Instructor: Jennifer Hill

Dates: Tuesdays, Nov. 1st to Dec. 6th

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

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

In a whirlwind trip through time, this Wonderlust course will explore reproduction and birth control from ancient fertility rituals to the Pill. The six-course sessions are titled, Ancient Contraceptive Methods – Egyptians and Anglo-Saxon Fertility Rituals; Early America– Midwives, Slavery, Abortion, and Herbs; Reproduction in the American West; Pills, Pessaries, and Condoms – Vice and Technology; Cold War Contraception – Bombs and Babies; and Discovering the Cervix.

Class Format: lecture and discussion

Readings: Suggested readings will be provided

Instructor Bio: Jennifer Hill, Ph.D., specializes in reproductive history and is currently working on a book exploring childbirth in the American West. Since women continue to have babies, her work connects past and present in surprising ways. In addition to research, writing and teaching, she gets excited about gardening, running, and eating.


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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 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