Rutland Area Osher
Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture Series

Sessions are 1:30 to 3 pm. on Friday afternoons. Each session includes a talk followed by time for questions & answers, comments & discussion. We are grateful to the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department and to the volunteers who make this program possible.  For more information call 446-2041 or 492-2300. No lecture April 14.


May 5 -The Devil’s Cabinet: The Famous Eddy Family of Spirit Mediums

Come learn about the famous Eddy family of Chittenden, Vermont, who, during the mid to late 1800s, became world-renowned as spirit mediums with the alleged ability of generating full-bodied spirit manifestations of the departed.  Jason Smiley, who has been researching the Eddy family for the past eight years, will speak about the hopeful travelers as well as skeptics who flocked to Chittenden to witness these phenomena for themselves.

May 12 -Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: A Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables. Garden vegetables have fascinating origins, complex histories, and quirky cultural and intriguing science connections.  Science/history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss what makes a vegetable a vegetable, why a lot of us don’t like beets, and how George Washington was nearly done in by a poisoned plate of peas.  

May 19 -Preventing Vermont’s Seniors From Scams and Fraud. Financial crimes committed against seniors have risen to 1 in 5 Americans who have fallen victim to elder financial abuse.  Michael Pieciak, Commissioner of the Dept. of Financial Regulation, will explain the work of the Senior Safe Task Force.  He will also discuss the latest frauds and provide methods to avoid becoming a victim as well as explain the Department’s multifaceted response to this pervasive problem.

May 26 -Adventures in Mime and Space, A Tribute to Marcel Marceau
Since Rob Mermin ran off to join the circus in 1969, he has performed in circus, theatre, TV and film.  He trained under the legendary French mime Marcel Marceau and today will express a reverent yet critical look at him and the art of Mime.  He’ll show rare film of the masters performing and teaching, accompanied by live demonstration and personal anecdotes