DATES: Wednesdays; April 1 - May 6 
TIME: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Aspen Pointe

MSUWonderlust Spr15-PRINT Page 10 Image 0001COURSE INFO: In Turks Across Empires, Dr. James Meyer explores the lives of the pan-Turkists. Muslim activists from late 19th century Russia, the pan-Turkists were the scourge of Russian and European journalists, government officials, and experts on the Islamic world, who considered them dangerous terrorists. In this wide-ranging course, Meyer lectures on a broad array of issues and developments taking place in the decades preceding the First World War. Spanning across Russia and the Middle East, this course examines Islam, the media, and international geopolitics in the late imperial era, connecting these topics to issues in our present day.

CLASS FORMAT: Lecture and discussion


INSTRUCTOR BIO: James H. Meyer is assistant professor of Islamic world history at Montana State University. After moving to Istanbul at age 22 to teach English, Meyer lived in Turkey for seven years before returning to the United States to pursue graduate studies in modern Middle Eastern and Russian history. Meyer is the author of Turks Across Empires, which is to be published by Oxford University Press in November of 2014.

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 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