Brattleboro Area

Fall 2022

Welcome to our OLLI Brattleboro Area program.  We are pleased to be resuming our OLLI program! This semester our program will be a 3-part series, held from 10 am to 12:30 pm Mondays on the dates listed below at the Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Road, Putney, VT.

DIRECTIONS: Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill Road* in the village center in Putney, VT, directly across the street from the Putney General Store; 15 minutes north of Brattleboro, just off Exit 4 of Interstate 91. From the exit, follow the signs for the village, proceeding north on Route 5 (Main Street) until you see the Putney General Store. You may park on Main Street, and there is ample free parking located just north of the Putney General Store in the Basketville/Putney Mountain Winery lot.**

*GPS USERS BEWARE: If you are using GPS to get to 15 Kimball Hill Rd., Putney, be aware that some units may erroneously direct you to another village. To avoid this, you may wish to use 133 Main Street, Putney, VT as your GPS destination.

**Please refrain from parking in front of the Putney General Store or in The Gleanery Restaurant parking lot as these parking spaces are needed for their patrons.

Health & Safety: 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.

In case of inclement weather, please listen to 96.7 WTSA-FM or consult, or visit our Facebook page (Brattleboro Area Osher Lifelong Learning Institute-OLLI).

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS! We can no longer take any payments at the door/onsite. All attendees/members must pre-register prior to the start of the program.  

Semester Membership: Sign up as a member and attend the full 3-part series for $20! Individual lecture fee is $8 each.

To register, click on the “REGISTER NOW” button below and you will be brought to our online system where you can register using your credit card for the semester membership ($20) or for individual lecture(s) ($8 each).

Helping Poor People in Poor Countries: What Works

Presented by Jim Levinson

This 3-part program examines the primary problems and determinants of these problems in countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America with special attention to young children and reproductive-age women. What progress has been made, and with what approaches?

Mondays, 10 am – 12:30 pm on the following 3 dates:

October 3, 2022:

  1. Which countries in the world are in the worst trouble…and why? What’s been done to address the problem by the U.S., the U.N., and NGOs and how has this assistance evolved over the past 70 years? How does U.S. spending on foreigh aid and military aid compare? What progress has been made? What has been the effect of climate change, conflict and COVID?
  2. When children and reproductive-age mothers are undernourished, what are the immediate causes and how can these be addressed? e.g.
    1. Infectious disease
    2. Inadequate caloric intake
    3. Inadequate micronutrient intake

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October 10, 2022:

  1. When children and reproductive-age mothers are undernourished, what are the underlying causes and how can they be addressed? e.g.
    1. Food insecurity; poverty
    2. Problematic child caring and self-care practices; education shortcomings
    3. Poor water/sanitation/hygiene (WASH)
    4. Inadequate health services
  2. Is it a good idea to try changing behaviors? And if yes, how would well-meaning development workers go about it?

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October 17, 2022:

  1. An interesting tool: Positive deviance. What does it mean and how can we use it? The example of Egypt.
  2. Three case studies: Peru, Brazil and Bangladesh.

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PRESENTER INFORMATION: Jim Levinson has been working in these countries since 1965 and has served on the faculty of New England universities since 1971 (MIT, Tufts, and the Boston University School of Public Health). He also served as Director of Nutrition of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington and worked with UNICEF, FAO, WHO, the World Bank, and Save the Children. He served as spiritual leader of Jewish synagogues in New England for 25 years and is actively involved in Compassionate Brattleboro.

Jim has also been a classical music addict since the age of 4, and so, since there’s a piano on the stage of the Next Stage Arts Project, 20 minutes of each session will be devoted to a music quiz—these are dedicated in honor of Ede Thomas. Jim is contributing his fee for these lectures to Calcutta Kids, a maternal child health program in the slums of India, started by his son.

Prefer to pay over the phone?  Just call our UVMOLLI office at 802-656-5817 during regular business hours to register with your credit card.

If you would like to pay by check (PLEASE NOTE: must allow 10-14 days from date of mailing check to receipt & processing): Complete the form on the site brochure mailed to you or download this registration form (PDF, opens in a new window) and send with your check payment (made out to The University of Vermont) to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05405

QUESTIONS: For questions about the program or Brattleboro Area Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, please call Ruby McAdoo at 802-387-5593, or e-mail

Become a member today!

Membership in the Brattleboro Area OLLI entitles members to attend programs in our other OLLIs throughout Vermont. And, if you are currently a paid member of a statewide site (Fall or Spring only), you can take OLLI UVM campus programs at the member rate; just call 802-656-5817 to get the special discount code to use when registering for a UVM campus class.

Brattleboro Area Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is sponsored locally by Next Stage Arts Project and Putney Community Cares