Wednesday, April 23, 2014
92nd ST Y's Meeting of the Minds: On Compassion

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Hubbard Hall Matinee - Of Mice and Men

Friday, August 8, 2014
The 2014 Summer Ball - Literary License
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War Horse
Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Burr & Burton Academy, Riley Center
Fee: $18 adults; $12 seniors; $9 students
Description: Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, this presentation by National Theatre Live of War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Tickets are available online at bbatickets.com



Introduction to Digital Photography
Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Burr & Burton Academy, Smith Center Media Studio
Fee: $75
Description: This four-week class will help those new to photography and the digital world as well as photographers who want to hone their photography skills. The class will cover camera control and compositional skills needed to make your images come alive and stand out as works of art. An introduction to Adobe Photoshop and other editing software programs will also be covered. There will be weekly assignments and discussions. Equipment needed: any digital camera.

Alex Vincent has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and an educator for the past 15. His work encompasses fine art, architectural, commercial, portraits, landscapes, and travel. Alex has exhibited his work in numerous magazines and national galleries. He is currently teaching photography, digital media and graphic design at Burr and Burton Academy.

Thursdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27



Francaise Made Simple
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 5:45-9pm
Location: Manly Residence, Dorset
Fee: $45
Description: Rick Warnecke of the Dorset Union Store will cook up a classic menu of easy-to-prepare Chicken Francaise, Herbed Mashed Potatoes, Seasoned Vegetables and Dessert. Comfort food at its best! A seated dinner with wine will follow. Space is limited.

New England Tote Basket
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 12-4pm
Location: TBA
Fee: $65
Description: SOLD OUT
The perfect basket for taking to the market, library, or running errands. Built on a 12 by 6 inch base, this basket has 12 inch walls. Color accent weavers and Shaker tape handles give a unique touch to the basket. Choose from cranberry, navy, dark green or brown. All materials will be provided.

Joy Stewart has been weaving baskets for 18 years. Beginning as a hobby, her love of basket weaving grew into an opportunity to share the joy of her experience with others.



The Art of Seeing Through a Lens
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: Dorset Church
Fee: $15 or 2 for $20
Description: What often distinguishes a mediocre image from a great one is lighting and composition. This course will teach the process of the “art of seeing the image.” The focus will be on capturing the best possible image through the lens of either a traditional film or digital camera and is open to the beginner and the intermediate photographer.

John Schaub is a professional photographer. He has served as a photographic consultant for non-profit groups, corporations, authors and individuals in the New York Metropolitan area. He also ran photographic workshops for United Parcel Service Northeast Region’s Communications Department, Nassau Council of Girl Scouts, C.W. Post – L.I.U., and Southern Vermont Arts Center.



92nd ST Y's Meeting of the Minds: On Compassion
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 4:30-6 pm
Location: Israel Congregation of Manchester
Fee: $10
Description: Join two of the world’s preeminent interfaith scholars and historians in a lively and provocative conversation about compassion and its crucial place in both modern and ancient times. How do we lead compassionate lives? Why should we care? What has happened historically when we allow compassion’s opposite, the ego, to take over? Karen Armstrong and Thomas Cahill will explore these questions.

Karen Armstrong is the author of The Case for God and The Great Transformation. Thomas Cahill’s bestselling books include How the Irish Saved Civilization and Mysteries of the Middle Ages. Jennifer Krause is the author of The Answer: Making Sense of Life, One Question at a Time.

The screening will be followed by a brief discussion.



THE ROAD TO BIDDING SLAMS with Elizabeth von Riesenfelder
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: 2-4 pm
Location: Equinox Village
Fee: $75
Description: It’s amazing how many great opportunities are missed to bid slams! Some conventions can help you get there; sometimes just counting your combined strength guides you to a slam. Using the Roman Keycard Blackwood gives you more detailed information whether to bid a slam, and in certain cases only Control Bids keep you out of a bad slam.

Wear your thinking cap and sharpen up your memory! Plenty of new ideas to keep you on your toes!

Recommended for players already familiar with basic bidding.

Elizabeth von Riesenfelder is an American Contract Bridge League accredited teacher and member of the American Bridge Teachers’ Association. She is also a certified game director and Bronze Life Master. She has been teaching for ten years with Green Mountain Academy and is running a duplicate game in Manchester for intermediate and newer players.

Thursdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10



Working witth Wood: A Shaker Bench Workshop
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 9am-2pm
Location: Arlington Memorial High School
Fee: $90
Description: This workshop is designed for any beginner wanting to learn basic woodworking skills and procedures. Students will learn how to use a miter saw, jig saw, orbital sander, router and portable drill and build a Shaker bench measuring approximately 30” long by 12” wide by 19” high. The class will have the option of painting or staining the bench or leaving it unfinished. This class is designed for individuals that have never attempted building furniture but have always wanted to give it a try. Class size is limited to 8 students.

Tim Stewart is a technology education teacher at Arlington Memorial High School. He has spent the past 27 years teaching woodworking, drafting and manufacturing at AMHS. Tim graduated from Keene State College in 1987 with a teaching degree in Industrial Arts.



Trip to the Hyde Collection
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: 10:30am-4:30pm
Location: The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY
Fee: $75
Description: The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY is an art museum with an extraordinary collection of over 3,300 objects that span the history of Western art - Olde Masters to new masters. Join us for a guided tour of three exhibits. Winter Light features selections from the collection of Thomas Clark, which include 20 winter landscape paintings; the early works of Ansel Adams will offer a fresh look at key photographic images by the artist from the 1920s through the 1950s; and Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography. Space is limited.

The trip includes transportation by bus, which will depart from the parking lot of St. Paul’s Catholic Church on Bonnet Street in Manchester promptly at 10:30 am. Lunch will be provided by Celia’s Table in Glens Falls. We expect to return to Manchester by 4:30 pm.



Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo -CANCELLED
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 2-3:30 pm
Location: Equinox Village
Fee: $10
Description: Frank Lloyd Wright is considered America’s greatest architect but his genius was often overshadowed by scandal and tragedy. As friends and clients deserted him because of his scandalous lifestyle, one man, Buffalo businessman Darwin Martin, stood by him and supported him emotionally and financially for 30 years. Frank Lloyd’s Wright’s Buffalo is the story of that friendship.

Shirley Perlman is a retired journalist who teaches at the State University of New York at Albany. She also has held adjunct positions at C.W. Post College on Long Island, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and New York University.

"We're not in Oklahoma! anymore" - The Changing Face of the American Musical
Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Time: 5:30-7 pm
Location: Burr & Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room
Fee: $15 or 2 for $20
Description: Weston's Steve Stettler leads an entertaining and informative session on the development of America's unique contribution to the theatre, the musical. Following a brief history of the early days of operetta and the Golden Age of Rodgers and Hammerstein, we will look at the way that subject matter, cast and orchestration, choreography, and - most significantly - the book and score of musicals have evolved, with samples from such contemporary classics as Rent, Next to Normal, Sweeney Todd, The Light in the Piazza, Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.

Steve Stettler is the Producing Artistic Director of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. His directing credits range from the world premiere of the chamber version of Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza at Weston to a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel at the Norwegian state theatre in Oslo. The creator and director of Weston's nationally recognized New Works Programs, Steve just completed two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and is past co-chair of the Committee for its annual Festival of New Musicals in NYC.



BERRY DELICIOUS PIES with Gloria Palmer
Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 1-4 pm
Location: Dorset Church
Fee: $30
Description: Green Mountain Academy’s Executive Director Gloria Palmer is also an expert pie baker and will share her love of pies in this baking class. Using a recipe for an easy butter crust and a variety of berries, students will mix and assemble the pie in class and take it home to bake. Bring a large wooden board and rolling pin. All other supplies will be provided.



Big Sky, Big Money - CANCELLED
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Time: 2-3:30 pm
Location: Equinox Village
Fee: $10
Description: In Big Sky, Big Money PBS's Frontline, in collaboration with American Public Media’s Marketplace, travels to Montana for a close look at the campaign finance debate and how the Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision has changed political campaigns in the U.S. Montana became the epicenter of the debate when it tried to challenge the ruling in court. The investigation into alleged campaign violations becomes a tale of money, politics and intrigue.

Shirley Perlman is a retired journalist who teaches at the State University of New York at Albany. She also has held adjunct positions at C.W. Post College on Long Island, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and New York University.

Leaving No Nation Behind: Putting Poverty and Sustainable Development at the Center
Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Maple Street School
Fee: $Free
Description: In the first of the three part lecture series, “The World We Want: Goals and Challenges in Peace and Development in the United Nations.” Neil Pierre, Chief of Policy Coordination at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, will give a sense of the evolution of the Millennium Development Goals from 2000 to now, and the current thinking for the post-2015 universal development agenda now being conceived. Two important intervening milestones will be touched on, namely, the Monterey Conference and the Rio+20 Conference. Pierre will also discuss the links between peace, security, human rights and development, as well as the importance of governance and institutional arrangements at the national and global levels.

The views expressed during the lecture series are not necessarily those of the UN or UNITAR.

The series is presented by Mark Skinner Library and sponsored by the Equinox Village, Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning, Maple Street School, and Northshire Bookstore.

TO REGISTER, CONTACT THE MARK SKINNER LIBRARY
802-549-4577 or events@markskinnerlibrary.org.



92nd ST Y's Meeting of the Minds: On Compassion
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time: 4:30-6 pm
Location: Israel Congregation of Manchester
Fee: $$10
Description: Join two of the world’s preeminent interfaith scholars and historians in their lively and provocative conversation about compassion and its crucial place in both modern and ancient times. Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning and Israel Congregation will screen the discussion between Karen Armstrong and Thomas Cahill on Wednesday, April 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Israel Congregation.

How do we lead compassionate lives? Why should we care? What has happened historically when we allow compassion’s opposite, the ego, to take over? Karen Armstrong and Thomas Cahill will explore these questions.

Karen Armstrong is the author of The Case for God and The Great Transformation. Thomas Cahill’s bestselling books include How the Irish Saved Civilization and Mysteries of the Middle Ages. Jennifer Krause is the author of The Answer: Making Sense of Life, One Question at a Time.



The Call for Peace and Security
Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Mark Skinner Library
Fee: $Free
Description: Eduardo Ulibarri, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations, presents the second lecture of "The World We Want: Goals and Challenges in Peace and Development in the United Nations” lecture series. According to the President of the UN General Assembly, “The international community is about to embark on the task of defining a post-2015 Development Agenda with the overarching goal of poverty eradication that will also have the hallmarks of inclusiveness, good governance, the rule of law, gender equality and human rights. It is essential that a deliberate set of strategies be contemplated to protect against the exclusion from the benefits of such an agenda.”

The views expressed during the lecture series are not necessarily those of the UN or UNITAR.

The series is presented by Mark Skinner Library and sponsored by the Equinox Village, Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning, Maple Street School, and Northshire Bookstore.

TO REGISTER, CONTACT THE MARK SKINNER LIBRARY
802-549-4577 or events@markskinnerlibrary.org.



Women Building Peace
Date: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Maple Street School
Fee: $Free
Description: The final lecture in the three part series, “The World We Want: Goals and Challenges in Peace and Development in the United Nations.” Signe Burgstaller, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations will discuss ”Women Building Peace”.

According to the President of the UN General Assembly, “The international community is about to embark on the task of defining a post-2015 Development Agenda with the overarching goal of poverty eradication that will also have the hallmarks of inclusiveness, good governance, the rule of law, gender equality and human rights. It is essential that a deliberate set of strategies be contemplated to protect against the exclusion from the benefits of such an agenda.”

The views expressed during the lecture series are not necessarily those of the UN or UNITAR.

The series is presented by Mark Skinner Library and sponsored by the Equinox Village, Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning, Maple Street School, and Northshire Bookstore. It is free and open to the public.

TO REGISTER, CONTACT THE MARK SKINNER LIBRARY
802-549-4577 or events@markskinnerlibrary.org.



Francaise Made Simple
Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Time: 5:45-9 pm
Location: Manly Residence in Dorset
Fee: $45
Description: Chef Rick and Chef Crystal of the Dorset Union Store will cook up a classic menu of easy-to-prepare Chicken Francaise, Herbed Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine, and Strawberry Cream Roll. A seated dinner with wine will follow. Space is limited.



The Defense Intelligence Agency and the Middle East
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Time: 5:30-7pm
Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room
Fee: $$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Description: You know about the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA. But what do you know about the DIA --- Defense Intelligence Agency? Come and hear John Moore, DIA’s former senior expert on the Middle East, speak about his old agency and what is happening in the Middle East. The Arab Spring erupted over three years ago, yet the region has not moved forward democratically. Civil unrest, civil wars, and the rise of even more violent terrorist groups are the headlines we read. But there is hope that the negotiations between the international community and Iran will lead to a peaceful solution to Iran’s nuclear program. Israel and the Palestinians are negotiating a framework for a final peace agreement. John Moore will give his insights on these and other current developments.

John L. Moore has over 45 years of experience in dealing with the Middle East from an intelligence, policy and academic perspective. From 1968 to 2000, Mr. Moore was an analyst, senior analyst, and senior executive on the Middle East at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He now works as an independent consultant on the Middle East for the US Government, private firms and international organizations and has served as an instructor for courses provided by the Intelligence and Security Academy to various US intelligence agencies.



POTTERY WORKSHOP with Lauren Silver
Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Rowland Center
Fee: $150
Description: This 4-session workshop is designed to introduce students to the medium of clay. Students will learn the basic skills of hand-building --- pinch, coil, and slab --- as well as basic wheel-throwing techniques. All projects will be kiln fired. This workshop is open to all levels.

Classes will meet on 4 Wednesdays, June 18, 25, July, 2, 9.



TODAY'S HEADLINES Discussion Group
Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Time: 9:30-11 am
Location: Equinox Terrace
Fee: $$40
Description: An opportunity to voice your opinion on national and international issues and hear what others are thinking. The moderator serves as guide and provocateur as you explore timely topics. Lively discussion is the centerpiece of this course. Limited to 12 participants.

Doug Kniffin held several senior management positions at Time Inc. He was a County Budget Director in Washington State, CIO at New England’s largest water utility, and a writer and photographer for local newspapers. Doug has an MBA from Columbia University.

Thursdays, June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7



Cooking with Superfoods: A Healthified Version of a Burger and Fries
Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 7:00pm
Location: Equinox Village
Fee: $45
Description: Tom Festa, the executive chef of Equinox Village, will show how a few simple switches --- salmon for beef, sweet potatoes for potatoes --- can transform one of your favorite pub-menu indulgences into a satisfying and nutrition-packed meal. You’ll even learn a healthy and delicious no-fail dessert. A seated dinner with wine will follow the class. Space is limited.



The Burden of Democracy
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Time: 5:30-7pm
Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room
Fee: $$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Description: The United States invented the modern democratic republic in 1789 when our Constitution was drafted and then approved by the States. For nearly two-and-a-quarter centuries this basic document, with its 26 amendments, has served us pretty well and it has served as a model and even an inspiration for many democracies that have been established over the intervening years. But today the Constitution shows signs of fraying. How well does this venerable document serve our needs in the 21st Century? Is an outmoded Constitution in any way responsible for the political dysfunction so many believe afflicts the country today? Or does it contain the seeds of solutions to our contemporary malaise?

Steven Sinding was the Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation in London. He had a 20-year career at the U.S. Agency for International Development and served as Senior Population Advisor to the World Bank and later as Director of the Population Sciences program at the Rockefeller Foundation. He was Clinical Professor of Public Health at Columbia University. Now a senior fellow of the Guttmacher Institute, Dr. Sinding serves on a number of boards, and works as an international consultant.



NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: King Lear
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Time: 7pm
Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Riley Center for the Arts
Fee: $$18 adults; $12 seniors; $9 students
Description: Academy Award winner Sam Mendes returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favorite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.

National Theatre Live is sponsored by Aviva and distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BYExperience.

National Theatre Live: The best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world

Tickets are available online at bbatickets.com



The Burden of Empire
Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Time: 5:30-7pm
Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room
Fee: $$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Description: Empires have risen and fallen in the past two thousand years. What is it that brings empires to an end? There have been many differing reasons for their decline, but it can also be argued there are common denominators. Let us look back at some of these experiences to see what lessons may be drawn from history that might give us some parallels with the current situation of the United States.

Derek Boothby served in the United Nations for over 20 years, during which time he specialized in arms control issues. He was Deputy Director of Operations for weapons inspections in Iraq immediately after the first Gulf War, served on the personal staff of Cyrus Vance in his efforts to stop the war in Bosnia, was second-in-command of a 7,000 strong peace operation in Croatia, was Director of the Europe Division in the Department of Political Affairs, and Chairman of the UN Iraq Operational Group.



Discovering Vermont’s Architectural Treasures
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Time: 5:30-7 pm
Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room
Fee: $$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Description: Discover why the National Trust for Historical Places has twice, and uniquely, declared the entire state of Vermont a national treasure, not only for the quality and density of its historic architecture, but also for the conserved rural landscapes and vital small urban centers in which the notable buildings exist. We will discuss local architecture and the resources and qualities that make Vermont’s historic environment so richly significant.

Glenn Andres received degrees in architecture from Cornell University and architectural history from Princeton. At Middlebury College since 1970, he has taught, published and designed exhibitions on the history of American and, particularly, New England regional architecture. He is a member of the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and co-author of the recently released Buildings of Vermont sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians.



If I Hadn't Believed It, I Wouldn't Have Seen It - Exploring Systematic Racism and Its Implications for Our Lives and Work
Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 7:00pm
Location: Israel Congregation of Manchester
Fee: $$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Description: Is racism over now that we have a black President? Are we now living in a post-racial America? This workshop will examine race, privilege and systemic racism and their implications for all of our lives. Participants will deepen their competency for raising and addressing racism as a barrier to individuals, organizations, communities and our nation in living out our deepest values.

Paul Marcus is a white anti-racist activist, educator and consultant. He is the Director of Training and Education at Community Change, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts, an organization where he served as executive director for sixteen years. Founded in 1968, Community Change’s mission is to promote racial justice and equity by challenging systemic racism and acting as a catalyst for anti-racist action and learning. He taught “History and Development in the U.S.” at Boston College and “Realities of Racism and Oppression in the Modern World” at the Simmons Graduate School of Social Work.



NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: A Small Family Business
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Time: 7pm
Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Riley Center for the Arts
Fee: $$18 adults; $12 seniors; $9 students
Description: Jack McCracken is a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

National Theatre Live is sponsored by Aviva and distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BYExperience.

National Theatre Live: The best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world

Tickets are available online at bbatickets.com



An Italian Feast
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Time: 5:45-9pm
Location: Al Ducci's Italian Pantry
Fee: $$65
Description: Delight your senses and learn how to make fresh mozzarella, a mouth-watering antipasto, Al’s famous fresh tomato tart, arugula salad using good finishing olive oils to achieve the finest salad dressings, and manicotti made the traditional way using handmade crepes. Dessert will be an Espresso Panna Cotta. A seated dinner with wine in the Trattoria will follow the cooking demonstration. Space is limited.



Weaving a Market Basket
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Southern Vermont Arts Center, Madeira Education Center
Fee: $$55
Description: Perfect for gathering veggies from the garden, the large market basket is built on an oak handle and measures 8 x 12 inches at the base with 6-inch walls. Fun and functional art at its best.

Joy Stewart has been weaving baskets for 18 years. Beginning as a hobby, she now enjoys sharing her love of basket weaving and expertise with others.



HILLS ALIVE!: “Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress”: The Legacy of Anton Chekhov
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room
Fee: $$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Description: Russian author Anton Chekhov composed some three hundred short stories and about a dozen plays, which together established his worldwide fame before he died of tuberculosis at the age of forty-four. This lecture explores Chekhov’s enduring legacy as a fiction writer and dramatist by focusing on a single story, “The Lady with the Little Dog,” and perhaps Chekhov’s greatest play, The Cherry Orchard. We will consider not only the esthetic subtlety that made Chekhov, a practicing physician throughout his life, into the quintessential writer’s writer, but also the ethical nuances that have kept his works at the heart of modern literature for more than a century.

Suggested Reading: Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard and “The Lady with the Little Dog” (variously titled “Lady with Lapdog” and “The Lady with the Dog”).

Julie Cassiday works as a Professor of Russian at Williams College, where she teaches Russian language, literature, and culture in the Department of German and Russian, as well as world literature for the Program in Comparative Literature. She travels regularly to Russia for her research, which focuses on performance in Russian culture from the nineteenth century to the present day. She has published on topics ranging from Stalinist show trials to the so-called cult of personality surrounding Vladimir Putin.

This offering is part of Hills Alive! A Festival of the Arts in Southern Vermont.



Master and Commander - Ludwig van Beethoven
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time: 2-3pm and 3:15-4:15pm
Location: Southern Vermont Arts Center, Yester House
Fee: $$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Description: Lecture One:
Why Listening to Beethoven Still Matters
Who was Beethoven and why do we still listen to his music? What is there in the symphonies, string quartets and other works written 200 years ago that still speaks to us? In this talk, Erik Nielsen will explore Beethoven, his times and some of the musical approaches he used in creating his masterpieces. Mr. Nielsen will show through examples why Beethoven’s work remains fresh and inspiring today and why listening to it is still a moving experience.

Lecture Two:
The Emperor Concerto and Symphony #7
Erik Nielsen will discuss two of Beethoven’s most popular and enduring works - the Piano Concerto #5 (nicknamed The Emperor) and Symphony #7. Both are works from his late-middle period when he was at the height of his popularity. Both reflect his continuing exploration of existing forms and his innovative approach to creating within them. Mr. Nielsen will use examples to help listeners explore the works with greater understanding and derive increased enjoyment from the upcoming Manchester Music Festival concert.

Erik Nielsen’s compositional catalog includes works of chorus, orchestra, wind ensemble, solo instruments, chamber music of many configurations, works for dance, film and electronic music. His works have been performed in Canada, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and the United States. He teaches music theory and composition with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, the Monteverdi School and privately.

Following the lectures, everyone is invited to stop in and listen to the Manchester Music Festival rehearsal in the Arkell Pavillion.

On Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 pm, The Manchester Festival Orchestra conducted by Ariel Rudiakov, with Davide Cabassi, piano soloist, and Joana Genova, concertmaster will perform Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and the majestic ‘Emperor’ Concerto No. 5. Concert tickets are available for purchase by calling the MMF office at 362-1956 or online at mmfvt.org.



An Introduction to Vermont Legal History
Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Time: 5:30-7pm
Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room
Fee: $$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Description: Vermont history begins at the Cephas Kent Tavern and Fort Ticonderoga. Once the residents of the New Hampshire Grants declared themselves independent from Great Britain and New York, they adopted a constitution, elected a governor and legislature, and began life as an independent country. A crude copy of the Connecticut laws of 1762 and one volume of Blackstone’s Commentaries helped them design and build institutions from the ground up. In the first generation after independence Vermonters established a working court system and began exploring what justice meant in the Green Mountains, where the “god of the hills” had been the only law. Legitimacy was the goal, and it was achieved through trial and error, largely by untrained men without precedents or form. How those early Vermonters designed the judicial system and a Vermont jurisprudence is the story of Vermont.

Paul Gillies is the author of Uncommon Law, Ancient Road, and Other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History (2013). He is a partner in the Montpelier law firm of Tarrant, Gillies, Merriman & Richardson, and once served as Vermont Deputy Secretary of State.



The Journey of Late Life and Slow Medicine
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Time: 2-3:30 pm
Location: Equinox Village
Fee: $$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Description: Along with increasing longevity for many of us come more complex health problems and decision-making. The Slow Medicine philosophy and practices are embedded in better understanding late life journey. Developed over several decades of caring for elders and their families, including the start-up decade of Kendal-at-Hanover, one of the U.S.’s most highly rated Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Slow Medicine resonates with individuals, families, and health care systems in many countries. Dr. McCullough will help us learn more about the aging landscape and how best to engage healthcare decisions and complex healthcare systems.

This program is co-sponsored by Equinox Village.

Dennis McCullough, M.D., has been an “in-the-trenches” family physician and geriatrician for over 30 years. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and trained in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. He has served as a long-time faculty member in Dartmouth’s Department of Community and Family Medicine and the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging. The New York Times has credited Dr. McCullough with creating the term “Slow Medicine” to describe a new approach for improved quality eldercare. His book, My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing “Slow Medicine”, the Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones (HarperCollins, 2008) lays out the humane complement to the world of American high-tech “fast” medicine.



Inequality: What Is It? Does It Matter?
Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Time: 5:30-7pm
Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room
Fee: $$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Description: Inequality has emerged as one of the most important and controversial issues facing the industrialized world and especially contemporary America. It has far reaching consequences that affect society at large, the economy, and our political processes. Some even consider it a threat to democracy. Only by understanding what inequality is and how it has changed over the past few decades can we grapple with these consequences. This presentation lays out the facts, and then identifies their most significant causes. After that we can take a look at differing views on whether our current level of inequality matters, and if it does, what we can do about it.

Peter Radford is the publisher of The Radford Free Press, a blog on economics covering contemporary issues and the state of economic theory. More broadly he is also a writer and consultant on economics and business theory. He is a co-founder and serves on the executive committee of the World Economics Association.



The Global Financial Crisis Five Years Later: Are We Any Safer?
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Time: 5:30-7pm
Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room
Fee: $$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Description: Five years after the global financial meltdown that caused unprecedented damage on both Wall Street and Main Street, some argue that excessive financial risk taking is under control and sweeping regulatory reforms are working. Others are convinced that the underlying causes of the financial crisis have not been effectively addressed by either government or the private finance industry and, as a result, it’s just a matter of time before we suffer the consequences of “déjà vu all over again.” Dr. Leeds lecture and discussion will weigh the merits of these polarized views.

Roger Leeds is Professor of International Finance at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Director of the School’s Center for International Business and Public Policy. He has published widely in the field of international finance and development, lectured at numerous universities around the world, and been a guest commentator on various radio and television programs, including CNN, Bloomberg News, CBS News, CNBC, and National Public Radio. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York.



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