Central Vermont

Fall 2022

Central Vermont OLLI Members Listening to a LectureWelcome to our OLLI Central Vermont program. This semester, we are offering 11 programs (8 presentations and 3 film showings). The presentations will be held at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center (MSAC) 58 Barre Street, Montpelier. The Rick Winston films will be shown at the Savoy Theater, 26 Main Street in Montpelier.

Programs will not take place when the Montpelier schools are cancelled for weather. You may call 802-272-1706 to confirm.

Programs take place on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. (including films).

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.

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

Semester Membership: Sign up as a member and attend all 10 programs at the discounted price of $40 individual/$70 couple (any two people)! Single lecture fee is $8 each.

It’s fast and easy to register online! Just 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 ($40 individual/$70 couple) or for individual lecture(s) ($8 each).

If you prefer, you can pay by credit card over the phone; simply call our UVM OLLI office at 802-656-5817 during regular business hours.

September 21 (held at MSAC)

The US Senate from the Inside: Perspectives of a Former Congressional Staffer
Diane Derby, Former Aide

Derby will share insights from her 20 years of service as a staffer to Sens. James Jeffords and Patrick Leahy noting how extreme partisanship has obstructed the Senate’s ability to govern effectively. She will discuss how the events of Jan. 6, 2021 have changed the functions of daily governing from a staffer’s perspective and will encourage conversation about what might change in DC to make Congress more responsive to the needs of all Americans.

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September 28 (held at MSAC)

The Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Vermont
Maudean Neill, Author and Genealogist

Finding an old family photo of people in the white robes of the KKK led Neill to research the topic and ultimately resulted in her 1989 book Fiery Crosses in the Green Mountains:The Story of the KKK in Vermont. Neill will share her photos and stories.

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October 5 (held at MSAC)

Capturing the Moment
Jeb Wallace-Brodeur, Photographer

A look at the work of this well-known Times Argus photographer. How to find new images on a daily basis? How to decide what will be of interest, what is possible to shoot? Where do the ideas come from?

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October 19 (held at MSAC)

Homelessness is Everyone’s Problem
Rick DeAngelis, Co-Executive Director, Good Samaritan Haven

We will consider the roots of homelessness in our country and how it impacts those who are homeless and our entire rural Vermont community. Current and historical efforts to address homelessness will be reviewed with special emphasis on Vermont during the COVID pandemic. Finally, we will discuss the challenge facing each one of us “to welcome the stranger.”

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October 26 (held at MSAC)

Backyard Birding Basics
Sean Beckett, Program Director, North Branch Nature Center

This talk is a how-to guide to observing birds in your backyard or out the window. You will learn about useful tools, as well as the ethics and strategies of attracting and identifying local birds. This talk will prepare you to participate in the National Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count.

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November 2 (held at MSAC)

Our Better Nature: Hopeful Excursions in Saving Biodiversity
Curt Lindberg, Co-founder of VT Alliance of Half-Earth

In the face of constant and staggering news about the decline of our natural world, Lindberg co-founded the VT Alliance of Half-Earth and co-edited a book of Vermont stories and essays which inspire hope in Vermont’s many efforts to protect its biodiversity. He will share lessons learned and ways we can participate.

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November 9 (held at MSAC)

Applied Public Health: Balancing Public Health Guidance During a Pandemic
Mark Levine, MD, VT Health Commissioner

Dr. Levine will discuss the very difficult decision-making process that has to balance public health guidance with mandates, economics, and mental health during the Covid- 19 pandemic.

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November 16 (held at MSAC)

An Artist Walks the Camino de Santiago
Susan Abbott, Artist

Abbott will present an artist’s perception of this 500-mile walk on the ancient pilgrimage route, El Camino de Santiago, and share her sketches and photographs from the trip.

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The OLLI Rick Winston Film Series

The films described below will be shown at the Savoy Theater in Montpelier 1:30-3:30pm

Author & Film Historian Rick Winston Presents

Films from Henry James Novels

Though Henry James (1843-1916) is considered to be a challenging prose stylist, several excellent films have been adapted from his works.

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November 30

The Heiress (1949)

Based on his novella, Washington Square, this tale of a wealthy woman courted for her wealth starts Olivia deHavilland and Montgomery Clift.

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December 7

The Innocents (1961)

Based on the novella Turn of the Screw, this psychological thriller stars Deborah Kerr and Michael Redgrave.

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December 14

The Bostonians (1984)

Set in 1880s Boston and created by the well-known team of Merchant, Ivory, and Jhabvala, this romantic drama is a period piece replete with passions acknowledge and not.

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Prefer to pay by check? Complete the form on the site brochure mailed to you or this OLLI 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

PLEASE NOTE: Allow 10-14 days from date of mailing check to receipt & processing.

For registration assistance or to pay by phone using your credit card, please call our UVM OLLI office at 802-656-5817 during regular business hours.

Become a member today!

Membership in the Central Vermont OLLI entitles you to attend programs at our other OLLI sites 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.

Central Vermont Program Committee: Ginny Callan, Michelle Champoux, Edie Miller, Bob Rosenfeld, Mary Just Skinner, Grace Worcester

Publicity: Grace Worcester

Hospitality Committee: Priscilla Daggett, Amalia DiStefano

Download the above OLLI Central VT listing. (PDF, opens in a new window)