Presenter: Tamara J. Miller

Date: Monday, Feb. 8

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn: 5 East Baxter Lane.

For almost 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. From the Scopes Trial of 1925 to the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the ACLU has been at the center of civil rights and civil liberties struggles. Montana’s strong sense of independence and individual freedom is reflected in the history of the Montana ACLU. It is not surprising that Montana Congresswoman Jeanette Rankin was one of the co- founders and promoters of the ACLU.

Tamara-MillerPresenter Bio: Tamara J. Miller is the former Dean of the Library at MSU. She grew up in Great Falls. Her career as an academic librarian took her to the University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, and the University of Tennessee. As a long time member of the ACLU and the Freedom to Read Foundation, she has an abiding interest in intellectual freedom, free speech, privacy and unfiltered access to online information. She retired in Bozeman in 2012 and serves on the Board of Directors of ACLU Montana.


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