Lamoille Valley

Fall 2022

Bob Manning speaking at an Lamoille Valley OLLI eventWelcome to our OLLI Lamoille Valley program. This semester our program will be nine lectures, held at 1:00 pm Wednesday afternoons on the dates listed below at the Stowe Cinema 3Plex, 454 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT.

For weather related schedule changes, check the website, listen to WDEV 550 AM or WLVB 93.9 FM.

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 9 lectures at the discounted price of $45! 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 ($45 individual) 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 7, 2022

Exploring the Outer Limits of the Universe
with Bobby Farlice-Rubio
1-2 pm

NASA launched the most powerful telescope ever put in space. Our technology has evolved to the point where we are now frequently observing things that were once purely theoretical. Just three years go, radio astronomers managed to snap an image of a Black Hole for the firs 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 lesson, we will explore the latest discoveries and if we can come to new understanding of the increasingly strange nature of the Universe.

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September 15, 2022

FBI Healthcare Fraud Overview & Prosecution of Executives at Insys Therapeutics
with Paul Baumrind
1-2 pm

The presentation will discuss how the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigates healthcare fraud. Additionally, the presentation will include the first in the country prosecution of pharmaceutical executives for their role related to the opioid epidemic.

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September 28, 2022

Long Walk on the Camino de Santiago
with Steven Light
1-2 pm

In the summer of 2018 Kathy and Steven Light (of the Fyre and Lightening Consort) walked the entire Camino Frances de Santiago, over 500 miles. Starting in France, over the Pyrenees, through the Basque country and on to Finisterre on the Atlantic coast. During 40 days of walking they met fellow “pilgrims” and many locals. Their presentation touches on their personal experiences, the various modern interpretations of being a pilgrim and the medieval history of the Camino. They will accompany their talk by performing medieval and traditional music from northern Spain on voices, Galician bagpipes, harp, lute, guitar, recorders, whistle and clarinet.

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October 12, 2022

World of the Lake Champlain Canal Boat Community
with Scott McLaughlin
1-2 pm

The life of northern canalers was one of a curious blend of domestic and nomadic existence. Unlike the typical mariner, northern canalers consisted of individuals ranging in age from infants to grandparents, all of whom made their home as well as their living on the inland waterways spanning from New York City to Quebec City. Come learn about who these people were, what they transported, and how they established a unique community in the Champlain Valley between 1819 and 1940.

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October 19, 2022

Mt. Mansfield Electric Railroad: Waterbury to Stowe
with P. Howard Flanders
1-2 pm

This is a presentation on the electric railroad from Waterbury to Stowe constructed in 1897 and operated until 1932. The program tells the story of construction and operation of the railroad with a collection of old photos and newspaper articles. This was the last operating electric railroad totally within Vermont. Much of the railroad right of way was used in the construction of the concrete Route 100 highway from Waterbury to Stowe in 1932.

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October 26, 2022

New Models for Immigration in VT and the US
with Pablo Bose
1-2 pm

In this presentation, learn about efforts to revitalize the US refugee resettlement program after years of cuts, focused primarily on newer destinations in Vermont like Brattleboro, Montpelier and Bennington. Find out in particular about partnerships between federal agencies, local communities and private philanthropic organizations to spearhead a community sponsorship model, focusing on how to evaluate expectations and outcomes for refugees, resettlement agencies, and local volunteers. The focus will be on both existing refugee populations and the newest arrivals, including Afghans.

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November 2, 2022

Out of the Shadows of History
With Cynthia Bittinger
1-2 pm

We will revisit the subjects of my book which described overlooked Vermonters who were activists and inspirational heroes. We will update this history while looking around the state at Black Lives Matter signs and learning of tax exemptions for tribal lands and a new constitutional amendment that protects “personal reproductive liberty.”

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November 9, 2022

Star of Bethlehem
With Mark Breen
1-2 pm

During the Christmas holiday season, we see images and figurines, and hear songs about three wise men following a star to Bethlehem. Did this really happen? Countless astronomers, philosophers, and theologians have examined the account in the Gospel of Matthew, other historical accounts of the time, and combined this with our knowledge of astronomy. Retrace these investigations, offering a fascinating exploration of history and astronomy. Was the Star of Bethlehem real? Let’s find out!

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November 16, 2022 – Rescheduled date

The Parkinson’s Pantomime Project
with Robert Mermin
1-2 pm

Founder of Circus Smirkus, trained with legendary mime Marcel Marceau before embarking on a 40 year career in the theater and circus worlds. He will talk about how he adapts basic pantomime and circus techniques to help people with Parkinson’s cope with movement limitations. These techniques include visualization, body language, non – verbal communication, articulation of gesture, and creative use of imagery and space. Rob will discuss his experiences and demonstrate fun methods and tricks he uses in his workshop.

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

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 Lamoille Valley 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.

Steering Committee Members:

Adi Barnett
Lynn Baumrind
Barbara Cunningham
Mary Evslin
Helen Lewis
Ann Spearing
Renee Wahler
Scott Weathers
Mary West

Download the Lamoille Valley brochure (PDF, opens in a new window)