Presenter: Joan Hoff

Date: Monday, April 11

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

Location: Holiday Inn: 5 East Baxter Lane.

Among the topics covered in this presentation are these: The most important decision any president makes is to go to war. The development of the atomic bomb and nuclear weapons during the Cold War increased presidential power and a penchant for secrecy when making war. Most presidents have not told the truth when taking the nation to war. The country has now been on a continuous war alert since 1945 or for almost 70 years. Ironically, waging a successful war is the best way for a president to ensure a positive legacy.

Joan-HoffPresenter Bio:  Joan Hoff is Research Professor of History at MSU. A specialist in the American presidency, U.S. foreign policy and politics, and women’s legal history, she is the former Director of the Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University, former Director of the Center for the Study of the Presidency in New York and former Executive Director of the Organization of American Historians. Her latest book, Faustian Foreign Policy from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Other books include: Nixon Reconsidered; Herbert Hoover:


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