OLLI At UVM

Welcome to OLLI at UVM Campus Program!

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OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at UVM is a community of adult learners who enjoy year-round programs and events that are diverse, interesting, fun, and affordable. OLLI at UVM joins 125 colleges and universities in the United States that provide lifelong learning opportunities to 50+ adults. Go to the Osher Foundation website for more information.

Membership

Become a member of OLLI at UVM and receive a 50% discount on all 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. It’s easy to become a member/renew your membership each semester!

  • Become a member when you sign up for classes each semester
  • Already registered for a class this semester and want to add another, No problem! Give us a call– 802-656-5817.

UVM Campus Semester Membership Rates (Statewide rates on individual site pages):

  • $15 Fall membership; ($12 for AARP/UVM affiliates)
  • $15 Spring membership; ($12 for AARP/UVM affiliates)
  • $10 Summer membership ($8 for AARP/UVM affiliates)

Policies, Terms and Conditions:

Online Classes

OLLI online programs will be offered over ZOOM. Live auto-captioning available. All ZOOM links are included in your class confirmation email and will also be sent to your email on the morning of your class start date. Helpful ZOOM Guidelines. (PDF, opens in a new window)

Health/Safety Guidelines:

UVM sponsored non-credit functions/activities/offerings, whether held at UVM or at a non-UVM facility or location, are governed by the same health and safety policies. As such, UVM expects event participants, visitors and guests will be vaccinated. Masks are optional and welcomed. If the event is taking place at a non-UVM venue, consideration must be given to the requirements of the host site and the more stringent requirements will apply.

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

Current OLLI Campus Program Listing (subject to change)

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Online classes = 💻
In-Person classes = 👥

PLEASE NOTE: Registration closes one day before the start date.

Fall Registration is Open

Distinguished Speaker Series

Join us for lively and informative ONLINE presentations on historical, timely, and relevant topics.
All Four Lectures: $25
Individual Lecture: $10

 

The Psychology of Indigenous Foods and Eating

with Nephi Craig, Founder of the Native American Culinary Association; Executive Chef & Nutritional Recovery Program Coordinator, White Mountain Apache Tribe
Tuesday, October 4, 11 am – noon
Discuss our shared history of colonization and pathway toward health and indigenous resurgence. Explore ongoing nutrition education and programs in the professional and community setting that promote and sustain healthy lifestyle changes with Indigenous Foods as a behavior change for health. Learn about indigenous food and communities as affected by historical trauma and colonialism.

Online in ZOOM

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Muslim American Women, South Asian Girls and Representation

with Farha Ternikar, Faculty member and Director of Gender and Women’s Studies, Le Moyne College, Syracuse
Tuesday, October 11, 11 am – noon
Examine how social media and popular culture can be important ways to study Muslim American women. Explore the theory of intersectionality as it is a useful theoretical lens to study Muslim South Asian American women. Discover why religion, in addition to race, class and gender is an important lens for understanding American Muslim women’s lives today.

Online in ZOOM

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Putin, Orthodoxy, and Ukraine

with Bryn Geffert, UVM Dean of Libraries and professor of History
Tuesday, October 18, 11 am – noon
Discuss why Putin is so determined to place Ukraine under Russian control. Explore how Putin’s nationalism understands the ethnic and religious ties that Russia and Ukraine share, and how this understanding influences his foreign policy.

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The Outer Limits: Exploring the Extremes of Astronomy

with Bobby Farlice-Rubio, Science and culture educator
Tuesday, October 25, 11 am – noon
In recent years, astronomers have learned of the existence of “gravity waves” caused by massive stellar collisions. In December, NASA launched the most powerful telescope ever put in space. We are now observing things that were once purely theoretical. Just three years ago, radio astronomers snapped an image of a Black Hole for the first time in history. From these gigantic objects to the tiniest of things being smashed in the world’s particle accelerators, our findings in physics are now also testing the limits of our imaginations! In this session, we will explore the latest discoveries and see if we can come to a new understanding of the increasingly strange nature of the universe.

Online in ZOOM

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Fall Registration is Open

Download our brochure. (PDF, opens in a new window)
Fall brochure

Fall 2022 Class listing

Drawing and Painting for the Terrified, Session 1 💻

with Michael Strauss
Saturdays, September 3-24, 10 am – noon
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90
Learn about contemporary artists, art history, make your own art and share, discuss and get critiques of your work and artistic process. Make new art friends in Vermont and around the country as well, all from the comfort of your home.

Materials: Dodson’s Keys to Drawing, vine charcoal (soft), charcoal pencils, erasers (malleable as well as regular), watercolors, watercolor paper, newsprint, pencils, TOMBO black ink brush/pen (No. N-15), water soluble black ink, watercolor brushes. Not all this material is necessary. Details will be discussed at the first class.

Online in ZOOM

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Beginning Yoga 1, Session 1 💻

with Amanda McIntire
Wednesdays, September 7-28, 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60
Learn the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation in this introductory course. Required equipment: Yoga or exercise mat.

Online in ZOOM

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Intro to Ukulele, Level 1 💻

with Clare Innes
Mondays, September 12-October 10 (no class 9/19), 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60
Learn chords, strums, and techniques to begin your ukulele journey and gain confidence playing with others. No uke? No worries! Find one here: https://www.ukuleleclare.com/post/how-to-choose-a-ukulele. Designed for ukuleles in the common high-G (“re-entrant”) tuning.

Online in ZOOM

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Autumn Medicinal Plant Walk 👥 OFFERING IS FULL

with Katherine Elmer
Tuesday, September 20, 10:30 am-noon
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30
Join community herbalist and UVM faculty member, Katherine Elmer, for a tour of medicinal plants in the gardens and green spaces of Spoonful Herbal’s main teaching garden at Rock Point in Burlington. Introduction to plant identification field skills and culinary/plant medicine making tips included. Provide own transportation to Rock Point Gardens, 20 Rock Point Road, Burlington.

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Burlington’s Little Jerusalem Walking Tour 👥 OFFERING IS FULL

with Aaron Goldberg & Jeff Potash
Wednesday, September 21, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30
Explore Burlington’s Jewish Lithuanian immigrant history with a short walking tour of less than one mile. Learn about the history and growth of the Jewish community’s population, businesses, schools and synagogues. Understand how a Lithuanian village and culture was transplanted and sustained in Burlington, VT. Provide own transportation to and park near the George Little Park, located at the intersection of Archibald, Bright and North Winooski Avenue.

 

Writing a Legacy Letter 💻

with Jay Sherwin
Thursdays, September 22-29, 10-11:30 am
Member: $30 Non-Member: $45
A legacy letter, also called an ethical will, is a brief written document that allows you to share your life lessons, express your values, and offer your blessings to future generations. This two-session workshop offers a model structure, discussion and reflective writing exercises to help you complete your own legacy letter.

Online in ZOOM

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Ethan Allen Homestead Museum Tour 👥 OFFERING IS FULL

with Angie Grove
Tuesday, September 27, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30
Tour the 1787 Ethan Allen Homestead Museum and explore the Abenaki history & culture exhibit, on loan from the Alnobaiwi. Discover life on the 18th century New England frontier, the formation of the state of Vermont, and past and present Euro-Native relations at the Winooski River Intervale. Provide own transportation to Museum, 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington.

 

Shelburne Museum Tour: Eyesight and Insight, Lens on American Art 👥

with Carolyn Bauer and Katie Wood Kirchhoff
Thursday, September 29, 10:30 am – noon
Member: $20 Non-Member: $35
This exhibit invites new insights into the ways American artists have negotiated issues related to eyesight from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Explore a rich selection of items drawn from Shelburne Museum’s permanent collection as well as significant loans from private collectors, public institutions, and galleries. Featured artists include Tseng Kwong Chi, George Cope, Charles Willson Peale, Howardena Pindell, William Wegman, and more. Provide own transportation to the Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne.

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Cooking for One (or Two): Part 3 💻

with Patsy Jamieson
Thursday, September 29, 5:30-7 pm
Member: $20 Non-Member: $35
Focus on comforting recipes that use ingredients from your pantry and freezer. Learn to prepare an easy ramen noodle soup, homemade one-pot mac & cheese, and a super-simple bean soup. Additional recipes included in handout. Discuss healthy pantry essentials.

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Old North End Walking Tour 👥 OFFERING IS FULL

with Britta Tonn
Friday, September 30, 11 am-12:30 pm
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30
Take a stroll through the Old North End and learn about the history and architecture of this vibrant neighborhood of Burlington. Provide transportation to and meet at the William Wells statue in the south portion of Battery Park in Burlington.

 

Dark History of Russia and Ukraine 💻

with James L. West
Wednesdays, October 5-26, 10:30 am-noon
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60
Investigate the troubled history of both Ukraine and Russia, and examine the historical factors that led to the ongoing conflict between these two countries.

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Beginning Yoga 1, Session 2 💻

with Amanda McIntire
Wednesdays, October 5-26, 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60
Learn the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation in this introductory course. Required equipment: Yoga or exercise mat.

Online in ZOOM

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Reading Workshop: American Short Stories III 💻

with Robert Weibezahl
Thursdays, October 6-27, 1:30-3 pm
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90
Through close reading of short stories, explore the ways they shed light on different aspects of our individual and collective identities as Americans. Discuss stories, thematically rather than chronologically, discovering how American writers over the last two hundred years grapple with issues such as family, communal anxiety, race, and our cultural past. No prerequisite–new students welcome. Required book: The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Second Edition. Edited by Joyce Carol Oates, ISBN: 978-0-19-974439-8.

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Brain & Memory Enhancement 💻

with Katherine Robinson
Saturdays, October 8-pending, 10:30 am – noon
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90
Enhance our brain by connecting to it energetically and forming a new relationship to it, with the intention of hope and empowerment, not fear. Learn about the latest research and techniques that involve the blending of Western and Eastern philosophy and practices.

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Drawing and Painting for the Terrified, Session 2 💻

with Michael Strauss
Saturdays, October 8-29, 10 am – noon
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90
Learn about contemporary artists, art history, make your own art and share, discuss and get critiques of your work and artistic process. Make new art friends in Vermont and around the country as well, all from the comfort of your home.

Materials: Dodson’s Keys to Drawing, vine charcoal (soft), charcoal pencils, erasers (malleable as well as regular), watercolors, watercolor paper, newsprint, pencils, TOMBO black ink brush/pen (No. N-15), water soluble black ink, watercolor brushes. Not all this material is necessary. Details will be discussed at the first class.

Online in ZOOM

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Beginning Yoga 1, Session 3 👥

with Amanda McIntire
Mondays, October 10-31, 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60
Learn the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation in this introductory in-person course on UVM campus. Required equipment: Yoga or exercise mat.

Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)

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Shelburne Museum Tour: Maria Shell, Off The Grid 👥

with Katie Wood Kirchhoff
Wednesday, October 12, 10:30 am – noon
Member: $20 Non-Member: $35
Featuring fourteen works by Maria Shell created between 2011 and 2022, this special exhibition explores her classical components of traditional bedcovers and manipulates them to create surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color. Provide own transportation to the Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne.

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Intro to Ukulele, Level 2 💻

with Clare Innes
Mondays, October 17-November 7, 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60
Take your ukulele to the next level. Become more fluid with chord changes, strumming, and learning new songs. Explore fingerpicking and an easy music theory tool and, of course, play lots of songs! Please be able to move with relative ease among these chords: Am, C, D, Em, F, G, G7. This class is designed for ukuleles in the common high-G (“re-entrant”) tuning. This class is designed for adults.

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Sermon From The Studio: Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On 💻

with Rueben Jackson
Tuesday, October 18, 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30
Join us in this examination and celebration of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 seminal, haunting and innovative suite entitled ” What’s Going On.”

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Fall Foliage Hike on the Long Trail in Smuggler’s Notch 👥 OFFERING IS FULL

with Michael DeBonis
Wednesday, October 19, 11am-12:30 pm
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30
Meet at the historic Barnes Camp in Smugglers Notch and enjoy a 1.5 mile walk on the Long Trail while viewing and learning about the science behind Vermont’s beautiful fall foliage. Provide own transportation to Barnes Camp Visitor Center, Stowe.

Note about the trail:
Barnes Camp Loop: This newly opened 1.5 mile loop is a great moderate option found in the scenic Smuggler’s Notch. The loop starts at the historic Barnes Camp on the new ADA accessible boardwalk then continues on the white blazed Long Trail. In 0.3 miles, turn right to follow blue blazes towards the picnic area. At the next intersection, hikers continue to the right following the blue blazes towards a stream crossing. After the stream, follow the trail uphill to the intersection with the Long Trail, where you will turn right to follow the white blazes back to Barnes Camp.

The trail is a natural, uneven surface. This is classified as a moderate hike as there are some hills.

 

Tour of The Prints of Rockwell Kent at the Fleming Museum of Art 👥

with Alice Boone
Saturday, October 22, 12:30-2 pm
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30
Explore the woodcuts and other print illustrations of Rockwell Kent, whose iconic designs for Moby Dick, Candide, and popular American adventure magazines are instantly recognizable decades after they were first printed. Provide own transportation to the Fleming Museum, 61 Colchester Ave, Burlington.

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Musee des Beaux Arts: Seeing Loud: Basquiat and Music 💻

with Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Curator
Thursday, October 27, 10:30-11:30 am
Member: $15 Non-Member: $30
In this online presentation, explore the music that shaped Basquiat’s New York which sheds new light on his career as a performer and musician, notably with the band Gray. Examine his painting compositional techniques as they relate to music, and his ties to particular record labels, musicians, cultures and sounds.

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Introduction to Meditation & Mindfulness 💻

with Katherine Robinson
Saturdays, October 29-November 19, 10:30 am-noon
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90
Take a meditative journey to stimulate your brain and learn a variety of meditative, mindfulness and breathing techniques. Explore the benefits of meditation and create a practice that fits your lifestyle.

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Birding & Wellness – A Healing Connection to Nature 💻

with Bridget Butler
Thursday, November 3, 5:30-7 pm
Member: $30 Non-Member: $50
During this unprecedented time, people need daily practices to cope and maintain their well-being. In this online presentation, explore how birding can boost our well-being and stave off stress and anxiety.

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Ukrainian Dessert Traditions: Poppy Seed Sweet Bread & Mulled Winter Punch 💻

with Anna Mays
Friday, November 4, 10:30 am-noon
Member: $20 Non-Member: $35
Join us as we celebrate the diverse dessert traditions of Ukraine. We will learn to make the traditional poppy seed sweet bread, Makoviy Rulet, popular as a holiday dessert or for breakfast or teatime. Between a cake and a bread, sweet breads are yeasted, enriched doughs in the Babka lineage and different versions are made across Ukraine, including woven, round, and rolled shapes, and variations include chocolate, nut, cheese, and fruit fillings. Of the many fillings for sweet breads and pastries, poppy seed is a favorite throughout Eastern and Central Europe. We will learn to make a delicious poppy seed filling that works well for both loaves and buns, using a rich walnut paste, vanilla, and fall apples for brightness. We will also learn to make the spiced honey fruit punch Uzvar, a winter-time favorite that takes advantage of dried fruits and warming spices. As we bake, we will discuss the renowned dessert and hospitality traditions of Ukraine.

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Drawing and Painting for the Terrified, Session 3 💻
No class on November 12. Make up date is TBD

with Michael Strauss
Saturdays, November 5-26, 10 am – noon
Member: $60 Non-Member: $90
Learn about contemporary artists, art history, make your own art and share, discuss, and get critiques of your work and artistic process. Make new art friends in Vermont and around the country as well, all from the comfort of your home.

Materials: Dodson’s Keys to Drawing, vine charcoal (soft), charcoal pencils, erasers (malleable as well as regular), watercolors, watercolor paper, newsprint, pencils, TOMBO black ink brush/pen (No. N-15), water soluble black ink, watercolor brushes. Not all this material is necessary. Details will be discussed at the first class.

Online in ZOOM

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Beginning Yoga 1, Session 4 👥

with Amanda McIntire
Mondays, November 7-28, 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60
Learn the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation in this introductory in-person course on UVM campus. Required equipment: Yoga or exercise mat.

Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)

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Beginning Yoga 1, Session 5 💻

with Amanda McIntire
Wednesdays, November 9-30, 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $40 Non-Member: $60
Learn the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation in this introductory course. Required equipment: Yoga or exercise mat.

Online in ZOOM

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