Town and Village

Next Stage hosts Osher lectures

PUTNEY — Putney Community Cares is presenting a pair of Osher Lifelong Learning events at Next Stage in Putney and online. These events, sponsored by the University of Vermont, require advance registration, and events will be cancelled due to low enrollment, if necessary.

On Sunday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, William "Bill" Holiday will host "JFK Assassination - What They Told Me." The talk is based on his upcoming book of the same name detailing experiences related to him by eyewitnesses to various aspects of the assassination. Holiday taught social studies at Brattleboro Union High School for 28 years.

Some witnesses in this book are researchers, some are doctors who tried to save President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald; one is an ambulance driver, another, a 17-year-old woman who was in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963. "It's a complicated case," says Holiday, "and this book makes no effort to solve it or suggest the mountain of theories as to who was involved or what motivation he/she/they might have had."

On Sunday, Dec. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Emily Monosson presents "Blight: Fungi and the Coming Pandemic," about the devastating impacts of emergent, or relatively new, fungal pathogens across species.

Monosson says that wildlife, crops, and forests - humans too - are all potential hosts for deadly fungal pathogens. Following readings of selected chapter excerpts, there will be plenty of time for more in-depth discussion of the problems of fungal pandemics and epidemics and possible strategies for prevention, resurrection or protection of susceptible species.

Register online at The cost is $8 per lecture, or $15 for both. Participants who choose the online option will receive a reminder email one day prior to the lecture date, which will include login info.

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