DATES: Thursdays; March 19, 26 April 2, 9, 16 & 23 
TIME: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Aspen Pointe

volcanoCOURSE INFO: The course is a cultural study of the Roman town of Pompeii, famously buried in the 79 AD eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Topics include its richly evocative and complex history as a prosperous town on the Bay of Naples in the ancient world, with vibrant entries into conversations about art and architecture as experienced in the context of daily life.   This course also considers its later phases of reception—its second and third lives so to speak-- as a site for treasure hunting by the Bourbon kings, a site for the modern development of archaeological methods, a site for tourism with attendant preservation issues, and even its continuing existence in terms of pop culture references, including books and films.


READINGS: The Fires of Vesuvius by Mary Beard; ISBN-13: 978-06-740-4586-6

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Dr. Regina Gee is an Associate Professor of art history in the School of Art with a Ph.D. in Roman Art and Architecture (UT Austin). Since 2007, she has been part of the Oplontis Project, which has as its goal the complete publication of the Roman villa, “Villa Oplontis” buried in the 79 eruption that buried the nearby town of Pompeii.  Within the project, Dr. Gee has the responsibility for the publication of the frescoes in the villa, which are some of the most spectacular from ancient Italy and include over 60 rooms of wall paintings.  She has published and lectured extensively on the topic, including at the Cornell campus in Rome, the University of Texas at Austin, Princeton University, the University of Kansas and, most recently, the Getty Villa in Malibu.

COST: $75


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