PRESENTER: Michael Beehler
DATES: Monday, February 16 
TIME: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Aspen Pointe

MSUWonderlust Spr15-PRINT Page 12 Image 0001COURSE INFO: How can poetry matter in a contemporary world dominated by 140-character Twitter feed and mass consumed narratives?  In this Side Trip we will consider this question.  First, we will look at the issue of poetry matters:  that is, we will spend the first half of the class getting familiar with the matter or details necessary to reading poetry in a careful and rewarding manner. Then, in the second half, we will use our reading skills to look at how poetry matters by closely reading some poems to understand the complexity of their construction and the significance of their effect.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Michael Beehler is Professor Emeritus of English at Montana State University.  He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1978, and before coming to MSU in 1985 taught at the University of Texas at Austin.  He has published and lectured widely on American literature, literary theory, and architecture and literature.  From 2003 to 2007 he served as Chair of the MSU English Department, and in 2003 was awarded the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  He currently enjoys retirement, which includes singing with the Intermountain Opera and the Bozeman Symphony Chorus.



Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust