Osher Fall Semester Programs

submitted by Springfield Osher Lifelong Learning

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Springfield, associated with the University of Vermont, announces its Fall 2009 semester line-up of interesting programs.

The local committee of volunteers began working with the state director of the program, Deborah Worthley, from the University of Vermont, over six years ago, and has built this educational opportunity geared towards Seniors 50 years and older into a vibrant, exciting and well-attended lecture series.

Working from suggestions from the members, the committee contacts presenters on a wide variety of topics from local and state history, to art and literature, to gardening and science, to wellness and some, just humorous ones.

Presenting nine programs each in a fall and spring semester, the Institute has provided 11 semesters of programs (five and a half years since they started) and on September 1st will be celebrating its 100th program with an engaging speaker, Crescent Dragonwagon, author of cookbooks, fiction, and non-fiction and an inspirational speaker, who will weave heritage and personal stories around the theme of her newest book, Everything I Need to Know in Life, I Learned From Cornbread.

After the program there will be refreshments served along the theme of cornbread which will enhance the speaker's presentation.

The other programs this semester are Bird Migration, New England Indian Wars, 1927 Vermont Flood and Its Aftermath, Slavery in Vermont's Colonial and Early Statehood Eras, Cuba: Past and Present, A Veteran Returns to Vietnam, Slate Industry, Prehistory & Archaeology of the Great Falls (Bellows Falls Area).

The programs draw attendees from a wide 30 mile radius - from Plymouth and Cavendish, to Bellows Falls, Saxtons River, Weathersfield, Chester, and Springfield, and Charlestown, Claremont and Newport, NH.

It is hoped that all those people interested in rekindling their passion for lifelong learning will join the Osher members for this celebration. If you have attended a few programs in the past, or thought about coming, please join the group to see what all the excitement has been about and why members keep returning to the programs and enjoy learning "just for the fun of it!!"

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