OLLI St. Albans Spring 2017

The Saint Albans Museum is pleased to host the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute series here in St. Albans during the fall and spring.

Lectures will held be on Wednesdays at 11am in the Bliss Room (third floor), located on the corner of Church and Bishop Streets in St. Albans. The lecture site is handicap accessible with parking available behind the museum.

The Hidden History of Lake Champlain
Presenter: Alex Lehning
February 01, 2017

Lake Champlain has a rich and vibrant economic, social, and military heritage – and its waters have played a critical role in Vermont’s history for hundreds of years. This presentation will explore the ‘hidden history’ of the lake by highlighting several shipwrecks, as well as the people and events that defined the story of our state and our nation.

Genomic Medicine in Vermont
Presenter: Dr. Debra Leonard, MD, Phd
February 08, 2017

Dr. Leonard is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of Vermont (UVM) Larner College of Medicine. She is a leading expert in molecular pathology and genomic medicine, applying our understanding of the human genome (DNA) and pathogen genomes to the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases, including inherited disorders. Genomic medicine involves using genomic information about an individual as part of the patient’s medical care for diagnostic or therapeutic decision makings. Dr. Leonard will examine the progression of this field in Vermont from targeting effective use of cancer treatments to using gene testing for different types of cancer, inherited risk of cancer, and how genes are affected by a person’s response to pharmaceuticals. In three to four years, UVM anticipates using complete genomic testing for patients with specific diseases if proven cost-effective.

The 14th Star Brewery Story
Presenter: Andrea Gagner
February 15, 2017

The 14th Star Brewing Company is a Veteran owned brewery located in the heart of Franklin County. The roots of this St. Albans establishment actually seeded in the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan while founder Steven Gagner was deployed as part of his career with the US Army. Today, the 16,000 square foot facility boasts a brewing capacity of nearly 10,000 barrels per year, a 2800 square foot taproom pub, an event hall, and employs 17 people. The company is well known for being a positive influence in the community and regularly supports many charities with its eye on being a responsible corporate citizen, even as it continues to grow.
Special Note: This presentation will take place at the 14th Star Brewing Company located at 133 North Main Street, St. Albans, Vermont.

The Beauty of Antique Bottles and Their Stories
Presenter: Cheryl Donlon
February 22, 2017

While using a metal detector throughout the area, Cheryl and her husband Bill have found many interesting items from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. They research, clean, and preserve their discoveries and return them to the property’s owners or local historical societies. Cheryl will share her experiences in finding unique antique bottles and the interesting stories behind them. She will also provide guidance for identifying and dating antique bottles.

Hamilton, the Man, and the Music
Presenter: Professor Willard Sterne Randall
March 01, 2017

Drawing on Professor Randall’s 2003 biography, ‘Alexander Hamilton, A Life’ and using excerpts of songs from the hit Broadway play, ‘Hamilton,’ Professor Randall will tell the story of Hamilton’s life and the impact of the play on Hamilton’s reputation and the modern teaching of American history. Professor Randall will have his book available for purchase and signature.

Honey Bees – Hard-working Immigrants
Presenter: Kurt Valenta
March 08, 2017

This presentation takes a look at the world’s smallest domesticated animal with an inside tour of a beehive, looking at the social structure, life cycle and means of communication with which these hard-working insects fulfill their daily activities. Tasked with pollinating many of our food crops while producing honey and wax for our consumption, honeybees play an important role in our lives. But they are under pressure from many of our own activities that are putting their future in peril.

Songs from Vermont, Songs from Ireland, and even some Irish Songs from Vermont!
Presenters: Robert Resnick and Marty Morrisey
March 15, 2017

Popular Vermont Celtic musicians Marty Morrissey and Robert Resnik return to the St. Albans OLLI group with more songs that celebrate the month of St. Patrick and the influence that Irish music has had on Vermont history songs. Lots of instruments and musical fun is guaranteed!

Freaks, Radicals, and Hippies – Counterculture in 1970s Vermont
Presenter: Amanda Gustin
March 22, 2017

The 1970s in Vermont were a time of radical change. Many of the features that are today considered quintessentially Vermont – its politics, its local food movements, and its offbeat culture – have their origins in this period. Amanda Gustin will discuss the results of Vermont Historical Society’s multi-year research project focused on this influential decade in Vermont.

The Unexpected in History – Vermont’s ‘Accidental’ Presidents
Presenter: Marshall M. True
March 29, 2017

Marshall True will look at the careers of Chester A. Arthur (1821-1886) and Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933) to reflect on the role of accident or contingency in shaping the American presidency. Both Arthur and Coolidge (presidents 21 and 30 respectively) made their political careers outside of Vermont. Neither man was particularly well known or powerful when they received the vice-presidential nomination of a divided Republican party. Tragedies (an Assassin’s bullet and a fatal food poisoning) made each man President of the United States, an office that neither had actively sought or especially wanted. How they coped with the problems they inherited and the responsibilities of the presidency provides an interesting angle of vision of how Vermont’s accidental presidents’ shaped our past.

The Most Susceptible Bird: Joel Barber the First Decoy Collector
Presenter: Kory Rogers
April 05, 2017

This presentation will explore the extraordinary life and career of Joel Barber, the pioneering collector and scholar of American Wildfowl. It will focus on the backstories of some of his most significant discoveries.

Climate Change, the Middle East and North Africa, and Future US Diplomacy in a Tough Region
Presenter: Ambassador Robert Ford
April 12, 2017

Ambassador Ford served thirty years in the State Department and Peace Corps, finishing his career as the US Ambassador to Syria from 2011 to 2014. Ambassador Ford also served as the US Ambassador to Algeria from 2006 to 2008. Ambassador Ford is now a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC where he writes and speaks about Iraq, Syria, and North Africa. He is also a fellow at Yale University Jackson Institute where he teaches about Arab politics and diplomacy.

Owls of Vermont
Presenter: Bridget Butler
April 19, 2017

With ten different species of owls found in the state, there’s plenty to hoot about. Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler for a lively presentation on these charismatic birds. You’ll learn where and when to look for owls as well as how to recognize the calls of our most common owls. Bridget will have you hooting by the end of the show. Find out why these birds are so amazing and what you can do to keep owls a part of the Vermont landscape.

Membership Information
Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all sessions of the current semester. Lectures are also open to non-members for a fee of $5 per lecture. Semester membership fees are $40 per individual, or $70 per couple. For membership, complete the form on the site brochure and send with your dues to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Make checks payable to The University of Vermont.