Upcoming Forum Friday, March 11th. 12-1:30pm

Bozeman Public Library’s large community room 

Join Wonderlust and the Bozeman Public Library Foundation for an informative talk by Michael W. Cotter, United States Attorney District of Montana, nominated by President Barack Obama.

Cotter will speak about the office of the U.S. Attorney General and the important work it does for the people of Montana. Based on his storied career in the justice system, Cotter can speak to a variety issues. In October 2014, Cotter was selected to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, which advises the Attorney General on Department of Justice policy and operations for the improvement of the criminal justice system and delivery of legal services. In April of 2015, he was appointed to serve as the Chairman for the Native American Issue Subcommittee, which is comprised of 30 U.S. Attorneys who advise the Attorney General on policy and issues concerning Indian Country.

Cotter’s family hails from eastern Montana. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1971, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He served in the United States Army as 1st Lieutenant from 1972 to 1974 and was honorably discharged. Cotter received a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Utah and earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1977.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve in this post as the United States Attorney for the District of Montana,” said Cotter. “It is truly the best job that I have ever had. It is an absolute pleasure to work every day with men and women, who have committed their lives to public service, making our communities safer and better places to live.”

The informal presentation will be followed by Q&A.

Friday Forum is a monthly speaker series sponsored by Wonderlust, a non-profit organization dedicated to life-long learning, and is hosted by its partner, the Bozeman Library Foundation. 




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