We are offering two classes for ESI College Online’s January-February 2023 term, serving those age 60 and older. Registration is open, and classes begin January 31.

Course Listings

(Please click on course titles for more information)

Robert Wyatt. Frédéric Chopin: An Intimate Portrait of the Man and His Music. Tuesday, January 31, 10:30-11:45 a.m. ~ $20

Paul Christensen, Book Group: Reading The Sun Also Rises as Modern Mythology. Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22, 1:30-2:45 p.m. ~ $50, plus cost of book


Register for classes over the Internet! Simply click here:


  • We use an online registration system named “Wufoo” that provides an easy-to-use form to select your classes.
  • Please sign up at least 48 hours in advance so we can be in touch with you about the class.
  • Some classes have limited enrollment; others have readings. 
  • Each person in your household must register separately. If you share the same email address, simply fill out a separate form for each person.
  • The registration system calculates the amount owed on a per person basis ($20 per session, per person; $50 per person for a three-session book group). The total cost for your classes will be listed when you complete your registration. 
  • Some courses may require you to purchase books that will be available at the Vermont Book Shop at a discounted price.
  • After you submit your form, you will receive an automated email confirmation from “Elderly Services-ESI College <no-reply@wufoo.com>.”

Payment Options

  • You may pay by check. Please send it (within a week of registration) to:
    Elderly Services-ESI College
    P.O. Box 581
    Middlebury, VT 05753
  • Or, you may make a debit/credit card payment via PayPal, as you complete the online registration form. You do not need a PayPal account to use this feature.

Connecting Online

  • To participate you’ll need a computer, tablet, iPad, Chromebook, or smartphone with Zoom set up on it. A device with a webcam is preferable so people can see you. 
  • We email you a Zoom link for each class in the morning of each day’s class.
  • We don’t want technology to be a barrier! Please call us (802.388.3983) or email (college@elderlyservices.org) to learn more and schedule an appointment as we would be happy to help.

Day-of-Class Technical Support

  • We have technical support for every class session. 
  • If you bump into any issues on the day of the class, please do not hesitate to call our support line at 802.349.2686. Please note: This is a new support line number we use only during class sessions.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Kristin Bolton
Jeff Rehbach
Geetha Wunnava

Course Listings for January-February 2023

Frédéric Chopin: An Intimate Portrait of the Man and His Music
Instructor: Robert Wyatt
Date: Tuesday, January 31
Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Cost: $20

Description: When Frédéric Chopin entered Paris in 1831, he found there a bustling city of 650,000 people living within a society rife with artistic and political luminaries. And here in the most enlightened of all European cities, Chopin would produce his most glorious masterworks. In Paris, Chopin was integrated into a circle of friends who collectively shaped the cultural movement coined “romanticism.” Friendship of George Sand, writers Balzac, Hugo and Heine, painter Eugene Delacroix, and the composers Liszt, Berlioz, Bellini and Rossini, certainly influenced the music that has immortalized Chopin as one of the supreme composers of all time.

Instructor: Robert Wyatt is a Steinway Artist who has performed throughout the United States and internationally, gathering critical acclaim for sensitive and colorful solo and chamber music recitals. He delights audiences with a rare blend of pianistic savvy and engaging storytelling that makes each performance a creative event.

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Book Group: Reading The Sun Also Rises as Modern Mythology
Instructor: Paul Christensen
Dates: Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22
Time: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Cost: $50, plus cost of book

Description: This course will feature discussions and analysis of Hemingway’s first novel, The Sun Also Rises (1926), his most popular and well-received novel. It describes the bohemian life of American and British expats living in and around the Left Bank of Paris, the notorious Latin Quarter populated by students of the Sorbonne and those just hanging out in the cafes, living what would later be called a hippie lifestyle. The plot is fairly skimpy, a trip to Pamplona, Spain, to watch the bullfights, where love affairs form and dissolve without moral consequences. But under this surface of rootless life may well lurk a much deeper layer of mystery that Hemingway carefully probes, the ancient religion of Mithraism, with Mithra as a mythical bull-fighter who slays a sacred totem of the ancient world. Hemingway needed a root to spirituality and found it in the Spanish love of the bullfight, which reenacts such mythological scenes of bull slaying in modern times. Around this ritual are the figures struggling to find meaning in their lives. As an early instance of the Modernist novel, Hemingway may well have set in motion the quest for divine vision at the heart of early 20th century longing for order and salvation.

Instructor: Paul Christensen taught contemporary literature at Texas A&M University and coordinated its creative writing program. His short stories have appeared in national journals and reviews, and he is the author of two memoirs and studies of the American poets Charles Olson and Clayton Eshleman.

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