Friday, May 4, 2018

Last OLLI program is “Political Polarization in the United States”

Eric Davis will present the OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program Tuesday, May 8. “Political Polarization in the United States: Causes and Consequences” at 2 p.m. at the Nolin Murray Center next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Pleasant St. in Springfield.

Eric Davis will present the OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program Tuesday, May 8. “Political Polarization in the United States: Causes and Consequences” will be presented at 2 p.m. at the Nolin Murray Center next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Pleasant St. in Springfield, Vt.

He’ll consider the causes of the political polarization that has increased in our country over the past 15 to 20 years to an all-time high. This has resulted in a dysfunctional political system oriented toward short-term solutions in the face of serious policy problems that require longer-term action.

Davis is Professor Emeritus of political science at Middlebury College and a nationally recognized expert on Vermont and national politics. He has been a close observer of presidential, congressional, and Vermont elections for more than 30 years.

Davis writes a biweekly political column for the Addison Independent, and frequently provides political commentary for several Vermont and national media organizations, including Vermont Public Radio, WCAX-TV, Rutland Herald, New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and National Public Radio.

The May 8 program will be the final program of the spring semester. The fall semester will begin Sept. 4.

OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, affiliated with the University of Vermont, is a local membership program geared towards seniors 50 years and older who want to engage in meaningful learning, “just for the fun of it!” People of all ages are welcome to attend.

The OLLI series programs are selected with input from the local members and carry varied themes from semester to semester including history, art, music, literature, health, nature, science, travel, and current events.

Programs are held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons and last about an hour and a half.

Membership includes 9 programs. Nonmembers are encouraged and welcome to attend individual lectures for a single program fee. Memberships, as well as single program fees, may be paid at the program.

The complete Springfield and statewide program list is available on the internet at www.learn.uvm.edu/olli. Choose statewide programs from the menu, and then scroll to Springfield.



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