“Red Scare in the Green Mountains” is next OLLI program

Red Scare
Author Rick Winston will speak about his book, “Red Scare in the Green Mountains” at the next OLLI program Oct. 1. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Rick Winston will present the next OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. with “Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1946-1960.” It will be presented at the Nolin Murray Center next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Pleasant Street in Springfield, Vt.

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. See how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time.

Winston, a film historian who has previously presented film topics to the group, will share insights from his book about the Red Scare in Vermont, including a high-profile academic firing, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, courageous newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy’s tactics, and Springfield’s conservative senator, Ralph Flanders, who led the fight to censure Joseph McCarthy in the U.S. Senate. Winston’s book is the culmination of 30 years of a personal journey through research and writing essays about this topic.

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 who are interested in this type of program 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.

Membership for the semester includes nine programs. Nonmembers are encouraged and welcome to attend individual lectures for a single program fee. Single program fees may be paid at the program.

The following OLLI program will be two weeks later Oct. 15. Hank Kaestner will speak about “The Jewels of Ecuador” showing photographs of the many birds he observed as he traveled as a spice procurer for McCormick Spices.

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

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