Fall 2021

OLLI Springfield Members
Mark Breen will return for his 10th annual program on November 30, titled ‘A Mighty Wind: The Hows and Whys of Hurricanes.’ The Senior Meteorologist and Planetarium Director at the Fairbanks Museum is a favorite presenter with his engaging, informative style.

Welcome to our OLLI Springfield program. We are pleased to be resuming in-person programs! This fall our program will be six programs, held at 2pm Tuesday afternoons on the dates listed below at the Nolin Murray Center, next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 40 Pleasant Street, Springfield VT.

Springfield OLLI will be celebrating our 300th program this semester, in our 17th year!

For weather related schedule changes, check the website. Also check SAPA TV, 802-885-6248, Comcast Channels 1077 & 1087, and VTel Cable Channels 160 & 161.

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.

Membership Series Special! Sign up as a member and attend all 6 programs at the discounted price of $30! Single program 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 ($30) or for individual program(s) ($8 each).

September 21

Why Vermont Is What America Wants to Be
Chris Graff, Historian, Journalist and Analyst

Why is it that Vermont leaders touch a nerve with America? Jim Jeffords’ declaration of independence and the presidential campaigns of Howard Dean and Bernie Sanders show that Vermont leaders have an outsized appeal in the country. Hear Chris Graff explain why Vermont is what America wants to be.

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October 5

Bessie’s Story: Watching the Lights Go Out
Tom Farmen, Retired Educator, Author, Outdoor Enthusiast, Dog Lover – accompanied by his Dog Bessie

Hear the inspiring story about a charming brave, unpretentious chocolate Lab who gradually loses her eyesight. The author chronologically leads the reader from the original diagnosis of terminal blindness for his beloved four-year old pet through the two-and-a-half year transition to sightlessness. Witness how Bessie unwittingly becomes an expert mentor and teacher for the high-wire act of growing older with grace and optimism.

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October 19

Why Women Marched: Then and Now
Cyndy Bittinger, Historian, Author, Community College of Vermont Faculty

When women worked to free the enslaved in America, they came to the reality that one reason they lacked power to do that was because they lacked the right to vote. Learn about the long march to obtain the vote which is a chapter of American history with many twists and turns. Of course men are part of that history! Hear historian Cyndy Bittinger tell that story through the Vermont lens and then brings us up to date with what women may want today: the ERA, childcare support, protection from sexual harassment, freedom of choice in reproductive rights, and equal pay.

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November 2

From the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists
Linda Radtke, Soprano with Cameron Steinmetz, Accompanist

Join singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and “Votes for Women” sash, to celebrate the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Music was essential to the movement: each state convention of suffragists began and ended with songs such as “Shall Women Vote?” “New America,” “Giving the Ballot to the Mother” or “Voting as We Pray,” as well as rousing Christian hymns. Listen as Radtke also traces the movement’s alignment with other social justice initiatives such as temperance, labor conditions, wage equity, peace, and children’s welfare.

Touring the state in 1870, suffragist Lucy Stone urged resistant citizens to see women’s involvement in civic life as “Enlarged Housekeeping,” expanding women’s traditional efforts to nurture hearth and home to a wider focus to improve the greater community.

Both the songs and stories in Radtke’s engaging presentation, accompanied by pianist Cameron Steinmetz, highlight Vermonters’ efforts from 1840-1921, as they lobbied in churches, at “parlor meetings,” at town halls and at the State House for total enfranchisement.

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November 16

Your Fake News is My Absolute Truth: Tribal Politics
Jon Margolis, Author, Free-Lance Journalist

We’ll get a journalist’s off-beat look at tribal politics and the coverage thereof. An overlook will include a pandemic and a global heat wave that some think do not exist, election results still disputed, a racial dialogue (or rival monologues) both overdue and resisted, politics in America (and even in Vermont) so tribalized that the public can not agree on facts, much less on policy. Presentation will be an examination from neither tribe.

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November 30

A Mighty Wind: The Hows and Whys of Hurricanes
Mark Breen, Senior Meteorologist and Planetarium Director, Fairbanks Museum

Hurricanes have always maintained a reputation of fury and destruction, and in recent years have been viewed through the lens of climate change. These tropical denizens are amazingly powerful, yet uncharacteristically fragile. Hear Mark Breen, senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum, share a look into a hurricane’s formation, development, and life cycle. We’ll also examine a look at their history in New England, as well as what the future may hold.

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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 05401

PLEASE NOTE: Allow 10-14 days from date of mailing check to receipt & processing.
For registration assistance, please call 802-656-5817.

Download Springfield’s Fall 2021 OLLI program brochure (PDF, opens in a new window)Become a member today!

Membership in the Springfield OLLI entitles members to attend programs in our other 7 OLLIs 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).