grief and learn about how the Museum is prioritizing personal perspective to give new depth and nuance to these issues.

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Practices on the Crossroads of Art and Meditation

Meeting Dates: Saturdays, June 5-26
Meeting Time: 9-11 am ET
Instructor: Michael Strauss
Location: Online
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90

This class will incorporate much of the content covered in the previously offered OLLI class “Drawing for the Terrified” but is taught with a specific focus on mindfulness, self-compassion, and meditation. In both representational or imaginative mindful drawing, we will practice focused attention on shape, color, and value (light and dark) in the world we see in order to reconnect directly with ourselves and the environment around us. We will explore shape consciousness (how we can see the world without naming things,) our memories of past visual experiences and how these create our reality as well as influence the art we make.

Come prepared to draw, practice meditation, share your work and thoughts with others, and enhance your creativity with mindful drawing. In addition to artistic endeavors, we will explore our ever-present thought stream, the default mode network of “selfing”, as well as how we pay attention, become distracted and mind wander. We often live our mental lives in the past and the future. In this class you will learn how creating art can help you experience great clarity in the present moment. Artist, author, workshop leader and Emeritus Professor Michael Strauss will lead two sequential four-week classes that include mindful drawing and many hands-on activities and exercises. The course is valuable for those just beginning meditation, or those who already have an established practice. It will also be useful for both beginning and experienced artists.

Materials: Bert Dodson’s “Keys to Drawing”, set of drawing pencils (medium and soft), 9 x 12 drawing tablet, malleable erasers (2), pink erasers (2), package of medium and soft vine charcoal, package of soft and medium stick charcoal, a set of black ink TOMBOW pens (6), watercolor paper, charcoal paper, newsprint tablet, watercolor brush (medium). Students do not need all these materials but should get what they can to get the most out of this class.

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Stories of the Lake

Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 8
Meeting Time: 10-11 am ET
Instructor: Kristine Stepenuck and Ashley Eaton
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

In this cultural and historical view of Lake Champlain, we begin by centering ourselves with a short Abenaki creation story of the lake and its basin. Explore the culture and history of native tribes in the area, and their relationship with water. Experience an interactive introduction to the geology and formation of the Lake Champlain basin and the lake. Examine stories of the lake’s naval history following European settlement. See how the lake is studied today, including a glimpse underwater with footage from our ROV (remotely operated vehicle), and discuss connections between land uses and lake quality, and actions individuals can take to help protect and improve water quality for the future.

As the presentation is based on an on-lake trip, stories shared will include mention of the following local sights along the Burlington coastline:

  • Red Rocks
  • Lone Rock Point
  • Rock Dunder, a small rock island, which embodies the spirit of Oodzee-hozo, the creator of Lake Champlain in Abenaki legend
  • The Horse Ferry Shipwreck, located off of north beach

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Sustainable Kitchen: Summer Salads and Homemade Dressings

Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 9
Meeting Time: 10-11 am ET
Instructor: Heather Wolfe
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Join this interactive demo and discussion with dietitian, Heather Wolfe, and learn how to eat local and in-season while minimizing food and packaging waste with recipes for summer salads and simple dressings from Sustainable Kitchen. This live virtual culinary demo will include pinches of nutritional wisdom, dashes of sustainability practices, and be sprinkled with plenty of practical tips for the health conscious, eco-friendly eater. Heather will share professional resources, personal stories, and plant-based recipes to empower, encourage, and inspire you to join her in a transformational journey into a healthier future through food. Heather brings years of experience in holistic nutrition, health coaching, homesteading, and scratch cooking to her new cookbook Sustainable Kitchen: Recipes and Inspiration for Plant-Based, Planet-Conscious Meals (Herald Press, September 2020). Sustainable Kitchen is a full-kitchen resource, filled with ideas for decreasing food and packaging waste, conserving energy, and using local, seasonally available foods. This cookbook is an ideal tool for the environmentally conscience and those looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into their diet.

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Beginning Yoga I Session 1

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, June 9-30
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm ET
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Online
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

Learn the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation in this introductory course.

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Birding by Ear: How & Why Birds Make Noise

Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 15
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm ET
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Ever wonder how birds make all their various noises? Or why? Listen to bird songs, calls, chirps, and mnay more sounds that don’t fit any category. Discuss how we can get better at recognizing, identifying and learning bird sounds.

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Civility: A Path Towards Better Conversations

Meeting Date: Thursday, June 17
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am ET
Instructor: Kim Nolan
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Drawing upon On Being public radio host Krista Tippett’s seminal Courageous Conversations Project, we will explore the six virtues foundational to civil conversations. We will examine how we “speak the questions we don’t know how to ask each other” and pursue ways to create a more equitable and just community. Together, we will consider how inner engagement and human development make social transformation possible through conversation.

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Only Hope: My Mother and the Holocaust Brought to Light

Meeting Date: Thursday, June 17
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm ET
Instructor: Irving Lubliner
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Before she passed away in 1974, Felicia Bornstein Lubliner wrote about her internment in Polish ghettos and two Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen. Her powerful stories have recently been published by her son, Irv Lubliner, an emeritus Southern Oregon University professor. He will share excerpts from “Only Hope: A Survivor’s Stories of the Holocaust,” shedding light on his mother’s experiences and indomitable spirit, as well as his experience as a child of Holocaust survivors and his process in bringing the book to fruition. The instructor will welcome questions and discussion.

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Musee des Beaux Arts Virtual Presentation: Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures

Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 22
Meeting Time: 11 am – noon ET
Instructor: Lillian Elvir
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $15

This live virtual presentation highlights the work (paintings, sculptures, and works on paper) of Jean Paul Riopelle (1923-2002), a towering figure in Canadian, Quebec and international modern art. Explore the artist’s work during the 1950s and 1970s by retracing the travels and influences that fed his fascination with northern regions and North American Indigenous communities.

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Nobel Laureate: The Life and Literary Works of Toni Morrison

Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 22
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm ET
Instructor: Robert Weibezahl
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

When Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1993 she was the tenth American writer to be given this most prestigious literary award, and only the second American woman. Renowned for her powerful, lyrical, and mythic fiction, Morrison is revered for such modern classics as The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, Jazz, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved. In this one-session introductory seminar we will explore Morrison’s life and work, dipping into two of her short stories, and discussing her place in the American literary canon. The instructor will provide copies of/links to the stories for reading prior to class.

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History and Architecture of UVM’s University Green District and Redstone Campus

Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 23
Meeting Time: 10:30 am – noon ET
Instructor: Britta_Tonn
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

The University of Vermont was chartered in 1791. This presentation will trace the evolution and growth of UVM by exploring the history of the University Green and discussing the history and architecture of buildings surrounding the green. Explore the history of UVM’s Redstone Campus from its origin as one of Burlington’s most elaborate estates to the establishment of UVM’s women’s college on the property in the 1920’s. Special attention will be paid to the unique architecture of the Redstone Campus.

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Documenting Vermonters’ Lives with Eva Sollberger of “Stuck in Vermont”

Meeting Date: Thursday, June 24
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm ET
Instructor: Eva Sollberger
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Since 2007, Eva Sollberger has been documenting Vermonters’ lives through her Seven Days’ video series “Stuck in Vermont.” Over the years, some subjects of the video series have died: Charlie Auer of Charlie’s Boathouse, photographer Matthew Thorsen, cobbler Steve Hopkins, Jack Lazor of Butterworks Farm, local pilot Shirley Chevalier, playwright Josh Bridgman and artist Stephen Huneck. Eva will discuss the experience of filming these unique people and sharing their stories with a larger audience.

On the flip side, Eva also interviews a lot of children and young adults who she later meets all grown up. Making this video series has been a unique way for her to connect with the community and leave a record of it. Eva will include some tips about how others can document their loved ones using video and keep a record of their stories.

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Beginning Yoga I Session 2

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, July 7-28
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm ET
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Online
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

Learn the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation in this introductory course.

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Women in U.S. Electoral Politics: 1872-Present

Meeting Date: Tuesday, July 13
Meeting Time: 10-11 am ET
Instructor: Anna Danzinger Halperin, New York Historical Society
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $20

The election held on November 3, 2020, was an auspicious one for women. The United States elected our first woman, and first woman of color, to executive office with Senator Kamala Harris becoming Vice President, and a record-breaking number of women were elected to Congress. While the number of women in office is still a far cry from complete gender parity, it is still a moment to reflect on the history of women elected to national office. This presentation traces this history from before women’s suffrage through to the present.

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Summer Appetizers From the Republic of Georgia

Meeting Date: Wednesday, July 14
Meeting Time: 10:30-noon ET
Instructor: Anna Mays
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Celebrate the bounty of summer with flavorful, mezze-style appetizers from the Republic of Georgia. Learn to make two versions of Pkhali, a cooked vegetable pâté or salad that is a favorite starter at the Georgian table. Pkhali is made with a base of rich walnuts blended with spices and can be made to feature whatever vegetables and fresh herbs are in season. We will make Ispanakhis Pkhali, the classic spinach salad seasoned with marigold and coriander, and Jarkhlis Pkhali, a colorful beet dish flavored with fresh dill and cilantro. Review the foundation techniques for making Pkhali, so you can adapt the recipe to use whatever veggies you have in your garden. Discuss Georgian cuisine and culture.

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Corning Museum of Glass: Fire and Vine: The Story of Glass and Wine

Meeting Date: Thursday, July 15
Meeting Time: 11 am – noon ET
Instructor: Katherine Larson
Location: Online
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Join Katherine Larson, Curator of Ancient Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, for a romp through the history of glass and wine around the world. The entwined histories of glass and wine extend back thousands of years, from lavish feasts of ancient Rome, to the polite society of Britain in the 1700s, to formal dinner parties of post-war America, to an essential experience within contemporary foodie culture. We’ll follow the path of the grape as it travels from the vineyard to your drinking glass, and explore all the places it touches glass along the way.

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Printing the Revolution: The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now

Meeting Date: Wednesday, July 21
Meeting Time: 11 am-noon ET
Instructor: E. Carmen Ramos
Location: Online
Member: FREE to members only

This virtual presentation unites historic civil rights era prints alongside works by contemporary printmakers, including several that embrace expanded graphics that exist beyond the paper substrate. While the dominant mode of printmaking among Chicanx artists remains screen-printing, this exhibition will feature works in a wide range of techniques and presentation strategies, from installation art, to public interventions, augmented reality and shareable graphics that circulate in the digital realm. The exhibition will also be the first to consider how Chicanx mentors, print centers and networks nurtured other artists, including several who drew inspiration from the example of Chicanx printmaking.

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