ESI College – Catalog of available courses, with brief descriptions

Great teachers join us for ESI College, offering everything from one-hour lectures to six-week courses.

You can view the current season of ESI College classes here. [ You can also download and/or print out a PDF version. ]

Once you’ve selected a course, or courses, print and fill out the ESI College registration form (PDF) and send it to Elderly Services-ESI College, P.O. Box 581, Middlebury, VT 05753. The form has information on registration deadlines for each season of classes.

Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Cost: $20

Description: This course offers an exploration of our region’s most iconic building type from the 17th through the early 19th centuries. Professor Andres will examine its origins, its program, its use and its evolution from the purposefully non-ecclesiastical forms of the early colonies into the spired Federal churches that came to grace many a village green. In the process, he will cite notable Vermont examples.

Instructor: Glenn Andres taught History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College from 1970 to 2015. He is a long-time member of the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and co-author of Buildings of Vermont (2014). Among many articles, lectures, exhibitions and bicycle tours in which he has drawn upon Vermont history, Glenn’s “Walking History of Middlebury” is a popular, local favorite.
The Arc of the Narrative

George Gershwin and Cole Porter: Giants of American Song

Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 26
Cost: $20

Description: Through two very different cultural pathways, these two iconic composers created the core of what has become the golden age of American song. This presentation will combine insights into Gershwin’s and Porter’s personal background with piano selections from their greatest work.

Instructor: Richard Hawley, Ph.D., is a lifelong teacher, writer and musician. For four decades he taught, coached and counseled boys at Cleveland’s University School, serving for 17 years as the school’s headmaster. He has published 30 books and dozens of articles, stories and poems. Also a lifelong piano player, Richard has performed in jazz clubs and other venues across the country.

The Presidential Election of 2020: After Super Tuesday

Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Dates: Thursday, March 12
Cost: $20

Description: By the time this class is held, close to half of the delegates to the Democratic Convention will have been elected. How will the results of the Democratic primaries and caucuses, the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, the economy, foreign policy, and other issues and events affect public opinion and the presidential campaign?

Instructor: Eric Davis (B.A., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D. Stanford University) is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Middlebury College. From 1980 to 2008 he taught courses on American politics. Since retiring, he has continued to be a close observer of Vermont and national politics, writing a column for the Addison Independent and providing analysis for local and national media.

The New England Meetinghouse / Glenn Andres / Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10-11:30 a.m.

The Arc of the Narrative / Bill Schubart / Tuesdays, Feb. 25 & March 3, 10-11:30 a.m.

George Gershwin & Cole Porter / Richard Hawley / Wednesday, Feb. 26 u 1:30-3 p.m.

On Assignment / Jim Blair / Tuesdays, March 10 & 17, 1:30-3 p.m.

Perennials / Elise Blair / Wednesdays, March 11, 18 & 25, 10-11:30 a.m. OR 1:30 -3 p.m.

Presidential Election 2020 / Eric Davis / Thursday, March 12, 10-11:30 a.m