Fall 2022

OLLI Springfield Members
Springfield OLLI enjoyed learning about Abenaki culture & history from Bobby Farlice-Rubio.

Welcome to our OLLI Springfield program. This semester our program will be six lectures, 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 05156.

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, 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 $35 individual! 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 ($35 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 20

Luigi Lucioni: Modern Light
Katie Wood Kirchhoff, Curator, Shelburne Museum

Dubbed Vermont’s “Painter Laureate” by Life magazine in 1937, Luigi Lucioni was a twentieth-century realist painter and printmaker best known for his scenes of Vermont. Join Shelburne Museum curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff for a conversation about the artist, his work, and a new publication and exhibition on display at Shelburne Museum June 25-October 16, 2022.

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October 4

Mary Lou Williams: Composer, Pianist, Pioneer
Erik Nielsen, Composer, Music Historian

Mary Lou Williams was one of the foremost jazz musicians of the 20th century. She is not as well known in the list of important Black American composers as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker or William Grant Still, but she deserves to rank with all of them. Not only was she a great arranger, composer and pianist, highly respected among her peers, in a jazz world dominated by men, but she created choral and large ensemble works that bridged jazz and concert music. As if that weren’t enough, she mentored and encouraged young musicians such as Parker and Thelonious Monk to explore new paths, and continued such mentoring work right up to her death in 1981. We’ll learn how her influence continues today through some of the contemporary Black women composers who are her heirs.

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October 18

Another Election? Already?
Jon Margolis, Author, Free-Lance Journalist

Yes, it does seem as though political campaigns never cease, or at least blend into one another. Some folks are still fighting over 2020 as the 2022 election approaches, with 2024 seeming to loom right around the corner. Can this hodgepodge mean anything, in Vermont or around the country? Let’s try to find out.

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November 1

Yankee Spy! New Hampshire’s Jonathan Hale in the Civil War
Alan Rumrill, Director, Cheshire County Historical Society, Keene, NH

Cheshire County native Jonathan Davis Hale left NH to seek his fortune in the mid-1800s. He gained wealth in his adopted state of Tennessee, only to lose it all when the Civil War began because of his support for the Union. Consequently, he served as a spy for the Union throughout the war. His amazing life story is a tale of wealth, happiness, patriotism, danger, loss, and, finally, heartbreak and poverty.

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November 15

Traditional Hand Tool Crafts, Wood Types and Local Forest History
Wade Smith, Mill Hollow Craft School, Keene, NH

To many people today, traditional hand tools are objects screwed to the wall of a museum, or decorating a rustic coffee table – used to tell young people how hard life was in the old days. But these tools – broadaxes, adzes, drawknives, handsaws, etc. – were at the technologically-advanced end of thousands of years of development, and made this little corner of the United States famous around the world. With a little understanding and practice, New England-made hand tools from the 19th century are very efficient tools, worthy of space in the modern toolbox. We will discuss the history of the raw materials, including the types of woods used, and a bit of background about the types of forests in our region. We’ll compare toolmaking of New England before and after the Industrial Revolution. We’ll observe demonstrations of the use of some of these original tools, and attendees will even have the chance to try the tools that they may remember their grandparents using.

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November 29

The Beauty and Poetry of the Heavens: The Ancient Teachings of Aratus
Mark Breen, Planetarium Director and Senior Meteorologist, Fairbanks Museum

Astronomy has inspired and informed almost every type of expression you can imagine, from visual arts, to music, and the written word, to say nothing of the range of sciences and mathematics. Each of them has created an avenue to explore, understand, and appreciate the universe from an infinite number of viewpoints, often complimenting and enhancing each other. An early, wonderfully rich example of this is found in Phaenomena, by the Greek poet Aratus, written about 280 BCE. Mark Breen provided the commentary and context for the newly minted edition of the ancient text, designed, illustrated, and printed by his friend Claire Van Vliet. Breen will use the illustrations and excerpts from this new book to guide you through the heavens in the very same way Aratus did over 2 millennia ago.

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

Download Springfield’s Fall 2022 OLLI program brochure (PDF, opens in a new window)

Become a member today!

Membership in the Springfield OLLI entitles you to attend programs in 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.