Fall Osher lectures on Japan, local authors

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DUMMERSTON — The Brattleboro Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute begins its 14th series of morning and afternoon lectures on Monday.

In the morning lecture, Seth Harter, a teacher of Asian studies and history at Marlboro College, will lecture on Japanese ways of seeing, writing, painting, building, cooking, and pursuing other activities, with emphasis on five disciplines. In the afternoon talks, six Brattleboro-area authors will discuss their careers as writers in the community.

In the first Monday's morning lecture, Seth Harter will consider Japanese history and culture. In the afternoon, Archer Mayor will discuss his Vermont-based police procedural novels.

The Osher Lectures are held on six successive Mondays. Morning lectures run from 10 a.m. to noon; afternoon lectures, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Next Monday's lecture will be held at the Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5. Parking and handicapped access are available, and light refreshments are served at the lectures. The lectures are produced by the Brattleboro OLLI chapter. OLLI is a nationwide membership organization sponsoring programs for people aged 50 and over who wish to continue their education without tests, papers, or grades. Payment of full membership dues ($50) entitles members to attend all 12 lectures in the present series. Partial memberships ($30) entitle subscribers to attend six sessions in either morning or afternoon, but not both. Couples are welcome to join as full members at a discounted rate of $80 ($50 for partial membership). Lectures are also open to nonmembers for a fee of $6 per lecture. For more information, contact Julie Lavorgna at 802-365-7278 or julielavorgna@gmail.com.

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