Fall 2023

Welcome to our OLLI Rutland program. This semester program will be six lectures and one musical event (seven total presentations), held from 1:30-3pm on the following dates: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/7, and 11/17.

The presentations on 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 and 11/17 will be at The Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland, VT. All presentations at the Godnick Center take place on Fridays.

The presentation on Tuesday, November 7 will be at the Paramount Theater, 30 Center St, Rutland. Please note the different location and day of the week for this presentation.

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.

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

Semester Membership: Sign up as a member and attend all 7 presentations at the discounted price of $25! 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 ($25) or for individual lecture(s) ($8 each).

Friday, October 6, 2023

Vermont: Small State with a Big Influence
with Former Governor James Douglas

Former Governor Jim Douglas will present a program and discussion regarding Vermonters who have made contributions to the nation’s history. With this being the 100th anniversary of President Calvin Coolidge’s swearing–in as US president in his Vermont home, it is an extremely timely topic.



Friday, October 13, 2023

Wildlife Through the Lens
with Steve Costello

Steve Costello will explain his transformation from journalist to wild life photographer. His work to help restore endangered species has sparked this transition. His goal is to use the illusion of proximity, so the subject is “right there” with the viewer, creating a sense of intimacy with wildlife.



Friday, October 20, 2023

Rutland City Highlights
with Rutland Mayor Michael Doenges

Six months in office, Rutland Mayor Michael Doenges will share how things are going in our small city, re-capping some of the highlights and challenges of his administration. He will discuss steps that are being taken to build Rutland’s economy in these challenging times.



Friday, October 27, 2023

Roaring Twenties
with Cynthia Bittinger

It has been 100 years since Calvin Coolidge was sworn in at his Vermont homestead. With Coolidge historian Cynthia Bittinger let’s look back at the Roaring Twenties, a time of great economic growth, but intense cultural conflicts. The era is worth studying, as it set the tone for the American century.



Friday, November 3, 2023

Vermont Geology
with Helen Mango

The geologic history of Vermont covers more than a billion years, and involves the formation of just about every kind of rock. In this talk, Helen Mango, retired Castleton geology and chemistry professor, will show how mountain-building events, erosion, and glaciation all combined to create the landscape and resources we see today.



Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Paramount History
with Scott Kaufman and Eric Mallette

NOTE: This presentation will be held at the Paramount Theater, 30 Center St, Rutland.

Scott Kaufman, Rutland Historical Society Volunteer Director, and Eric Mallette, Executive Director of the Paramount Theater, will discuss The Paramount’s Past, Present, and Future, followed by a “Theater Magic” presentation on stage.



Friday, November 17, 2023

Nordic Harmoni Holiday Concert
with Nordic Harmoni

We welcome back Nordic Harmoni , which is a Scandinavian chorus based in Southern Vermont. They enjoy sharing their heritage, music, and traditions, and is a musical event sure to delight.



Prefer to pay by check? Complete the form on the site brochure mailed to you or complete 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
23 Mansfield Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

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

For registration assistance, please call 802-656-5817.

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.

Download Rutland’s Fall 2023 OLLI program brochure (PDF, opens in a new window)

Become a member today!

Membership in the Rutland 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.

Rutland Program Committee: Patricia Goetz, Kathy Hall, Judy Hall, Bob Perkins, Janice Ryan, Mary Segale, Dan Susina, Debbie Scranton, Pat Harrison, Sandra Gartner, and Ernie and Melanie Clerihew