INSTRUCTOR: Doug Young
DATES: tuesdays; nov. 4 to Dec. 2 
TIME: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Pilgrim Congregational Church


nepal children native dressCOURSE INFO: This course will examine facts and issues in international economic development. Why is the usA so rich and healthy? And why is India not? Is income related to “happiness”? How are health and income related? What is the outlook for world population and poverty? how does international trade affect job opportunities in both exporting and importing nations? Are Ameri- can jobs going to China? What are exchange rates and what role does China’s manipulation of its currency play? looking to the future, do federal Budget deficits threaten our (grand-) children’s future?

CLASS FORMAT: lecture and discussion

READINGS: readings will be e-mailed. If interested: The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli and Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Doug Young bought a VW van in Europe in 1971 and drove it to India (and back). After getting his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, he taught economics at MSU from 1977 to 2013. He has been a visiting professor at half a dozen universities in Africa and Asia and in 2013 travelled to Kenya with MSU’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

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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 www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust