Instructor: William Dietsch

Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 14th  to Oct. 19th

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

A series of lectures and discussion exploring the genesis and possible fate of the universe, the life cycle of stars and the evolution of the elements, our search for exoplanets, the possibility of intelligent alien life and the speculation that an infinite number of universes exist, many of which have copies of you (some identical, some not). Together we will explore some excogitative theories as well as established cosmological principles, all on the cutting edge of science’s understanding of our existential milieu. One will take away a new appreciation of the circumstances of our existence and our place in the universe.

Class Format: presentation followed by discussion and Q&A

Readings: (suggested): The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality (Greene); Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by (Thorne/Hawking); A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell (Hawking); Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos (Kaku).

Instructor bio: William Dietsch has been a science educator for 46 years having taught on the high school and college levels. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from Montclair State University and a Ph.D. in physics from Atlantic International University. He has been the recipient of numerous study and research grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Energy, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His most recent role was as a grant-funded STEM consultant and science professional development presenter in New Jersey.

 

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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