Free Lectures/Events at 1:00 p.m. — All ages are welcome

Weekly Wednesday presentation will be online Zoom meetings through August. No registration is necessary. All ages are welcome. There is no fee.

A link to the Zoom meeting will be provided below the description on the day before the event and on the Home page. On the Wednesday of the event, use the Zoom link or information to join the meeting. 

For recordings of previous talks, click here.

June 2021

6/23: ETHIOPIA TRAVELS with Sheri and Rich Larsen
During their 3-week trip in 2019, there was a lot to see: In the north were the archaeological sites in Axum, wildlife in the Simien mountains, the castles of Gondor, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. A private tour in the south included visiting a number of tribes and the opportunity to observe many interesting birds.

Join Zoom Meeting:
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Meeting ID: 825 1478 2141
Passcode: 541830

6/30: BIKING in the DOLOMITES with Don Porter
Follow a troupe of intrepid bikers on a short sprint in Italy through some of the most beautiful mountain terrain in the world. From the spectacular high alpine meadows of Alpe di Siusi (a UNESCO world heritage site) to the famous and demanding Sella Ronda (a 9,186 ft. altitude change), explore this extraordinarily majestic region on cyclist’s wings. Don Porter is an aspiring outdoor explorer away from his financial advisory desk.

July 2021

7/07: KOLYMA — SIBERIAN ROAD of BONES with Louise McCarren
Located in the Russian Far East, this 1300-mile dirt road from Magadan to Yakutz was built to deliver prisoners to the infamous Gulag. Come along to see and hear Louise’s impressions of this remote area: the cities, both thriving and abandoned, and the resilient residents managing to live in this desolate area.


7/14: SOUTH AFRICA BEFORE MANDELA with Mark Williams
For ages 10-18 in Johannesburg, Mark attended all-white schools, going into the city in all-white train cars. He traveled as well to nearby Soweto, home of a million black Africans, who all carried passports to live and work in a white area. What is the emotional, psychic and moral cost of apartheid?


7/21: WHO WAS MARK ROTHKO? with Linda Finkelstein
Marcus Rotkovitch was born in Dvinsk, Latvia, and immigrated to Portland, Oregon, as a youngster. After being recruited to Yale, he eventually settled in New York City to become a world-renowned abstract painter. His journey will be a journey for all into the spirit of color, form, and space.
Linda Finkelstein is a mixed media artist and former art teacher, with degrees in art history and art education.


7/28: COVID: LESSONS for the FUTURE with Jim Hyde
It’s been 16 months since Vermont issued its first Covid-focused emergency order, beginning an extraordinary period in all of our lives. This is the last in a series of Covid talks that started in July, 2020. What have we have learned from this ongoing experience — the basic science of the disease, the social, behavioral and economic impacts? What does it all mean for the future?
Jim Hyde is a Professor Emeritus of Public Health at the Tufts University School of Medicine and former Director of Preventive Medicine at the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health.


Recorded Talks and Resources

6/16: SHAPE-NOTE SINGING: ORIGINS with David Rosenberg
Shape note singing was America’s first music craze, and after two centuries, it is still going strong. It’s called ‘shape note’ because the musical notes have distinctive shapes and names. Where did this music come from? How does it sound? Who sings it? This program will explain and demonstrate the social and spiritual appeal of shape-note singing.
David has been singing bass in shape-note groups for 12 years. He is coordinator of the Middlebury Shape Note Singers and chair of the 40th Vermont All-Day Sacred Harp Singing for March 2022.

Listen to the recording here.

6/09: CHINESE MEDICINE and ACUPUNCTURE: ANOTHER WORLDVIEW with Molly Fleming, N.D., L.Ac.
This talk will be an introduction to Chinese medical theories and how they allow us to understand the body and its functions in a whole different way: It truly was the first ‘wholistic’ medicine. Acupuncture will be demonstrated, and its use for treating many conditions will be discussed. Bring your questions for a lively interaction.
Dr. Fleming is an acupuncturist who has integrated Chinese medicine with naturopathic medicine for nearly 40 years.

Slides for Talk

What to Expect with Acupuncture

6/02: ENDANGERED ALPHABETS: AN INTRODUCTION with Tim Brookes
More than 85% of the world’s alphabets are in danger of extinction — suppressed, marginalized, excluded from education, sometimes even banned. When they are forced into disuse, centuries — even millennia — of written documents will be incomprehensible to the very culture that created them, and whose identity and value they underwrite.
Tim Brookes, founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project, is the only person on Earth publicizing this loss, and working to prevent it.

Listen to the recorded Zoom talk.