Central Vermont

Spring 2022

Central Vermont OLLI Members Listening to a LectureWelcome to our OLLI Central Vermont program. We are pleased to be resuming in-person programs! This semester, we are offering 9 programs (6 presentations and 3 film showings). Most programs will be held at the Montpelier Senior Activity enter (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 (which includes our OLLI programs), 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 required to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. If you are outdoors, you are invited to mask up if you are in close proximity to others or in a large group. If this 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. UVM’s current face covering guidance can be found here

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 Special! Sign up as a member and attend all 9 programs at the discounted price of $40 indivdiual/$70 couple (any two people)! Single 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 full membership series special (40 individual/$70 couple) or for single lecture(s) ($8 each).

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March 2 (held at MSAC)

Refugee Resettlement in Vermont
Tracy Dolan, Refugee Director

The Vermont State Refugee Office coordinates private and public resources to provide a safe and welcoming home for refugees and immigrants and to promote their full participation in the economic, social, and civic life of Vermont. Dolan will discuss the exciting and humbling task of welcoming an unprecedented number of refugees into Vermont along with the many challenges and opportunities it presents.

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March 9 (held at MSAC)

Joe Picard: Man of the Land
Susan Bettmann, Filmmaker

Bettmann will discuss her series of documentaries about Vermonters and show this film focusing on woodsman Joe Picard who cares for his Middlesex land throughout the seasons. Influenced by his Native American and French-Canadian roots, Joe’s knowledge of the land goes back many generations and shows us a way of life that is fast-disappearing in our modern computer-driven life.

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March 16 (held at MSAC)

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People
Kekla Magoon, Author

National Book Award Finalist Kekla Magoon discusses the research, inspirations, and contemporary context for her nonfiction book exploring the history and legacy of the Black Panther Party.

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March 23 (held at MSAC)

The Climate Crisis: Science and Psychology
Tom Sabo, Sustainability Educator and Members of EARTH Group

Students from the Montpelier High School EARTH Group and VT Youth Lobby will share recent data on climate change as well as their thoughts and concerns relating to the crisis and its impact on their lives and future.

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March 30 (held at MSAC)

Memory and Writing
Reeve Lindbergh, Author

Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of authors/aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, has written several memoirs. She will talk about her own work and that of other writers, including older adults she has taught and helped to self-publish.

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April 6 (held at MSAC)

Why Vermont is What America Wants to Be
Chris Graff, Author and Former Journalist

There is good reason that Jim Jeffords’ 2001 declaration of independence, Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns of 2016 and 2020, and Howard Dean’s presidential campaign of 2004 caught fire with the nation. America hungers for what Vermont has and Vermonters take for granted―which is authentic common-sense leaders. Graff details what makes Vermont special.

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Movie Series

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

Author & Film Guru Rick Winston Presents

Three for the Road

The “road movie” has been a tried-and-true staple of films for almost 100 years. We’ll take a look at three of the many such films.

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April 13

It Happened One Night (1934)

This granddaddy of the genre was directed by Frank Capra and stars Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. It is one of only three films that have won five Academy Awards

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April 20

Wild Strawberries (1957)

Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece, often considered one of the finest films ever made, takes place on a journey from Stockholm to Lund. During the trip, the protagonist comes to an appreciation of his current life by reliving parts of his earlier years.

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April 27

Almost Famous (2000)

Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film is a comedy-drama coming-of-age memoir. Starring Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, it follows a searching teenager who goes on tour with a rock band while trying to have his first major writing published.

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Prefer to pay by check? Complete the form on the site brochure mailed to you or this 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, please call 802-656-5817.

Become a member today!

Membership in the Central Vermont OLLI entitles you to attend programs in our other OLLI sitess throughout Vermont. Your active OLLI semester membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the OLLI on UVM campus programs (many which are offered online).

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

Publicity: Grace Worcester

Hospitality Committee: Priscilla Daggett, Amalia DiStefano

See the above listing in a pdf format. (PDF, opens in a new window)