We are pleased to be offering four classes for ESI College Online’s November-December 2022 term, serving those age 60 and older. Registration is open, and classes begin November 3.

Course Listings

(Please click on course titles for more information)

Barbara Brosnan. Book Discussion: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Thursdays, November 3, 10, 17, 10:30-11:45 ~ $30, plus cost of book

Robert Wyatt. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Giant of Romanticism. Tuesday, November 22, 10:30-11:45 ~ $10

Elise Blair. Aging Gracefully: Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage. Wednesdays, November 30, December 7, 14, 1:30-2:45 ~ $30, plus cost of book

Andrew Munkres. Understanding Pollinator Loss. Thursday, December 15, 10:30-11:45 ~ $10


  • 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 ($10 per session, per person). 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 November-December 2022

Book Discussion: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Instructor: Barbara Brosnan
Date: Thursdays, November 3, 10, 17
Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Cost: $30, plus cost of book

PLEASE NOTE: Sign-up for this course was also included in the September-October registration form. If you signed up for Barbara’s class on The Great Gatsby using that form, you do NOT need to sign up again now. Thanks!

Description: F. Scott Fitzgerald not only named the Jazz Age in America, he lived it. Regarded as one of the finest novels of the twentieth century, The Great Gatsby has emerged as a vivid icon of the period and of American class structure, then and perhaps today. We will discuss some of his writing techniques as we also notice characteristics of Fitzgerald himself in each of the three major male characters. The tone of the novel deeply probes Fitzgerald’s conflicting attitudes and reveals the underlying darkness which haunted his own life. The result is a pervasive irony. F. Scott Fitzgerald took his time writing and re-writing this novel. While he was a complicated man, he was every bit a writer who was dedicated to creating his art. We will read the novel in three sections for our classes, and I would suggest that, if you have time, do a little background research on your own. 

Instructor: Barbara Brosnan has taught literature and writing in three states and from grades eight to graduate courses. She has published professional articles and won awards for her poetry and essays. Now retired, she is enjoying taking and teaching classes at Elderly Services College.

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Course: Sergei Rachmaninoff: Giant of Romanticism
Instructor: Robert Wyatt
Date: Tuesday, November 22 (Rescheduled from October 11, 2022)
Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Cost: $10

Description: Stravinsky portrayed Rachmaninoff as “a six-and-a-half-foot scowl,” a man who remained aloof and pensive while creating music that was anything but introspective. Certainly he was an enigma, both as an individual and as a composer who was equally gifted as a pianist and conductor. Rachmaninoff speculated about “chasing three hares,” wondering whether his inability to balance his three passions might diminish his reputation. Yet in 2022, one year shy of the 150th anniversary of his birth, his legacy is not only intact but his works remain symbolic of all that is alluring in Western classical music.

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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Course: Aging Gracefully – Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage
Instructor: Elise Blair
Dates: Wednesdays, November 30, December 7, 14
Time: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Cost: $30, plus cost of book

Description: In Anne Lamott’s most recent book, Dusk, Night, Dawn, she explores many of the subjects that keep us up at night. Published during the second year of COVID, Lamott’s book tackles the hard topics of today with wisdom and humor as well as through the lens of age – a chapter she has coined “the third-third of life.” Lamott explores the question, “Where on earth do we start to get our world and joy and hope and our faith in life itself back?” Join us as we discuss this and many other questions Lamott thoughtfully ponders in this book. 

Instructor: Elise Blair trained and worked in the Netherlands as an industrial social worker. She became a psychoanalyst in Washington, D.C., and had a private practice for 30 years. She played a large role in the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis as a teacher, board member and president. She is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

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Course: Understanding Pollinator Loss
Instructor: Andrew Munkres
Date: Thursday, December 15
Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Cost: $10

Description: Honey bees and wild pollinators are a vital part of our agriculture system, pollinating one third of our crops, yet they’re struggling to survive. Learn more about the challenges pollinators are facing, and understand the different policy initiatives nationally, internationally, and here in Vermont to support pollinator survival.

Instructor: Andrew Munkres is the president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and is a sought-after speaker at local and national conferences. From his treatment-free apiary, Lemon Fair Honeyworks, located in Cornwall, he sells raw honey and honeycomb, nucleus colonies and queens.

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