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. In 2002, UVM received an endowment from the Osher Foundation establishing eight state-wide Vermont OLLI’s. Additional funding received in 2010 supported the start of our campus-based OLLI at UVM.

“Learning what you want to know, from an engaging instructor, just for the joy of learning:
what could be better than that?”

Current OLLI Course Listing

OLLI at UVM Members enjoy a minimum discount of 30% on all courses, which is reflected in the Member prices.

Should you have any questions, or need reasonable accommodations please contact Customer Relations at 1-800-639-3210 or uvmolli@uvm.edu. We would be happy to assist you. Most courses are held at a convenient location on the UVM Campus with parking nearby.

Please note: Credit or refunds for any cancellations made less than 21 days prior to the start date of field trips involving Premiere Coach Bus transportation (trips to Montreal, Quebec, St. Johnsbury, etc.) will not be issued.

OLLI at UVM Course Terms and Conditions
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Spring Courses

If you have already signed up for Spring 2020 OLLI courses and are interested in additional Spring classes, you will need to call our office to register. Please call 802.656.8407.

OLLI Spring Brochure (printable pdf)

Beginning Yoga I Session 1

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, January 8-29
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Ira Allen Chapel
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for brand new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose (but fitted) clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Writing Workshop: Four Poems

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, January 22-February 12
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90

Through the course of four weeks, participants will write four poems: a protest poem, a narrative poem, an ekphrastic poem, and a love poem. A varied selection of poems will be provided a week in advance as models for each poem. We will read aloud the poems during our classes, focusing on the sites of energy in the poem and its further possibilities. Optional formal “scaffolding” suggestions will also be provided each week for those interested in exploring form–specifically the villanelle, the ballad stanza, the sestina, and the sonnet. All levels welcome.

  • Week 1: Protest Poem (villanelle): addressing an injustice
  • Week 2: Narrative Poem (ballad): telling a story
  • Week 3: Ekphrastic Poem (sestina): describing a work of art
  • Week 4: Love Poem (sonnet): expressing an emotion

 

Beginner Ukulele-Level 1

Meeting Dates: Mondays, February 3-March 9 (NOTE: New end date and omit date: no class 2/17, 3/2)
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Clare Innes
Location: Cohen Hall 201
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

Ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument? Ukuleles are a great way to explore that desire. Have fun learning chords, strums, and techniques to begin your ukulele journey and gain confidence playing with others. No uke? No worries! Ukes available to rent or buy in class. No class February 17.

Materials: Bring a playable ukulele and a clip-on electronic tuner, or rent one for $25 for the four-week class (if you love it, your rental fee will count towards purchase) – free tuners on smartphones work acceptably but can be more difficult for beginners. A music stand is helpful but not required.

  • Week 1: We will learn an easy tune with 4 chords that flow into each other. Using this song, we’ll learn about the mechanics of playing: holding the uke, strumming, getting your fingers to make the chord shapes, and singing.
  • Week 2: We will build on what we learned, answering questions that arose during the week, and introduce more songs that use the same chords to reinforce what we learned in week 1. We’ll introduce 2 more chords.
  • Week 3: We will learn 2 more chords and apply them and previous lessons to one or two new tunes that emphasize new strumming patterns. We’ll also touch upon fingerpicking and other fun ways to play the ukulele.
  • Week 4: We will learn essentials for becoming comfortable playing with others in jams and gatherings, and learn how to read chords from guitars and other ukes. We’ll celebrate what we’ve learned with a fun play/sing-along.

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 2

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, February 5-26
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 Gymnasium
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for brand new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose (but fitted) clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Beginning Yoga I Session 3

Meeting Dates: Mondays, March 2-23
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 Gymnasium
Member: $40* Non-Member: $60

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for brand new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose (but fitted) clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

*Yoga Members’ Special: Members can sign up for both Monday (Yoga I) and Wednesday (Yoga II) classes in Sessions 3 or 4 – eight classes each session for only $60!

 

Beginning Yoga II Session 3

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 4-25
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 Gymnasium
Member: $40* Non-Member: $60

This class serves as a continuation of the Beginning Yoga I class. It is specifically designed for students over age 50 who have practiced yoga and are familiar with the basic postures. Taught in a supportive and light-hearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practice (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Every class includes elements of strength, balance and flexibility for the body and mind. Participants should wear loose (but fitted) clothes and provide their own yoga mat. Completion of Beginning Yoga I course required.

*Yoga Members’ Special: Members can sign up for both Monday (Yoga I) and Wednesday (Yoga II) classes in Sessions 3 or 4 – eight classes each session for only $60!

 

Reading Workshop: Migration Stories

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 4-25
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Cohen Hall 201
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90

Immerse in the fundamental human story of migration-voluntary and involuntary-and the resulting experience of living between two cultures, using The Penguin Book of Migration Literature (2019) as a point of departure. Readings will go beyond our typical American perspective on immigration to explore global geographies of migration, as well as the perspectives of the indigenous and of those who were enslaved, trafficked, or otherwise forced to migrate. With an eye on the U.S.’s current immigration policy, we will look at how migration experience is shaped by race, gender, sexuality, class, physical ability, language, age, and legal status. Among many others, authors will include Edwige Danticat, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, Julie Otsuka, and Marjane Satrapi.

Materials: Recommended to purchase or get from the library: The Penguin Book of Migration Literature, edited by Dohra Ahmad, 2019.

  • Week 1: Departures: voluntary and involuntary, pushes and pulls, individual and collective
  • Week 2: Arrivals: expectations and reality, shaped by identity
  • Week 3: Generations: conflict and opportunity
  • Week 4: Returns: voluntary and involuntary

Gardening for Pollinators

Meeting Date: Thursday, March 5
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Andrea Luchini
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $35

Hildene’s horticulturist, Andrea Luchini, will discuss bees, butterflies, and other backyard pollinators and how to effectively garden to support all beneficial insects. She will discuss how to start pollinator gardens and meadows, as well as plant choices and maintenance tips for making new and established gardens more pollinator-friendly.

Mindfulness: Integrating Practice Into Daily Life

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 10-31
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: John Sojun Godfrey
Location: Cohen Hall 208
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90

Join former Zen Monk, John Sojun Godfrey, to learn practical mindfulness techniques you can incorporate into daily life. Explore ways to enhance focus, attention, and awareness to your interactions with yourself, others, and the world around you. Everyone would like to be more mindful. The research is clear about the benefits of even a few minutes of mindful breathing everyday. But, when we practice mindfulness as just one more thing we need to do, it can actually create more stress in our lives. Mindfulness can be challenging to practice on our own, especially with a busy schedule, and to boot, many people feel they are uniquely incapable of being mindful.

Materials: Please bring anything you need to feel comfortable sitting for up to 30 minutes in a chair or on the floor- cushions, blankets, etc.

  • Week 1: Introduction to the Domains of Mindful Practice
  • Week 2: Focusing on the Senses
  • Week 3: Focusing on the Body
  • Week 4: Interpersonal Meditations

 

The Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain: Germany 30 Years Later

Meeting Date: Wednesday, March 11
Meeting Time: 9-11 am
Instructor: Kerstin Lange
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $35

This lecture will examine the human, ecological, and socio-political legacies of the former “German-German” border. When the Berlin Wall fell under the pressure of peaceful protests in November of 1989, the nearly 900-mile-long border that separated the two German states also lost its purpose. Less than a year later, in October 1990, East and West Germany reunited. What led to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and how might an understanding of that history be relevant today? What became of the once highly fortified border strip? Are the rifts in German society today rooted in the four decades East and West Germans lived in very different social and economic systems? We will also explore whether parallels can be drawn with societal rifts in the U.S. or other countries.

 

Birds of Passage: Vermont Migratory Birds
will be rescheduled at a later date

Meeting Dates/Times: Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 5:30-7 pm and Saturday, March 21, 9-11 am
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $50 Non-Member: $75

March is often cold, windy and drab here in Vermont, but thousands and thousands of “”our”” colorful birds are basking in tropical sun and fattening up for their long trip north. We’ll look at many of the gorgeous neotropical migrants that fill our parks and backyards in summer, learning how to identify many of them by appearance and song. Then we’ll take a close look at great birding locations only a short drive away, in the beautiful Champlain Islands. The third class of this series will be a field trip to one of Maeve’s favorite locations in the Islands!

  • Week 1: They’re On Their Way! Let’s jumpstart spring migration by enjoying many lovely birds that come north every year to nest here in Vermont.
  • Week 2: Birding the Champlain Islands – Close by, so different from other parts of Vermont, and full of birds!
  • Week 3: Field trip to a great birding location in the Champlain Islands

 

How 9/11 Changed the World
will be rescheduled at a later date

Meeting Date: Thursday, March 12
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Garrett Graff
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $35

Vermont author and historian Garrett Graff’s new book, the New York Times-bestselling The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11, explores the attacks of September 11th and how America reacted to an unprecedented and tragic day through the stories of how 480 Americans lived that day, morning to night, coast to coast. Graff will discuss America’s memory of that day, how it changed the country, and what the attacks mean to a new generation coming of age who have no personal memory of the events.

 

The Magic of Cooking with Maple
will be rescheduled at a later date

Meeting Dates: Saturday, March 28
Meeting Time: 10 am-1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Essex Resort & Spa J.K. Adams Kitchen, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction
Member: $65 Non-Member: $95

Spring in Vermont means maple syrup! Celebrate the season with this hands-on cooking class. Prepare sweet and savory recipes featuring maple syrup and taste a flight of maple syrup grades. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. We suggest that you bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided. Transportation to The Essex Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa is on your own.


 

Beginning Yoga I Session 4
Currently livestreaming

Meeting Dates: Mondays, March 30-April 20
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 Gymnasium
Member: $40* Non-Member: $60

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for brand new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose (but fitted) clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

*Yoga Members’ Special: Members can sign up for both Monday (Yoga I) and Wednesday (Yoga II) classes in Sessions 3 or 4 – eight classes each session for only $60!

 

Fake News and Real Journalism in the Digital Age

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 1-15
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rob Williams
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $45 Non-Member: $70

Why do US news consumers end up with so much “fake news” instead of real journalism in our Digital Age? This multimedia hands-on course will focus on fake news, real journalism and the power of storytelling, exploring the Propaganda Model of News, and exploring hands-on solutions to our Digital Age’s “Truth Emergency.”

Materials: The Post Truth World – Fake News and Real Journalism in our Digital Age – new book!

  • Week 1: Fake News ! Are We Living In A “Post Truth” World?
  • Week 2: The Propaganda Model of News 1.0 and 2.0 (Our Analog Age – the 20th and 21st centuries)
  • Week 3: Real Journalism! Solutions for Living in a “Post Truth” World

 

Smartphone Photo Editing
will be rescheduled at a later date

Meeting Date: Thursday, April 9
Meeting Time: 10:30 am – noon
Instructor: Bjorn Norstrom, Technology for Tomorrow
Location: Tech for Tomorrow, 476 Shunpike Road, Williston
Member: $15 Non-Member: $35

Engage in smart phone (iPhone and Android) hands-on learning with a built-in photo-editing tool. Discover settings such as brightness, saturation, vibrancy, rotation, cropping, and more. Explore how to markup the picture with text, markers, and shapes. We will also go over how to download and install photo editing apps for more advanced photo editing on the smart phone. Transportation to Williston is on your own.

 

Life By The Horns: What Yaks Teach Us About Being Better Humans

Meeting Date: Tuesday, April 14
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rob Williams
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $35

Yaks have much to teach us humans about living Life By the Horns. In this fun, multimedia lecture, Dr. Rob Williams – yakker, environmental historian, and journalist, and researcher – will explore the ten characteristics that comprise The Yak Way.

 

Music and the Mind
will be rescheduled at a later date

Meeting Date: Thursday, April 16
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: James Stewart
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Why do humans respond to music so quickly and viscerally? How are our brains “wired for sound”? In this course, we’ll explore how music has been utilized in our culture and in our history. We’ll experience audio experiments and illusions for ourselves and see if we can trust our own ears. We’ll look at cutting-edge research and discuss some of the latest efforts of music therapy. Along the way, we’ll talk about ancient graffiti, Mozart’s starling and answer the question, how do you get rid of a pesky ear-worm? If you want to know how all of this connects then come experience this multi-media lecture based on the podcast “Timeline” from VPR Classical.

Materials: A notebook

 

Jewish Messiahs Through the Centuries
will be rescheduled at a later date

Meeting Date: Monday, April 20
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Jeffrey Trumbower
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $30 Non-Member: $45

Explore the origins of the concept “Messiah” within Judaism and examine some real life examples from history, including Judas the Galilean, Jesus of Nazareth, Theudas, Simon bar Kochba, and Shabbetai Tzvi. Learn what aspects of their lives and messages tie these figures together, and what makes each one distinctive within the history of Judaism.

 

Fleming Museum Multi-Exhibitions Tour: Vibrant Details, Surprising Narratives
will be rescheduled at a later date

Meeting Date: Saturday, April 25
Meeting Time: 12:30-2 pm
Instructor: Alice Boone
Location: Fleming Museum, 61 Colchester Ave, Burlington
Member: $15 Non-Member: $25

Enjoy a private tour of the Fleming Museums’ two special exhibitions, Let’s Have a Ball: Wood Gaylor and the New York Art Scene and Warp: War Rugs of Afghanistan. Let’s Have a Ball recovers a lost chapter in the post-Armory Show American art world, when groups of artists – some well-known, others forgotten – collaborated to promote the cause of modern art. Gaylor’s colorful paintings of art auctions, costume balls, and riotous sketching sessions serve as windows into the heady, sometimes goofy world of modernist artists who knew how to throw a party. Warp: War Rugs of Afghanistan may seem a world away, but the two exhibitions share an interest in telling new narratives about modernism: these striking, sometimes disturbing rugs made by Afghan artisans were originally inspired by Italian Futurist designs to comment on the proliferation of war images in global media, and they soon became collectors’ items.

 

The World of the Northern Canalers: The Champlain Valley’s Unique Maritime Community, 1819-1940
will be rescheduled at a later date

Meeting Date: Monday, April 27
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Scott McLaughlin
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington
Member: $25 Non-Member: $35

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the life of a canal boat family was one of a curious blend of domestic and nomadic existence as they traveled the inland waterways of the Northeast, carrying cargoes ranging from live turkeys and eels to lumber and coal. Unlike seafaring men, the captains of canal boats from Lake Champlain found it advantageous to take their wives and children with them, despite the hardships. Come learn about these people and their boats, technologies, and cargoes, which were a critical part of the economic fabric of the Champlain Valley.

 

Bringing the World Of Chocolate to Vermont
will be rescheduled at a later date

Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 29
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Kevin Toohey
Location: Nu Chocolat, 180 Battery Street, Suite 110, Burlington
Member: $10 Non-Member: $25

Spend an evening at one of Burlington’s finest boutique chocolatiers, NU Chocolat, and be guided into the mysterious world of chocolate. The 1 1/2 hour long session will include an introduction to the world of chocolate, a tour of the chocolate lab and curated tasting of chocolates from round the world.

Swiss trained chef and owner, Kevin Toohey, will be your guide sharing his decades of experience, training and travels with you as you deepen your understanding of one of the planets most complex foods: Cacao – The Food of The Gods.

 

Montreal Musee des Beaux Arts Tour: Paris 1900 and Post-Impressionism
will be rescheduled at a later date

Meeting Date: Friday, May 29
Meeting Time: 8 am – 5 pm
Instructor: OLLI Staff OLLI Staff
Location: Colchester Park ‘n Ride, US 7, near Chimney Corners
Member: $80 Non-Member: $120

Discover a magnificent body of paintings and graphic works by Signac and the avant-garde, from Impressionists (Monet and Morisot), to Fauves (Dufy, Friesz and Marquet) and many more. This exceptional private collection is to be exhibited in its entirety for the first time. Enjoy lunch in Museum cafe or venture to a cafe nearby. Coach bus transportation and entrance fee to Musee des Beaux Arts is included.