PRESENTER: Ambassador Brooke Anderson
DATES: Monday, April 13 
TIME: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Pilgrim Congregational Church

flagsCOURSE INFO: Wonderlust is again privileged to have Ambassador Brooke Anderson join us to discuss our National Security and Policy Making in light of current world events.

PRESENTER BIO: Ambassador Anderson brings more than 20 years’ experience working in the public policy arena – as a Senior Director at the White House National Security Council and in senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, in the U.S. Congress and in the nonprofit and private sector. She previously was Chief of Staff and Counselor to Ambassador Susan E. Rice.

Prior to joining the United States Mission to the United Nations, Anderson served as Chief National Security Spokesperson and Policy Advisor for the Obama-Biden Transition.  She was also member of the White House National Security Council Transition Team, advising on the National Security Council structure and policy agenda. 

Anderson previously worked at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and was co-director of the Nuclear Security Project, which is led by former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn.  Anderson graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.   She was an intern at the United Nations in 1986.



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 September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust